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Do Adcoms know about European schools? [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2013, 13:21
hi all,

- undergraduate in business from top1 internationally known university in germany (LMU Munich); its business school ranks top3 each year for undergraduate in germany
- undergraduate grade is 2,3 ("good" in german system (1-5 grade, 1.0 is the best).

according to

http://www.ssag.de/studying-in-germany/ ... ny/grades/

and

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academic_g ... in_Germany

this roughly translates into an "A-" which further "translates" into a ~ 3.7 GPA.

But this cant be true, since im only 50% class rank, my "ECTS"-grade (european credit transfer system) is only "C". I guess you cannot compare ECTS grades with the US letter grades, but still a 3.7 GPA sounds far too for me.

Should I just leave my german grade unchanged? Should I include my ECTS grade (C)? It is on a extra page of my degree certificate, so I could easily exclude it. But then the school has no class rank indication. Is class rank indication a must?

Thank you very much for any help. Im sweating a little bit about this, since I always read undergraduate is more important than postgraduate GPA (I have top10% MSc), so im worried about my bachelors gpa.

THANKS :P
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Re: Do Adcoms know about European schools? [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2013, 21:03
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hi all,

- undergraduate in business from top1 internationally known university in germany (LMU Munich); its business school ranks top3 each year for undergraduate in germany
- undergraduate grade is 2,3 ("good" in german system (1-5 grade, 1.0 is the best).

according to

http://www.ssag.de/studying-in-germany/ ... ny/grades/

and

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academic_g ... in_Germany

this roughly translates into an "A-" which further "translates" into a ~ 3.7 GPA.

But this cant be true, since im only 50% class rank, my "ECTS"-grade (european credit transfer system) is only "C". I guess you cannot compare ECTS grades with the US letter grades, but still a 3.7 GPA sounds far too for me.

Should I just leave my german grade unchanged? Should I include my ECTS grade (C)? It is on a extra page of my degree certificate, so I could easily exclude it. But then the school has no class rank indication. Is class rank indication a must?

Thank you very much for any help. Im sweating a little bit about this, since I always read undergraduate is more important than postgraduate GPA (I have top10% MSc), so im worried about my bachelors gpa.

THANKS :P


Unless the program you are applying to asks you to "translate" your grades in to the U.S. system, don't do it. Every top business schools has people who are familiar with different grading systems around the world and know the reputations of colleges in their region. YOu are better off just letting them evaluate your transcript. If you ranked well in your class, provide your class rank to help with contxt.

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