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BUA Certificate Programs

The departments of the four partner institutions can develop cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional module packages ranging from 15 to 30 credit points, which students can submit for credit for parts of their study program. These BUA certificate programs conclude with a BUA certificate. The crediting is agreed upon in advance among the partner institutions.

A BUA Certificate Program must be sponsored by two collaborative partners and must meet the following criteria:

  1. Societal challenges of global importance are addressed in the courses offered.
  2. The qualifications gained in the courses improve the student’s prospects in their future professional or academic career.
  3. Research-based education and the transfer of cutting-edge research are core elements of the curriculum.
  4. The courses offered feature an international dimension.
  5. The courses offered are interdisciplinary in nature.

If a developed module package meets the criteria, it may be classified as a BUA certificate program at the request of the lead institution. The BUA certificate programs offered by the partner institutions can be found in the respective electronic course catalog.

For the development of new BUA certificate programs, the partner institutions have agreed on key points that are intended to enable the conceptual development of cross-university study programs within a manageable timeframe, their legally secure establishment, and their successful and mutually beneficial implementation.

Criteria and process for classification of module packages as BUA certificate programs will be outlined in a process description. An application may be submitted using the BUA Joint Degree Program / BUA Certificate Program Classification Form.

Do you also have an idea for a BUA certificate program or have further questions about the certification process? If so, please contact the BUA Office on Teaching and Learning.