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Numerus Clausus

English translation: restricted access to course of study

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16:40 Jul 26, 2000
German to English translations [PRO]
Bus/Financial
German term or phrase: Numerus Clausus
This appears to be a German adoption of a Latin term. It is used in a text about the study of computer science and in a sentence with "Green and Blue cards" ??
Jean Colton
English translation:restricted access to course of study
Explanation:
definition in Collins/Pons

restricted entry

The Numerus clausus controls admissions to certain over-subscribed university courses such as medicine, information technology and architecture. The main admission criterion is the mark obtained in the Abitur. Places are allocated by the Zentralstelle für die Vergabe von Studienplätzen

hope this helps
Nina
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Nina Gettler
Local time: 15:50
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Excellent! It's one of those terms you just don't find in the usual dictionaries or on-lines resources. Thanks very much.
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naYou're both right
Stefan Kreisher
naSee belowCami Townsend
narestricted access to course of study
Nina Gettler


  

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restricted access to course of study


Explanation:
definition in Collins/Pons

restricted entry

The Numerus clausus controls admissions to certain over-subscribed university courses such as medicine, information technology and architecture. The main admission criterion is the mark obtained in the Abitur. Places are allocated by the Zentralstelle für die Vergabe von Studienplätzen

hope this helps
Nina

Nina Gettler
Local time: 15:50
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Excellent! It's one of those terms you just don't find in the usual dictionaries or on-lines resources. Thanks very much.
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19 mins
See below


Explanation:
I don't know about green and blue cards, but from what I understand of the German educational system, Numerus Clausus is kind of like a minimum GPA established for matriculation in certain university programs because of overcrowding. According to the URL below, "Numerus clausus" is the actual limitation of students itself. Along those lines, my idea of a minimum GPA or certain level of performance on exams, etc., would be a manifestation of "Numerus clausus."


    Reference: http://germany-info.org/newcontent/ff/ff_4e.html
Cami Townsend
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3 hrs
You're both right


Explanation:
Numerus Clausus applies to both the cumulative GPA and the grade on the Abitur. I don't recall how each portion was weighted, I just know that I wasn't anywhere close to getting into Law School myself. The reason this cutoff method was invented to reduce the number of applicants to a particular field of study is because, in Germany, if you pass the Abitur, you are by law guaranteed a place at a university (although you can be assigned to a particular university rather than attend the one of your choice).
The closest equivalent in the USA are the minimum grade requirements that selective colleges and universities demand, but even that isn't really very close to the concept of Numerus Clausus.
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Stefan Kreisher
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