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These are difficult and uncertain times for pilots. Finding a fast route to new knowledge and skills has become a high priority. At Embry-Riddle Worldwide, you can turn your Air Transport Pilot’s License into university credits. Below are a few pathways to consider. Keep in mind that each one will provide you access to our resourceful Career Services Department and the Hunt Library, which will open doors to one of the best aviation and aerospace book collections and databases. But first, some information about the higher education system in the United States:

Embry-Riddle Worldwide Degrees  Required Credit Points (U.S. Education System) Translated into European Credit Transfer & Accumulation System (ECTS)  Normal Duration
Bachelor of Science  120  240  4-6 years
Master of Science  30 60  1-2 years 

As the table indicates, a regular U.S. bachelor’s degree is a four-year program and requires 120 credits (240 ECTS) to complete. At Embry-Riddle, young pilots can turn their ATPL into 34 university credits (68 ECTS) towards a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics. If you have the Abitur, you can add another 30 transfer credits (60 ECTS). This means that instead of the normally required 120 credits (240 ECTS) to obtain this bachelor’s degree, you potentially only need 56 credits (112 ECTS) which translates into 19 courses. If you can dedicate yourself to full-time studies, you can complete your bachelor’s degree in two years. Embry-Riddle Worldwide has ten start terms per year. During each 9-week term, bachelor’s students can take as many as four classes.

Degree/Diploma Duration (Full-Time) 
Number of Courses (Number of Credits/ECTS)
 Transfer Credits
High School  4 Years
40 Courses (120 Credits/240 ECTS)
G-9; 13 years only
3 Years
30 Courses (90 Credit/180 ECTS)
ERAU recognizes up to 30 credits/60 ECTS towards the B.S. in Aeronautics 
Abitur and ATPL 
G-9; 13 years only
2 Years
19 Courses (56 Credits/112 ECTS) 
ERAU recognizes up to 64 credits/128 ECTS towards the B.S. in Aeronautics

There is even better news for senior pilots with an Abitur, ATPL, and 12+ years of work experience. Such individuals may be eligible for an “Experiential Learning Evaluation,” which may entitle senior pilots to apply directly to most of our 10-course master’s programs (not all of them are aviation-related!) or to one of our 4-course graduate certificate programs. We have an extensive list of subject matters to choose from: 

  • Aeronautics
  • Aviation & Aerospace Sustainability
  • Aviation Cybersecurit
  • Aviation Safety
  • Human Factors
  • Project Management
  • and many others

Completing a certificate program would develop your specialty knowledge base in 12 months. The Embry-Riddle Europe Office provides support and academic advising throughout the Experiential Learning Evaluation process.

Please contact Ms. Kerstin Alicki for further details (+49 69-27229676 or

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