Institut für Kognitionswissenschaft

Institute of Cognitive Science

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Useful information for bachelor students

Index of this page:

How to get a Transcript of Records (TOR)

How to re-register for the 3rd Semester (mandatory!)

Mandatory semester abroad

How to get approval of foreign university credits (e.g., from your semester abroad)

How to get approval for Online Courses

How to get approval of foreign internship credits

How to register for modular examinations

How to register your bachelor’s thesis

How to get various statements and confirmations needed for external applications

Re-register after the 4th semester (BAföG-Form 5)

How to get a Transcript of Records (TOR)

  1. Collect your certificates at the Examinations Office. Type the chronologically ordered list of your courses into the appropriate document:

    New study regulations: TOR_Bsc_PO_ab_2011.odt

    1. If you have already completed one or more of your modular examinations, add them to the list under section “Modular Examinations”.
    2. If you already have approved credits from foreign universities, add them to the list under section “Courses transferred from other universities”.

  2. Save the file as an OpenDocument Text (.odt) and email your transcript to the Examinations Office.
  3. Visit the Examinations Office during the respective office hours and bring along your chronologically ordered certificates and an Opium printout, for cross-checking.
  4. Your TOR will be processed, and can be collected in the Examinations Office (usually) one week later.

Attention: the processing time can take up to 3 weeks during peak periods (typical submission deadlines for scholarship applications, semester abroad, master applications, etc.).

How to re-register for the 3rd Semester (mandatory!)

In order to re-register for the 3rd semester, you need to submit proof of at least 40 credits, as soon as possible.

  1. Collect your certificates from the Examinations Office.
  2. Print out your Opium results.
  3. Take both (no copies needed) to the Examinations Office.

Please note:

  • It is your responsibility to organize the re-registration, it will not be done automatically!
  • There will be special office hours during the re-registration time
  • You will not be automatically expelled from the program, if you are waiting for the results of a re-examination, e.g. or if your lecturer fails to submit the results on time.

Mandatory semester abroad

The mandatory semester abroad is usually scheduled for the 5th semester. You can either study at a foreign university or do an internship at a foreign institution. Your stay abroad should be registered early with Petra Dießel or Sven Walter.

More information about the organization of your stay abroad can be found at (for the Erasmus program) and (for staying abroad in general).

IMPORTANT: You must fill out the following document after you return from your semester abroad! You must submit it to the Examinations Office when you register your bachelor thesis.

More information about the organisation of your stay abroad can be found at study abroad .

How to get approval of foreign university credits (e.g., from your semester abroad)

In order to get the approval of foreign university credits, you must:

For the approval of foreign credits which may be used as compulsory elective credits for modules*, you must first contact the appropriate lecturer for his signed consent, before visiting the Examinations Office:

Mathematics Prof. Dr. Matthias Reitzner
Artificial Intelligence Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Kühnberger
Philosophy and Philosophy of Cognition Prof. Dr. Achim Stephan
Neurobiology Prof. Dr. med. Peter König
Linguistics und Computational Linguistics N.N. (Prof. Dr. Achim Stephan)
Neuroinformatics Prof. Dr. Gordon Pipa
Computer Science Prof. Dr. Markus Chimani
Cognitive Modeling Prof. Dr. Michael Franke

*Please inquire before your semester abroad , whether the courses you are planning to take can be credited as compulsory elective module components in our study program.

How to get approval for Online Courses

In order to get credit points for online courses:

  1. Print and fill out the following document for each certificate that should be approved: "Antrag auf Anerkennung einer auswärtigen Studienleistung im Studiengang Kognitionswissenschaft"
  2. Print out information about content and structure of the course (e.g. Syllabus)
  3. Visit the Examinations Office with the document(s) and your certificate for completing the online course

The approval will then be processed and can be collected one week later. There is no need to get a signature from a resident lecturer before you hand it in. The courses will count towards the optional module. You can get a maximum of 2 credit points per course and a total maximum of 4 credit points for online courses.

How to get approval of foreign internship credits

Please request a confirmation of your internship from your intern supervisor. The confirmation must include the following information:

  • Duration of your internship (must be at least 3 full calendar months)
  • Number of weekly working hours
  • Task description

A maximum of six credits are given for each month with a minimum of 30 working hours a week.

How to register for modular examinations

There are two different kinds of modular examinations in our study program:

  1. Oral examinations – Here the grade from the oral examination is the grade for that module.
  2. Course certificates – This type of module consists of prescribed courses having a given amount of credits. The module grades are calculated on the base of the individual course grades and credits submitted for the respective module.

How to register for an oral examination

The very first thing to do is to get an appointment for the examination itself. There are different ways to do this, for our different examination fields.

Some examples:

  • Computer Science: Request an examination date from the Computer Science secretary.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Request an examination date via Email from Prof. Kühnberger.
  • Neurobiology: Request an examination date from Neurobiology secretary.

The examination procedure itself differs from study area to study area. Please ask your prospective examiner about this. Then:

  1. Print and fill out the following document:

    New study regulations: Anmeldung_muendliche_Pruefung_neue_Po.doc (One oral exam is required, a second one can be taken upon request. Three credits are granted per oral exam.)

    Old study regulations: Anmeldung_muendliche_Pruefung_alte_PO.doc (At least 3 oral exams must be taken. No credits are granted.)

  2. Contact your examiners and get their signature on the last page.
  3. Bring the form, together with the required compulsory and compulsory elective certificates, as well as a copy of your matriculation confirmation to the Examinations Office.
  4. You will receive an admittance letter via mail within a few days.
  5. You can collect the certificate at the examination office, after passing the exam.

Attention: Oral examinations should be registered at least 2 weeks before the examination date.

How to submit modular credits

  1. Print and fill out the following document:

    New study regulations: Scheinanrechnung_neue_PO.doc

    Old study regulations: Scheinanrechnung_alte_PO.doc

  2. Bring the form with your original certificates, an Opium printout and a copy of your certificate of matriculation to the examination office.
  3. You can pick up the certificate at the examination office after one week

How to register your bachelor’s thesis

Before registering your thesis in the Examinations Office you must select a research area, a supervisor and a topic. Ask prospective supervisors how possible topics are selected in their research area.


  1. Fill out the following document:

    New study regulations: Anmeldung_Bachelorarbeit_neue_PO.doc

    Old study regulations: Anmeldung_Bachelorarbeit_alte_PO.doc

  2. Fill out page 3 and have your supervisor sign it.
  3. Visit the Examinations Office with the following documents:

    • an up-to-date photo of yourself
    • an up-to-date TOR and the corresponding certificates (originals and copies)

      • Minimum requirement for the registration:

        • New examination regulations: certificates of at least 3 out of 5 modular examinations (handed in credits or oral examinations)
        • Old examination regulations: certificates of at least 4 out of 5 modular examinations (handed in credits or oral examinations)

    • a curriculum vitae (a chronological overview of your education)
    • a immatriculation certificate for the current semester as well as the semester in which the thesis will be handed in
    • verification for your semester abroad
    • proof of 10 experimental subject hours

When handing in your thesis, a signed declaration of authorship must be bound in each of the 3 required copies: Declaration of Authorship-Vorlage.doc

How to get various statements and confirmations needed for external applications

When finishing your studies, you will need certain confirmations and statements for your applications to subsequent universities. Possible standard confirmations are: confirmation of (ECTS) credits, preliminary average grade and preliminary bachelor’s certificate.

How to get an preliminary bachelor’s certificate

The following requirements must hold:

  • You have handed in 3 copies of your bachelor’s thesis
  • Both supervisors have confirmed via email to the Examinations Office that you will pass the thesis with at least 4.0 (sufficient)
  • You have fulfilled all study requirements and examinations

Note that during holiday seasons this process can take some time.

How you can switch to the new study regulations

The new regulations for the bachelors program were accredited for the winter term in 2011/2012. Students who began their studies before the winter term 2011/2012 can either finish their studies according to the old regulations or they can switch to the new regulations. We recommend submitting your application for transferring to the new regulations when you register your bachelor’s thesis.

There are some terminological differences between the old and the new regulations:

  • credits are now called credit points (LP) instead of ECTS credits
  • a total of 168 credit points must be submitted in the Examinations Office for the degree
  • the former obligatory courses are now obligatory modules
  • the actual 5 modules now consist of an obligatory module and an optional compulsory module (instead of obligatory- and compulsory courses)
  • Foundations of Cognitive Science is mandatory

  • you will receive 3 credits for your oral modular examination
  • you must fulfill your 5 experimental subject hours during the Foundations of Cognitive Science course in order to receive the course certificate

Requirements in order to transfer from the old to the new study regulations:

  • at least one oral examination must be completed
  • upon registration for the bachelors thesis, the 10 obligatory modules and at least 3 of the 5 compulsory modules must be submitted
  • The “Foundations of Cognitive Science” certificate must be submitted

There are also some changes in the ratio of the obligatory to the optional compulsory courses:

  • Philosophy of Cognition: 10 obligatory credit points + 8 optional compulsory credit points
  • Artificial Intelligence: 8 obligatory credit points + 12 optional compulsory credit points

    • In contrast to the old regulations, the course “Methods of AI” must be taken in order to choose the AI module

  • Neuroscience: 8 obligatory credit points + 12 optional compulsory credit points

    • In contrast to the old regulations, the neuroscience module requires 20 credit points (former 16 ECTS)

Re-register after the 4th semester (BAföG-Form 5)

Those students receiving BaföG must have accumulated a total of at least 90 credits by the end of the 4th semester. In order to be confirmed, Form 5 must be submitted to the Examinations Office, along with the respective course certificates and Opium printout totaling at least 90 credits.

Form 5 can be downloaded from:

Grading schemes for certificates

The different programs and examination regulations may have have different grading schemes. Please print the corresponding document if you need it as an addendum of your certificates.

In accordance with the new examination regulations from September 29, 2011

In accordance with the old examination regulations from February 22, 2002