Before the teaching of a new course of study may commence, an accreditation must first be issued by an independent accreditation agency. For this, the University must submit a detailed documentation on the course of study to be established. In addition, a group of reviewers visits the University to gain an impression on site of the planned teaching situation and speaks with the President, teaching staff and students, as well as inspecting facilities.
The accreditation is for a fixed period. When the period ends, each course of study must pass through reaccreditation. This process is fundamentally the same as for the first accreditation, but in addition data on the course of study, topics and grades of the last 50 Bachelor and Master theses as well as the evaluation results are recorded and assessed.
There are currently several subject-related and three interdisciplinary accreditation agencies in Germany, which are controlled by Accreditation Council. All accreditation applications are coordinated within the University with the Office of the Vice President for Excellence in Teaching and dealt with the Commission for Teaching and Study Quality. Heinrich Heine University is one of the member universities of the the AQAS accreditation agency.