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Central Examination Office for Social Sciences and Humanities (ZPA)

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The ZPA is responsible for matters surrounding examinations in Faculties 6 to 12 as well as for all trainee teachers, irrespective of the Faculty affiliation.

Depending on the field of study, different administrative offices are responsible for the administration of examinations.

As the first point of contact, please refer to the respective ZPA service point.

For matters surrounding examinations in Faculties 1 to 5, please contact the decentralized examination offices in the respective faculties.

You will find answers to the most common questions under “Infos A to Z”. If you cannot find what you are looking for, please use our contact form.

News and Informations

Blocking of potentially dangerous file types

For security reasons, the ZfN and the university administration will block the sending and receiving of email attachments that contain executable program code from February 17, 2020!

Only these file types may be used from now on for security reasons:

  • *.docx,
  • *.dotx;
  • *.xlsx,
  • *.xltx;
  • *.potx,
  • *.ppsx,
  • *.pptx

The following filename extensions will not be delivered (will be blocked):

*.doc, *.docm, *.dot, *.dotm; .*xla, *.xlam, *.xls, *.xlsb, *.xlsm, *.xlt, *.xltm, *.xlw; *.pot, *.potm, *.ppa, *.ppam, *.pps, *.ppsm, *.ppt, *.pptm, *.exe, *.com, *.bat, *.ps1, *.cmd, *.hta, *.pif, *.scr, *.scf, *.psc1, *.vbs, *.inf, *.acm,
*.ax, *.cpl, *.dll, *.drv, *.efi, *.mui, ,*.mht, *.mhtml, *.ocx, *.sys, *.tsp, *.sct, *.vb, *.vbe, *.ws, *.wsf, *.paf, *.msi, *.jse, *.msp, *.mst, *.msc'


Winter semester

Summer semester


10.12. - 10.01.

10.06. - 30.06


10.12. - 31.01.

10.06. - 30.06


Possible changes to the registration and deregistration deadlines can be found in the respective examination schedules, which are published here.

Further informations can be found on the respective study course pages, as well as Infos A to Z and Information Surrounding Examinations

From now on, students no longer have to apply for admission to the colloquium for bachelor’s or master’s thesis. This therefore eliminates the need for formal approval. Organization of the colloquium (fixing an appointment) is the responsibility of the student in consultation with the examiners. On completion of the colloquium, the ZPA is to be sent the minutes of the colloquium together with the grade awarded.

Dear students,

Please note that there is a new form for the recognition and transfer of credits. Please fill in the form on the PC.

In addition, some procedural steps have been changed.

In the future, please address your application directly to the person responsible or to the Recognition Officer of your degree program or Faculty. Please note that some Faculties require students to seek (mandatory) advice from the study centers and practice offices.

Further information on the application can be found on the first page of the application, which you will find under the menu item “Forms”.

If you have any questions regarding the procedure, please contact the responsible ZPA office or the study center and practice office in your Faculty.

The Certificate of Grades issued by the University of Bremen is generated electronically: It is valid without seal and signature.

The authenticity of the data sheet can be checked on the website under using your ID and the password.

Faultless display of the PDF forms on our site can only be guaranteed when using Adobe Reader. If you experience any technical problems with the PDF forms, please read the notes under “Forms”.

From now on, it is possible via RSS feeds to subscribe to the latest news posts on the ZPA homepage as well as the individual degree programs.

Click on “RSS” at the bottom of the page(s) and follow the instructions

Everything online

The portal “Prüfungsamt Bremen Online (PABO)” allows students to carry out standard procedures such as registration and deregistration and print out current CP information at any time. To use PABO you need the PIN and TAN sent to you by surface mail when you start your degree program. (More at Info PIN / TAN)


Compensation for disadvantage

Handicapped and chronically ill students have the right to take exams under comparable conditions as other students. Sometimes this requires individual rules measures, for which you apply to the examination board. (More at: KIS)

Recognition and transfer of credits

The Recognition Officers in the subjects or Faculties are responsible for the recognition and transfer credits. The general parts of the Examination Regulations provide information on what can be recognized – from other higher education institutions as well as from outside. (More at: Examination Regulations)

Credit Points (CP) ...

... are awarded for every passed exam; they provide quantitative indication of how your studies are progressing. Up to amaster's examination, you must acquire 300 CP, as a rule 180 of which are awarded for the bachelor's degree. Thanks to the “European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System”, CPs can be recognized all over Europe.

Definitively failed

Students who fail to pass an exam after the retake period has expired will be removed from the student register. The Central Student Advisory Service is able to provide advice and information on your options after having definitively failed an examination. (More: ZSB)