Credit points for activities at the Language Center of the University of Basel

Credit points in the spring semester 2021

•    All course participants will be informed by e-mail in mid-July whether they have passed or not.
•    For students of the University of Basel, the credit points will be automatically transferred to their faculty by 31 July 2021 if they have passed the course requirements. Course requirements that have not been passed will not be transmitted. The passed courses will be visible in MOnA ("Leistungskonto") from about mid-August.
•    Students of other universities please contact us so that we can issue a certificate of attendance stating the acquired credit points. This will be sent by post.
•    Medical students can drop their "Testatkarten" in our mailbox or send it to us by post. These will be returned to them by post from the beginning of July.

In general, the following principles apply:

  1. The current course descriptions of the Language Center provide information on whether and, if so, how many credit points (CPs) can be earned per course.
  2. To acquire credit points, required coursework must be delivered and certain conditions met, namely active participation in the course and passing the required coursework. This can be found in the respective course announcements.
    Active participation in a course means that participants
    • actively participate during the lessons,
    • prepare and follow up the lessons,
    • inform the lecturer about absences and find out how they can catch up on the missed material.
  3. If you wish to have a language certificate recognized for credit points, we need to see the original document.
  4. There must not be more than two semesters between entry level courses (Einsteigerkurse) and their respective foundation level I (Grundkurs I).
  5. Courses at the Language Center can be taken for credit as part of the elective curriculum of the different faculties of the University of Basel. The faculties determine the maximum number of credit points that can be earned with elective courses. You can find our agreements with the faculties of the University of Basel on our website.

Once students of the University of Basel satisfactorily complete the necessary course requirements, the Language Center transmits their grades and the number of earned credit points to the Deans´ offices. This happens by the end of January (fall semester) and July (spring semester). Students attending for credit will be informed separately about their grades and/or whether or not they passed the course. Students of other institutions of higher education who wish to earn credit points should contact the Language Center’s office.

If you want to earn credit points but are unable to take the final exam on the given date, you may write the exam on the next given date at the end of the subsequent semester (to benefit from this option, you must submit written proof of a studies-related reason for your absence to the director of the Language Center).

In portfolio courses, all parts of the portfolio must be submitted by the end of the course. Late submission of any parts or corrections after this deadline is not possible.


Credit Points

The faculties of the University of Basel award credit points for courses taken at the Language Center when attendance and other course requirements were met. You will find the most important information concerning the acquisition of credit points on the information sheet “Erwerb von Kreditpunkten” (available only in German; see download area).


Requirements for the Acquisition of Credit Points

The current course descriptions of the Language Center provide information on whether and, if so, how many credit points (CPs) can be earned per course. In order to earn credit points, certain conditions – as outlined in the course descriptions – must be met.


Regulations Concerning Foundation Level I (Grundkurs I)

Please note:

  • You can only receive credit points for an entry level course (Einsteigerkurs) after successfully completing the corresponding follow-up course (i.e. foundation level I [Grundkurs I]). Information on the number of credit points you can earn for Einsteigerkurs and Grundkurs I combined can be found in the Grundkurs I course description.
  • In order to be awarded credit points, you must fulfill all requirements of both courses (as outlined in the respective course descriptions).
  • There must not be more than two semesters between Einsteigerkurs and Grundkurs I.
  • If, after consultation with the instructor, you decide to start directly with Grundkurs I, you can only earn half the number of credit points indicated in the Grundkurs I course description.
  • If you only attend an Einsteigerkurs, you cannot earn any credit points.

FAQ

Can I receive credit points for courses offered by the Language Center?

Yes, you can. The number of ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits and the requirements for their acquisition can be found in the course descriptions. Information on required coursework can be found here.

To receive credit points, candidates will

  • not exceed the maximum number of absences
  • complete the required coursework.

When a participant fails a course, this result is not transferred to their faculty.

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In order to receive credit points or a certificate of attendance for my course, «active participation» is assumed. What does this mean?

Active participation in a course means that participants

  • actively participate during the lessons,
  • prepare and follow up the lessons,
  • inform the lecturer about absences and find out how they can catch up on the missed material.
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Absences that exceed the stipulated number but are unavoidable can be compensated. What does that mean?

Absences considered unavoidable during the corona pandemic are:

  • illness
  • hospital deployment
  • military deployment
  • university reasons (e.g. a one-time compulsory course, conference).

Please inform your lecturer that you will be absent repeatedly and discuss with them how you can compensate for the missed sessions.

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There is an exam at the end of the course. What does this mean?

The exam takes place on site during the last session, in compliance with the hygiene and distancing regulations. The courses is graded on a scale of 1 – 6.

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The required coursework follows the portfolio principle. What does that mean?
  • Portfolio courses may include various forms of coursework, such as written or oral texts; these must be completed before the end of the course.
  • Unsatisfactory texts can be revised and resubmitted once.
  • To pass the course, all required coursework must receive a satisfactory pass.
  • Courses that follow the portfolio principle do not receive a grade; they are assessed with PASS or FAIL.
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I study at another higher education institution in Switzerland and would like to receive credit points. What must I do?

Students from other higher education institutions in Switzerland can also receive credit points. Please request a confirmation regarding the awarded credit points no later than the end of the semester (info-sprachenzentrum@clutterunibas.ch). Towards the end of January or July, we will provide such a confirmation, which you can submit to your student administration services for recognition.

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I am studying at the Faculty of Medicine and would like to get credit points. What must I do?

Master's students in the Faculty of Medicine qualify for a maximum of two credit points for specialized medical language courses.
Post us your Testatkarte at the end of the semester (Sprachenzentrum Universität Basel, Totentanz 17, 4051 Basel) or drop it in our mailbox. We will return your completed Testatkarte by mail. Please provide your current address.

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