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Credit transfer of prior studies

Published: 22 July 2020

If a student at a university in Sweden has completed a certain university education with a passed result, the student has the right to credit this for university education at another university. However, this does not apply if there is a significant difference between the educations.
The same applies to students who have completed a certain education with a passed result
1. at a university or other higher education institution in Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Norway or at a party to the Council of Europe Convention of 11 April 1997 on the Recognition of Higher Education Certificates in the European Region (SÖ 2001: 46), or
2. at the Nordic University of Public Health Sciences. (SFS 2006: 1053).

A student has the right to credit other education than that referred to in section 6, if the knowledge and skills that students invoke are of such a nature and have such a scope that they mainly correspond to the education for which they are intended to be credited. A student may also be credited with corresponding knowledge and skills that have been acquired in professional activities. (SFS 2006: 1053).

The university shall test whether previous education or activities can be accepted for credit.

Only those who are students can be considered for credit, unless otherwise stated by law or regulation. Higher Education Ordinance, 6:6-8 (SFS 2010: 1064).

A doctoral student´s appplication for credit transfer must apply to courses and knowledge that are relevant to the doctoral student´s doctoral program and that address the knowledge requirements contained in the general syllabus for the current research subject, the doctoral student´s individual study plan and tthe Higher Education Ordinance´s degree objectives. The application should be made in close connection with the admission, as a decision on credit transfer early in the doctoral student´s doctoral program provides the conditions for the future planning of content in the program. Assessment and decision of the scope of the credit transfer is made course by course. 

Upon admission to latter part the docotral student applies for credit transfer of previous approved courses.

The Chairman of the relevant Faculty Board decides on any credit transfer.