Credit Transfer from Previously Completed Studies

This page is for bachelor's, master's and doctoral students as well as Open University students.

Have you completed studies in other universities or educational institutions?

A student studying for a degree at the University of Tampere may transfer credits from studies completed at another Finnish or foreign institution of higher education or other educational institution, provided that the previously completed studies align with the objectives of the degree for which the student is currently studying. Under certain conditions, the credits can be used for two degrees (see University of Tampere Regulations on Degrees, Section 25). Credits from previously completed studies can generally be transferred to a degree only once.

From the perspective of quality assurance in relation to the degree, the general rule is that the recognised studies may not be more than 10 years old. In the event that the studies are older, the teacher responsible for the course in question can assess the possible obsolescence of the studies, and the student may be provided with the opportunity to supplement his/her study attainments or demonstrate his/her competence.

The University of Tampere Regulations on Degrees stipulate that previous theses will not be recognised.

Credits for previous studies can be transferred by incorporating them directly into the current degree or by using them to substitute for certain courses or modules.

Substitution is feasible if

  • the studies completed elsewhere are covered by your degree programme or some other degree programme and
  • the level, scope and learning outcomes of the previous studies are sufficiently similar.

The substitutions must be applied for from each degree programme separately in accordance with the instructions provided separately. Study the practices of each relevant degree programme.

Inclusion is feasible if:

  • the content of the studies does not match the curriculum of any University of Tampere degree programme or any separate study module, or
  • you do not intend to continue studying the field in question at the University of Tampere, or
  • you would like to incorporate your previous studies into your degree directly for other reasons (for example individual cross-institutional studies in another discipline).

Information on the rules and principles applied to credit transfer can be found in the Essential information section. Credit transfer practices are governed by the University of Tampere Regulations on Degrees(Section 25) and the degree regulations of faculties.

Determining your prior learning is an important part of getting started with your studies. Credit transfer can be applied for by University of Tampere students who have enrolled as present.

General Instructions

Applying for credit transfer

If you have accumulated numerous study attainments elsewhere, some of them can be used for substitution and others can be included in your degree. Follow the instructions below:

  1. First, find the credits that are eligible for substitution in the degree programme arranging the studies. The substitutions must be applied for from each degree programme separately in accordance with the instructions provided below.
  2. Then, apply for the inclusion of the prior learning with your faculty. Submit the application for the recognition of studies completed elsewhere as part of your degree to the head of study affairs or the faculty office. The application must clearly indicate the portion of the studies that is intended for substitution, how many credits you have received for the studies, and the portion of the studies intended to be directly included in the degree.
  3. You can apply for credit transfer for language and communication studies from your own faculty or the Language Centre. See the instructions under the section pertaining to your faculty.

Doctoral student

Determine the eligibility for credit transfer with your supervisor.

Previous studies at the University of Tampere Open University

If you have completed open university studies at the University of Tampere and are making the transition to become a degree student, the open university studies will be automatically transferred to the study register at the beginning of the semester.

Cross-institutional study attainments

If you have completed studies through cross-institutional arrangements at the Tampere University of Applied Sciences or Tampere University of Technology, records of the study attainments will be automatically transferred to the University of Tampere. However, you must ensure with your faculty that the studies are recognised as part of your degree.

Application enclosures

More detailed instructions on applications are provided in the sections for each faculty.

Append the following to your substitution application

  • official transcript of records and possible degree certificate
  • description of the learning outcomes and content of the completed courses

Enter in the application and transcript of records which studies you intend to substitute.

Append the following to the inclusion application

  • official transcript of records and possible degree certificate, and
  • an account indicating which transcript studies are intended to be included in the degree, and their scope in credits.

Only applications submitted with the appropriate appendices will be processed. Any possible additional information must be appended to the application.

Please submit the application in accordance with the faculty-specific instructions.

Credit transfer from studies completed abroad

Credit transfer from studies completed abroad is possible either through substitution or inclusion, as was described above. The following information is required in addition to the credit transfer documents:

  • the university’s official name and contact information,
  • the exchange programme through which you entered the university in question,
  • the duration of the study period in semesters or months,
  • the names of the discipline and courses/modules,
  • level and scope of the studies completed; if the scope of the studies is not indicated in ECTS points, determine the work methods of individual courses (e.g. lectures 2 h/week, exercises 2 h/week, 1 paper) and present your own estimate of the equivalencies.

Please note that

  • At the University of Tampere, you cannot include in your degree any foreign studies with the same content as studies you have already completed here.
  • If you are considering studying abroad outside any exchange agreements and programmes, please ensure with your faculty beforehand whether or not the studies in question are eligible for credit transfer. The studies listed by organisations providing exchange positions may not be part of a foreign university’s curriculum even if the education is held on campus.

You should also read the section of the instructions for the period after the exchange.

Credit transfer decision and course completion records

  • Decisions on substitutions and inclusions are made based on the documents. Only applications submitted with the appropriate appendices will be processed.
  • The processing of applications often requires background work and teacher consultation, for example, which is why decisions cannot be made on the spot while the student is waiting.
  • Faculties may have their own guidelines regarding application processing times. Please read the faculty-specific instructions to determine them.
  • Any credit transfer decisions made are recorded in your study register by the faculty. If a decision cannot be made, you will be contacted.

Applying for rectification

In the event that you are dissatisfied with your credit transfer decision, you can request rectification orally or in writing. Rectification must be requested from the party that made the credit transfer decision within 14 days of being informed of the decision. (University of Tampere Regulations on Degrees, Section 27)

Faculty Instructions

Faculty of Communication Sciences

Language, translation and literature studies

In accordance with the University of Tampere Regulations on Degrees (Section 25), credit for studies completed elsewhere can be transferred as follows:

1) Credit for language, communication and methodological studies with equivalent content included in a prior higher education degree can be transferred towards a bachelor’s degree.

2) Credit for language, communication and methodological studies with equivalent content included in a prior higher education degree can be transferred towards a master’s degree, unless otherwise separately stipulated by the administrative board of the faculty unit.

3) Based on a prior higher education degree, credit for compulsory studies that have equivalent content and are included in the curriculum can be transferred towards a bachelor’s or master’s degree. (Compulsory studies mean the student’s own degree programme’s basic, intermediate and advanced studies, language and communication studies, studies related to the general capabilities for studying and academic work.)

4) Credit for theses is not transferred.

The basic principle for credit transfer is that if the student will continue studying the discipline in question at the University of Tampere, substitution must be applied for with the lecturer responsible for the course or module at the unit in question (study coordinators can provide more information and advice). If the student is seeking credit transfer from studies that can or are not intended to be studied at the University of Tampere any longer, the studies will be included in the degree by the student’s own faculty’s study services.

Credit transfer from studies completed at a foreign university/LTL

either by substituting specific studies or including the prior studies directly in the degree.

1. Substitution

If the studies you have completed abroad are part of your degree programme at the University of Tampere or the field covered by some of your elective studies:

  • contact the faculty of the discipline and agree upon the substitutions with the lecturer responsible for the module (or course). At the unit for language, translation and literary studies, you can also contact the study coordinator of the discipline/degree programme in question.
  • bring the official transcript of records received from the foreign university and/or other documents with you.

2. Inclusion

If the studies you have completed abroad are not suitable for any University of Tampere discipline or you would otherwise like to incorporate them into your degree directly, please contact Coordinator of International Education Mira Pihlström to agree upon their inclusion. You must present an original and official transcript of records and/or other possible documents. The transcript of records or other documents must clearly indicate the necessary information.

Credit transfer from studies completed at another Finnish university/institution of higher education or open university/LTL

If you have completed studies at another Finnish university, institution of higher education or open university, credit transfer is possible at the University of Tampere either by substituting specific studies or including the prior studies directly in the degree. PLEASE NOTE! Studies completed through the T3 cross-institutional arrangement are added to the register automatically and will be directly incorporated into your degree.

1. Substitution

If you would like to continue your prior studies in a specific discipline at the University of Tampere, please contact the relevant faculty and agree upon the substitutions with the lecturer responsible for the module (or course). At the Faculty of Communication Sciences, you can also contact the study coordinator for your discipline/degree programme. Bring with you an official transcript of records and any other requisite documents. As a general rule, completed modules are substituted directly (with the exception of theses), but you may also be required to complete supplementary studies if the curricula of the universities are not entirely equivalent. Decisions on supplementary studies are made by the lecturer responsible for the module in question. You must also complete the joint studies arranged by the unit which are required for a specific module grade, if you have not completed corresponding course units before.

2. Inclusion

If you are unable to continue the studies you have completed elsewhere at the University of Tampere or you wish to include your prior studies directly in your degree for another reason, please deliver the original transcript of records carrying the appropriate stamps or a verified copy to the study coordinator of your degree programme. You should also include an account on which studies listed on the transcript of records you would like to propose for inclusion.

Studies completed elsewhere can be counted towards a degree by using some of them to substitute for specific studies and including the rest directly in the degree. First contact the discipline/degree programme and agree upon the substitutions. Then provide the study coordinator with the transcript of records with clear markings indicating which studies have been substituted, how many credits you have received for them and which portion of the studies you would like to include in the degree as is.

Credits from previously completed studies can be transferred to a degree only once.

 

3. Substitution or inclusion of language and communication studies

You can apply for credit transfer from language and communication studies with the Language Centre or your own faculty. At the Faculty of Communication Sciences, credit transfers with regard to language and communication studies are handled by Head of Study Affairs Tuija Puntanen.

To apply for credit transfer with your own faculty, submit a free-form application which indicates your name, student number, language studies for which you are applying for credit transfer (see course unit code and name in the Language Centre’s curriculum guide), and which studies you are presenting as the basis for the credit transfer (see the course unit code and name in the transcript of records). Append the application with the original transcript of records and/or certificate with the appropriate stamps (the original documents will be returned to you) or a verified copy thereof, as well as description of the content of the courses from the relevant curriculum guide or website. If you wish, you can use the Language Centre’s form to apply for credit transfer. Deliver the application and appendices to Head of Study Affairs Tuija Puntanen.

4. Substitution of the TIEY4 Introduction to Computing course

The TIEY4 Introduction to Computing is compulsory in all degree programmes in language, translation and literary studies. The course unit is completed as part of the bachelor’s degree. You can apply for substitution of the Introduction to Computing course with your own faculty. The substitution principles, application form and instructions are provided on the course website.

Information studies

Applying for substitution

Under the Degree Programme in Information Studies and Interactive Media and the Master’s Programme in Human-Technology Interaction you need to deliver the following documents to apply for substitution:

  1. a copy of the degree certificate and/or transcript of records,
  2. content descriptions of the courses from the relevant curriculum guide or website. The information must be from the year in which the course in question was completed.

 

  • Substitutions for Information Studies and Interactive Media: Study Secretary Silja Jäntti
  • Substitutions for the Master’s Programme in Human-Technology Interaction and the Introduction to Computing course: Study Coordinator Heli Rikala.

 

Also see the instructions on applying for substitution for the TIEY4 Introduction to Computing course.

The joint orientation studies and guided study planning courses included in the bachelor’s degree studies cannot be substituted with other studies. In addition to this, credit for theses is not transferred.

Applying for inclusion

Credit transfer is done through inclusion if the studies are not suitable for any University of Tampere degree programme or the student would otherwise like to incorporate them into his/her degree directly. To apply for inclusion, you need to deliver the following documents:

  1. an official transcript of records or equivalent document, and
  2. an account indicating which transcript studies are intended to be included in the degree, and their scope in credits.

 

  • Inclusions for Information Studies and Interactive Media: Study Secretary Silja Jäntti
  • Inclusions for the Master’s Programme in Human-Technology Interaction and the Introduction to Computing course: Study Coordinator Heli Rikala.

 

More information on credit transfer can be found in the university’s Regulations on Degrees, among other documents.

Rectification for a decision regarding credit transfer can be requested in accordance with the university’s Regulations on the Assessment of Studies.

Journalism and communication:

Credit transfer from studies completed at another Finnish or foreign university/CMT

Substitution of studies

Matters regarding substitution are handled by the lecturer responsible for the course/module in question (see lecturers responsible for the Degree Programme in Journalism and Communication (LINK) and the lecturers of the Degree Programme in Theatre Arts (LINK)). When applying for substitution, you must include certificates of the completed studies (official transcript of records) and detailed descriptions of the studies (e.g. copy/printout of the curriculum guide or course description). Also see the more specific instructions below with regard to studies completed abroad.

As regards the substitution of language studies, see the Language Centre’s instructions.

Head of Study Affairs Tuija Puntanen is in charge of matters regarding substitutions for joint studies included in the degree.

Inclusion of studies

If the studies you have completed elsewhere are not suitable for any University of Tampere degree programme or discipline or you do not intend to continue them at the University of Tampere, they will be included directly into a degree being completed at the School of Communication, Media and Theatre (CORRECT). Inclusion matters are handled by the unit’s Head of Study Affairs Tuija Puntanen.

When applying for inclusion, you must also include original certificates of the studies completed (official transcript of records and possible degree certificate). Also see the more specific instructions below with regard to studies completed abroad.

PLEASE NOTE! If you have completed studies at other institutions of higher education, you can use some of them for substitution and include others directly in your degree. It is recommended to contact the teacher responsible for the module or course in question first to determine the possibilities for substitution. Then, you can request the head of study affairs to include the remaining studies in your degree. The inclusion request must clearly indicate which studies have already been used for substitution and which portion you intend to include directly in the degree.

Studies completed abroad

(Instructions also provided at the beginning) If the transcript of records or certificate received from a foreign university does not indicate the scope of the studies in ECTS credits, you must be prepared to clarify the work methodology of individual courses (e.g. lectures 2 h/week, 1 paper) or the annual work amount required of a student at the university in question to enable the number of credits to be estimated. You can also present your own estimate of the credit amounts.

Credit transfer from studies completed at a university of applied sciences/CMT

Credit for studies completed at a university of applied sciences can be transferred towards a degree by using them to substitute for certain course units, with due consideration to the requisite learning outcomes. Studies completed at a university of applied sciences can be used to substitute for bachelor’s level studies only. Matters regarding substitution are handled by the lecturer responsible for the course in question (see lecturer responsible for the Degree Programme in Journalism and Communication (LINK) and the lecturers of the Degree Programme in Theatre Arts (LINK)).

Language studies completed at a university of applied sciences can be used to substitute for language studies included in a degree. Substitution can be applied for by contacting Head of Study Affairs Tuija Puntanen and providing her with the transcript of records and a possible degree certificate.

Credit transfer from competence gained through informal learning or unofficial training/CMT

Competence gained through informal learning or unofficial training refers to, for example, learning at work or various academies (e.g. adult education centres) or through continuing education. Competence gained through information learning and unofficial training can be recognised as part of a degree by substituting a course unit in part or in full. Partial substitution means that you must supplement your competence by reading literature in the field and writing a paper or taking an exam. For example, an internship period included in the studies can be substituted with prior work experience. In addition to this, you must write a report that can include a description of the work tasks, an assessment of your own competence and a development plan.

Matters regarding substitution are decided upon by the lecturer responsible for the course in question (see lecturers responsible for the Degree Programme in Journalism and Communication(LINK) and the lecturers of the Degree Programme in Theatre Arts). Set up a meeting with the responsible lecturer and prepare yourself for describing how you have obtained your competence and comparing it with the learning outcomes of the course. You must also verify your competence through work certificates or certificates provided by the school in question, for example. The lecturer may require you to complete further studies.

Contact persons

Name Task E-mail Room Phone
Jäntti Silja study secretary, information studies and interactive media Silja.Jantti@uta.fi PINNI B1050 050 318 6635
Lällä Sirje Study Coordinator
French Language, Scandinavian Languages, Russian Language, Culture and Translation
Sirje.Lalla@uta.fi PINNI B4099 050 318 6638
Ohvo Maija Study Coordinator
Degree Programmes: Finnish, German, Literary Studies
Maija.Ohvo@uta.fi PINNI B4048 050 318 6653
Pihlström Mira Coordinator of International Education Mira.Pihlstrom@uta.fi PINNI B4072 050 318 6692
Riihelä Tiina Study coordinator, journalism and communication
Tiina.Riihela@uta.fi PÄÄT E230 050 318 6602
Tuusa Anna Study coordinator
MDP in Human-Technology Interaction and MDP in Internet and Game Studies: esp. admissions, general studies
Anna.Tuusa@uta.fi PINNI B1062 040 190 1242
Rikala Heli Study Coordinator

Study affairs administration in the degree programme of Computer Sciences (incl. MDP in HTI, SDE and CBDA)
- teaching schedule
- final grade (HTI, SDE) for Degree Certificate
Heli.Rikala@uta.fi PINNI B1058 050 318 6669

Faculty of Education

There are three time periods for processing credit transfer at the Faculty of Education:

  • August: students must return their applications and appendices by Mon 7 August 2017, decisions will be made by Wed 23 August 2017, study attainments will appear in the register by Thu 31 August 2017.
  • Two last weeks of November: students must return the applications by 15 November, decisions will be made by 30 November.
  • Two first weeks of May: students must return the applications by 30 April, decisions will be made by 15 May.

However, we recommend that you deliver the application and appendices immediately once you complete the studies in question.

Substitution of studies

Credit transfer through substitution is possible as regards the compulsory studies of the degree programme. Section 25 of the University of Tampere Regulations on Degrees stipulates that previous theses will not be recognised. In the context of the KASA13 bachelor’s thesis seminar, working groups are arranged, in which the methodology of writing a paper is used to convert a prior work into a bachelor’s thesis or an empirical study required for the intermediate studies in education.

In order for studies to be eligible for substitution with studies completed at another Finnish or foreign institution of higher education, equivalence in content, level and scope is required. The decisions on substitutions are made by the lecturers responsible for the courses or modules in question or the person authorised by the faculty.

Procedural instructions for substitution:

1) Students must submit their carefully filled in substitution forms (LINK active on-screen form) with appendices to the Study Services Office (Virta building, Åkerlundinkatu 5, 2nd floor, room 244. Postal address: Faculty of Education / Study Services Office, FI-33014 UNIVERSITY OF TAMPERE). Mandatory appendices:

  • copy of your study attainment certificate (mark the copy with the course(s) for which you are applying for substitution)
  • if the substitution arrangement regards individual courses, a copy of each course’s curriculum.

2) The Study Services Office forwards the application and its appendices for decision-making to the lecturer responsible for the study module or the person authorised for the task by the faculty. The responsible lecturer enters the decision on the form and returns the form with appendices to the Study Services Office.

3) The office enters the course completion information in the study register. Separate notifications are not provided on study registration. Instead, the completed courses will appear in the register once the substitution arrangement has been processed. The student will be contacted if credit transfer is rejected or additional information is required to resolve the matter. Inclusion of studies

Inclusion is possible for studies that provide general proficiency as well as elective studies.

The faculty’s study coordinator or head of study affairs makes decisions on whether or not to accept studies completed at another Finnish institution of higher education as part of a degree.

As regards the inclusion of studies completed at a foreign university, the student must contact the faculty’s coordinator of international education. After the processing of the coordinator of international education, the head of study affairs prepares the dean’s decision regarding the substitution. If an ECTS transcript could not be obtained from the foreign university, the student must append the application with an account of the credit accumulation and transfer system applied at the university in question as well as his/her own estimate of the equivalency in Finnish credits.

Procedural instructions for inclusion:

1) Students must submit their carefully filled in inclusion forms (LINK active on-screen form) with appendices to the Study Services Office (Virta building, Åkerlundinkatu 5, 2nd floor, room 244. Postal address: Faculty of Education / Study Services Office, FI-33014 UNIVERSITY OF TAMPERE). Mandatory appendices:

  • copy of your study attainment certificate (mark the copy with the course(s) for which you are applying for inclusion)
  • if the inclusion arrangement regards individual courses, a copy of each course’s curriculum.
2) The Study Services Office forwards the application with its appendices to the person preparing the decision.

3) The office enters the course completion information in the study register. Separate notifications are not provided on study registration. Instead, the completed courses will appear in the register once the substitution arrangement has been processed. The student will be contacted if credit transfer is rejected or additional information is required to resolve the matter.

General instructions

With regard to individual courses or partial study attainment, prior learning is assessed in relation to the learning outcomes of the effective curriculum. In order to ensure the quality of the degree, the recognised studies should generally not be more than 10 years old. The lecturer responsible for the studies can evaluate the possible obsolescence of the study attainments and provide the student with the opportunity to supplement them or demonstrate his/her proficiency.

Substitutable study attainments that are in older Finnish credits are converted into ECTS credits in accordance with the multiplier applied by the university in question.

In the event that the student has been granted the right for a M.Ed., studies encompassed by prior degrees are not recorded in the register. Instead, they must be confirmed in the application phase.

Supplementary studies can be required on a case-by-case basis, if the degree structure demands it.

 

Basic and Intermediate Studies in Education

If the student has completed the M.Ed. or other degree which has included  university-level education studies, credit for the same compulsory studies can be recognised towards the B.Ed. degree (e.g. basic and intermediate studies in education, see Section 25 of the University of Tampere Regulations on Degrees). Credit for theses is not transferred.

The lecturer responsible for the study module will resolve substitution issues regarding individual courses unless the course has been clearly completed in accordance with the University of Tampere curriculum in education.

The instructions for completing the research method studies also include the principles regarding substitutions of methodological studies.

Basic studies in education

Equivalent university-level basic studies in education, adult education and vocational education are considered to substitute for basic studies in education.

The main principle at the University of Tampere is that studies recognised as part of degrees must primarily have been completed no more than 10 years ago. However, studies completed earlier can be approved as a foundation, especially when the student intends to continue to intermediate studies in education, thereby updating the prior learning obtained through the basic studies.

Intermediate studies in education

Equivalent university-level intermediate studies in education, adult education and vocational education are considered to substitute for intermediate studies in education.

Advanced Studies in Education

The teacher responsible for the module in question makes the decision on the substitutions of an individual course if the content corresponds to that of a course unit provided by the University of Tampere Faculty of Education.

Free choice studies

Feasible studies in Finnish higher educational institutions may be included in free choice studies if they don't already contribute in other degree. Contact the international coordinator of the Faculty of Education.

Theses and maturity test

 

Contact persons (credit transfer and studies completed abroad)

Name Task E-mail Room Phone
Varjokorpi Kirsi-Marja Coordinator of International Education and Training

- Transnational Education and Training in School of Education
- International student exchange and study guidance
- Mobility: ERASMUS-, FIRST –programmes for students, teachers and staff
Kirsi-Marja.Varjokorpi@uta.fi VIRTA 246 050 524 2544

Faculty of Management

If you have completed studies outside the University of Tampere before or during your studies, please contact a study coordinator. Also see the principles regarding credit transfer and recognition of prior learning in the Faculty of Management’s regulations concerning degrees.

If you have completed numerous courses in another institution, some of the attainments can be approved for substitution based on equivalent content and level, while others can be incorporated into the degree as elective studies.

Inclusion of studies

Decisions on the inclusion of studies completed at another Finnish institution of higher education are made by the head of study affairs or study coordinator to whom the student delivers the official transcript of records.

As regards the inclusion of studies completed at a foreign institution of higher education, the student in question must contact the coordinator of international education. If an ECTS transcript could not be obtained from the foreign university, the student must append the application with an account of the credit accumulation and transfer system applied at the university in question as well as his/her own estimate of the equivalency in Finnish credits.

Included studies completed at another institution of higher education can be:

  • open university studies
  • studies that are not part of a complete degree (studies outside a complete degree)
  • studies completed at another institution of higher education when the student discontinues the degree studies and relinquishes his/her right to complete the degree
  • studies completed at a foreign university, which are not part of another degree

Substitution of studies

Decisions on substitutions are made by the teacher responsible for the course in question or the person authorised for the task by the discipline (usually university lecturer). The substituted course units are recorded in the study register by the unit or, in the case of language studies, the Language Centre Office.

Substitution with regard to studies completed abroad see Credit transfer from studies completed abroad

Credit transfer from language studies

In matters regarding credit transfer from language studies, it is advisable to contact the Language Centre directly. See Language Centre’s instructions.

Substitution for a smaller number of credits than originally awarded – including the difference

In the event that a course or study attainment completed by the student in another Finnish or foreign university/institution of higher education is substituted by the student’s unit or Language Centre for a smaller number of credits or as a partial attainment, the Faculty of Management can enter the difference in the student’s study register as elective studies, unless the teacher who authorised the substitution has specifically indicated that the number of transferred credits corresponds to the original amount of work involved. This requires that the difference be at least two credits/course. A student who is granted partial substitution must provide the coordinator of study affairs with an account of the difference between the credit numbers and request the difference to be entered in the study register.

Credit transfer from studies completed abroad

Inclusion of studies

At the Faculty of Management, the inclusion of studies completed abroad in the student’s degree is handled by the coordinators of international education (Administrative & Business Studies: Terhi Nieminen, Politics: Minna Höijer).

The student must submit a transcript of records on studies completed at the foreign university/institution of higher education. The studies are then assessed and entered into the register as a total sum. If an ECTS transcript could not be obtained from the foreign university, the student must append the application with an account of the credit accumulation and transfer system applied at the university in question as well as his/her own estimate of the equivalency in Finnish credits.

Substitution of studies

Decisions on the eligibility for substitution of studies completed at foreign institutions of higher education is usually made by the teacher responsible for the course in question. The substituted study attainments are recorded in the study register by the degree programme. When applying for substitution, the student must present a certificate on studies completed elsewhere (include a copy to the teacher) and an account of the content, scope and level of the studies (host university’s curriculum guide, for example).

Instructions of the degree Programmes in Administrative Studies and Business Studies for credit transfer from exchange studies

Credit transfer from academic studies completed abroad

Academic studies completed during exchange can be either substituted or included in the degree. Substitution of a course means that you can substitute a course in your discipline with a course you have completed abroad. Inclusion of studies in a degree means that the credits you have accumulated abroad are incorporated into elective studies, and they do not replace individual courses.

The following provides additional information on registering your exchange studies as part of your degree:

1) You can include all studies completed during your exchange in your degree under the entry “studies completed abroad (name of exchange university), x ECTS.” The inclusion of exchange studies in degrees is primarily handled by the coordinator of international studies. This means that the studies are not shown under any discipline but as a separate collection in the transcript of records. The record will also eventually be added to the degree certificate, which indicates the total number of completed studies and the name of the host university.

If you have completed a clearly specifiable module/collection of studies abroad, this can be recorded using the name of the module. The module will primarily also appear in the certificate (the grade is usually pass/fail).

2) Studies completed abroad can be substituted/included in your studies. If during your exchange you have completed a course in business, for example, you must contact the lecturer responsible for the course you would like to substitute and request the substitution directly from him/her. However, courses provided by foreign universities are often not directly equivalent to any of our courses. If this is the case, you can turn to the university lecturer for the subject in question, who will include your foreign studies in your current studies. In other words, an entry on the credits obtained abroad will be made under the subject in question (for example marketing studies completed abroad).

3) The end result can also be a combination of the options mentioned above. You can, for example, substitute some of your studies (contact the specialisation option in question) and include the remainder in the degree as elective studies (contact the coordinator of international studies).

Instructions for applying for credit transfer from studies completed during exchange

When you apply for course substitution from a teacher, be prepared to indicate the work amount required to complete the course. During your exchange studies, you should write down information on the work amount required by your studies in as much detail as possible. One Finnish credit is equivalent to about 27 hours of work, and you need as much detail as possible to determine the work amount: course completion method (e.g. lecture, seminar, working group, papers, presentations), course level, scope and difficulty, the amount of hours of lectures and classroom education, required literature, grading criteria (e.g. lecture exam, literature exam, essay and group activity).

When you apply for substitution/inclusion directly from a lecturer, in addition to the transcript of records from the host university, you should bring with you your curriculum guide and any exercises, reports and papers you have prepared as well as any materials that indicate the information specified above (e.g. copies of the tables of contents of any books you have read). You can also log your working hours during your studies abroad, since things like that tend to slip the mind rather quickly. Also bear in mind that the obligation to provide proof of your studies lies with you, and you cannot generally rely on the host university to send documents on request afterwards. The more complete your information upon returning from exchange, the faster you will receive the decision on credit transfer.

Independently obtained study place

As a student, you can also obtain a study place on your own. You can travel abroad through a commercial organiser or fully independently. In this case, you are obliged to demonstrate that the foreign studies are part of the host university’s normal education, as specified in the curriculum. This means that the courses must be listed in the host university’s curriculum guide and/or the university’s website (not only the commercial organisation brokering study opportunities, for example). You must present a transcript of records from the host university and the course descriptions for credit transfer. The transcript must be directly issued by the host university (signatures, stamps). You can request documentation proving the courses are part of the local university’s curriculum beforehand and deliver them to the Faculty of Management’s staff who handle study affairs. If you choose to travel for exchange at a university not covered by the partner agreements of the University of Tampere, you are doing so at your own risk, because credit transfer may not be possible and cannot be guaranteed in advance. If the documents you receive meet our demands, credit transfer will be possible.

In all matters related to exchange studies, you can turn to the study services of the Faculty of Management. In particular, the coordinators of international studies can help you with questions related to exchange!

Contact persons for recognition of foreign studies:

Course substitution – lecturer responsible for the course

Inclusion of course in specialisation – university lecturer for specialisation

Inclusion of studies in degree as part of elective studies – coordinator of international studies

Instructions of the Degree Programme in Politics for Credit Transfer from Exchange Studies

Credit Transfer from Studies Completed outside UTA

Studies completed at another university can be either directly included in the degree or they can be used to substitute for courses with equivalent content and level, or parts thereof.

Inclusion of Studies

The inclusion of studies in the degree means incorporating studies completed at another Finnish or foreign institution of higher education (HEI)  (excl. exchange studies, see below) directly into the degree as optional studies. At the Faculty of Management, Head of Study Affairs Heli Tontti decides on whether or not to include studies completed elsewhere in a student’s degree. The student must submit a transcript of records of studies completed at the institution of higher education to the Head of Study Affairs. The studies are then assessed and entered into the register as a total sum.

Substitution of Studies

In order for studies to be eligible for substitution with studies completed at another Finnish or foreign institution of higher education (HEI), equivalence in content, level and scope is required. Decisions on substitutions are made by the teacher responsible for the course in question or the person separately authorised for the task by the discipline. Substituted study attainments are entered in the study register by the degree programme or the Language Centre Office.

You can also apply for the inclusion and substitution of studies completed at another HEI. If you have numerous foreign courses or study attainments completed elsewhere, it is possible to substitute some of your studies based on content and level equivalence and include the other attainments in the degree as elective studies.

Applying for Credit Transfer Based on Studies Completed During Student Exchange

Credit transfer from academic studies completed during exchange can be applied for with the person responsible for the intermediate studies of the specialisation options of International Relations and Political Science (University Lecturer) or advanced studies (Professor). Should you have any questions regarding University of Tampere course units/modules during your exchange period, it is recommended to contact the responsible teachers directly (see below).

Substitutions can only be granted for courses with equivalency in the degree programme’s curriculum. When applying for credit transfer, the student must present an official transcript of records/certificate of studies completed elsewhere and an account of the content, scope and level of the studies (e.g. host university’s curriculum guide). See more detailed instructions below.

You can also include courses completed during the exchange in your degree as optional studies in the event that suitable equivalencies cannot be found in the curriculum of the discipline. In these cases, contact the Coordinator of International Education for the Degree Programme in Politics (Minna Höijer). If an ECTS transcript could not be obtained from the hosting university, the student must append the application with an account of the credit system applied at the university in question as well as their own estimate of the equivalency in Finnish credits.

International Relations

Substitution arrangements are always agreed upon on a case-by-case basis at appointments. However, before the appointment, it is a good idea to consider the following and take the necessary steps:

  • Substitution is only possible if the courses are at least somewhat equivalent in terms of content. You should bear this in mind when leaving for exchange and selecting courses at the host university. At the same time, the basic principle is that work well done will always ensure the best possible credit transfer opportunities upon your return home.
  • If the studies you complete during your exchange are otherwise appropriate and within the field of International Relations but cannot be reasonably considered to correspond to or serve as a substitute for the studies we provide, the study attainments can be recorded under elective studies, in which case the attainments DO NOT reduce (or substitute) the credit requirements and work amounts of other courses.
  • Courses that are intended to substitute for advanced studies (Master’s degree studies) must be Master’s level courses. This applies to both foreign exchange studies and studies completed under other disciplines, if they can be used as elective advanced studies.
  • The process can be expedited if you have a structured view of what you would like to substitute and you can suggest what you would like to substitute it with.
  • You should consider these things at home and e-mail the results to us for information roughly one week before the appointment. You should also append any possible course descriptions and other essential materials, particularly information on the scope of the completed course units in credits if the host institution did not use the ECTS system (in this case, it is necessary to negotiate on the matter at the university’s study office or other relevant place). If you do not have the requisite documents and clarifications in electronic format, bring them with you to the appointment when you present the physical certificate or other proof of the completed studies.
  • Before coming to the appointment, you should also fill in and print out this substitution form. The form is also available at the degree programme’s office (Pinni A4041).

>> Applying for credit transfer under the specialisation for International Relations (.pdf)

- Teacher responsible for basic and intermediate studies: Milla Vaha
- Teacher responsible for advanced studies: Hannes Peltonen

Political Science

Students of Political Science must fill in the substitution form provided below and submit the appendices specified in the instructions in order to apply for credit transfer. The form can be downloaded through the link below; copies are also available at the degree programme office (Pinni A4041).

>> Applying for substitution under the specialisation for Political Science (.pdf)

- Teacher responsible for basic and intermediate studies: Mikko Lahtinen
- Teacher responsible for advanced studies: Tapio Raunio

You can apply for credit transfer for language studies completed abroad with the Language Centre or the studies can be included in your degree at your faculty (students of Politics: Faculty of Management/Minna Höijer).


The staff email addresses are of the format <firstname.lastname@uta.fi> unless otherwise stated. Replace umlaut or accented letters with non-diacritic characters (e.g. ä->a, ö->o).

Name Task Room Phone
Kangastupa Elina Study Coordinator PINNI A2035 050 437 7008
Nordling Aino Study Coordinator (Administrative Studies)
PINNI A2038 050 318 6822
Höijer Minna Coordinator of International Education (Degree Programme in Politics, Jean Monnet Activities)
Faculty of Management

- International Coordinator for Politics (student and staff mobility, bilateral agreements)
- Administration of Jean Monnet activities
PINNI A2069 050 318 6604
Nieminen Terhi International Coordinator, Faculty of Management (JKK), Administrative and Business Studies
email: business.school@uta.fi

- International student exchanges and bilateral agreements in the field of business and administrative studies
- coordinator for MDP in Leadership for Change
PINNI A2067 040 190 1480

Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences

Credit transfer from studies completed elsewhere

  • Decisions on substitution for medical studies completed at a Finnish or foreign university are made by the director of education in cooperation with the persons responsible for the various fields. Deliver the transcript of records to the head of study affairs.
  • Decisions on the inclusion of studies completed at a Finnish or foreign university or institution of higher education (UAS) in elective studies are made by the head of study affairs.

Procedure:

  • On the transcript of records you have received from the Finnish or foreign university or institution of higher education (UAS) , use the character x to mark the studies you are proposing for inclusion in the elective medical studies. Try to pick studies to arrive at a total credit count of 15 ECTS.  A few excess credits are allowed if the total number of credits cannot be matched to 15 ECTS.
  • Deliver the transcript of records to med.opintotoimisto(at)uta.fi or send a copy of the transcript to Head of Study Affairs Nina Pietilä through internal mail.
    • Study attainments added to elective studies by proposal of the student will appear in the study register in roughly two weeks. If the matter requires further clarification, the student will be contacted by the study administration.
    •  At Finnish universities, decisions on substitutions regarding language studies under degree programmes in dental health care and medicine are made by the head of study affairs. Language studies completed under other degree programmes can be recognised in elective studies, but they cannot be used to substitute for the language studies included in the Licentiate of Medicine degree.
    •  Credit for medical studies completed at an open university will not be transferred towards the compulsory studies of the Licentiate Degree Programme in Medicine.

Faculty of Natural Sciences

The credit transfer form for the substitution and inclusion of studies can be found on the forms page. However, please read the instructions on this page before filling in an application form!

New students are recommended to apply for possible credit transfer well in advance before beginning studies in the autumn. In this way, the credit transfer decisions will facilitate selecting the first year courses and preparing a study plan.

Credit transfer through substitution

Instructions on substitutions regarding language studies are provided in the Language Centre instructions.

The application form (study substitution) can be found on the forms page.

The orientation studies and guided study planning courses included in the bachelor’s degree studies of the Faculty of Natural Sciences cannot be substituted with other studies. In addition to this, credit for theses is not transferred.

Applying for substitutions in mathematics and statistics

  • Substitutions are applied for with the substitution form, which must be appended with a copy of the relevant degree certificate and/or transcript of records as well as descriptions of the content of the courses in question. More detailed instructions are provided on the form.
  • The form must be submitted to the degree programme’s study coordinator or the faculty office.
  • Additional information: in substitution matters concerning mathematics and statistics, please contact Study Coordinator Ville-Matti Erkintalo.

Substitution and credit transfer in computer sciences

Documents required for the application:

  1. substitution form that indicates which previously completed course(s) you intend to use for substitution and which studies you would like to include in the elective studies in computer sciences,
  2. copy of the degree certificate and/or official transcript of records,
  3. content descriptions of the previously completed courses from the relevant curriculum guide or website. The information must be from the year in which the course in question was completed, and
  4. possible additional clarifications, such as the programming language, modelling methods, standards, protocols, etc.

Documents 1–2 must be provided on paper, the other documents can be submitted electronically.

Generally speaking, prior university studies suitable for computer sciences can be included as elective studies in the discipline, even if no directly equivalent course is available.

Three basic studies courses in computer sciences

  • TIEP1 Introduction to Programming 5 ECTS,
  • TIEP3 Data Bases 5 ECTS and
  • TIEP4 Introduction to Information System Development 5 ECTS

can be completed by taking a proficiency test. The times of the tests and instructions on required preparations are provided in the curriculum.

Credit transfer through inclusion

Credit transfer is done through inclusion if the studies are not suitable for any University of Tampere degree programme or the student would otherwise like to incorporate them into his/her degree directly. Inclusion can be applied for by submitting an application on the inclusion of studies completed elsewhere in a degree to the Head of Study Affairs Taru Koskinen or the unit’s office (contact information). The application form (inclusion of studies) can be found on the forms page.

Please append the following to the application

  • an official transcript of records or equivalent document, and
  • an account on which transcript studies are intended to be included in the degree, and their scope in credits.

Studies completed abroad

Please note that you cannot include in your degree any foreign studies with the same content as studies you have already completed here.

See instructions related to the application at the beginning of the page

Deliver the credit transfer application to the coordinator of international education.

When some of the studies are substituted and others are included

Apply for substitution opportunities for each degree programme first before applying for inclusion for the remaining studies.  Once the degree programmes have made their decision on the substitutions, you can submit an application on the inclusion of the other studies. The application must clearly indicate the portion of the studies that is intended for substitution, how many credits you have received for the studies, and the portion of the studies intended to be directly included in the degree.

Using completed course units for two degrees

Subject to certain conditions, completed course units can be used towards two university degrees by decision of each unit:

  • Based on a prior higher education degree, credit for compulsory studies included in the curriculum can be transferred towards a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Compulsory studies mean the student’s own degree programme’s basic, intermediate and advanced studies, language and communication studies, studies related to the general capabilities for studying and academic work, and the elective studies separately specified as compulsory in the curriculum (for example the pedagogical studies of the specialisation in teacher education in mathematics and the studies in another subject for teaching).Credit for theses is not transferred.
  • Credit for studies included in a lower degree cannot be transferred to a higher degree.
  • Transition provision regarding students completing a combination of bachelor’s studies in accordance with the old credit system and master’s studies in accordance with the new credit system (valid until 31 July 2018). More information can be found in the education reform instructions.

Additional information on credit transfer

More information on credit transfer can be found in the university’s Regulations on Degrees, among other documents.

Rectification for a decision regarding credit transfer can be requested in accordance with the university’s Regulations on the Assessment of Studies.

More information on credit transfer can be obtained from Head of Study Affairs Taru Koskinen.

Name Task E-mail Room Phone
Erkintalo Ville-Matti Study Coordinator

Student contacts: mtt-studies@uta.fi

Study affairs administration in the degree programme of Mathematics and Statistics (incl. CBDA)
-teaching schedule
-curriculum
-final grades for Degree Certificate
-transferring studies taken outside UTA
-new students and orientation
-other study affairs
Ville-Matti.Erkintalo@uta.fi PINNI B1060 050 318 6386
Rikala Heli Study Coordinator

Study affairs administration in the degree programme of Computer Sciences (incl. MDP in HTI, SDE and CBDA)
- teaching schedule
- final grade (HTI, SDE) for Degree Certificate
Heli.Rikala@uta.fi PINNI B1058 050 318 6669
Koskinen Taru Head of Study Affairs
Faculty of Natural Sciences

- Study affairs administration
Taru.Koskinen@uta.fi PINNI B1051 040 190 1219
Tuominen Kirsi Coordinator of International Education

LUO faculty and COMS/information sciences faculty
- incoming international degree and exchange students
- outgoing Erasmus students
- Master's degree programmes given in English (Computational Big Data Analytics, Software Development)
- international enquiries regarding Doctoral studies
- JOO studies
Kirsi-Marja.Tuominen@uta.fi PINNI B1057 050 318 6688

Faculty of Social Sciences

Credit transfer from studies

In addition to studies offered by their own university, students of the University of Tampere can transfer credit towards their degrees from studies of equivalent level completed in other Finnish or foreign universities. The studies completed elsewhere can be used to substitute for corresponding studies available at the University of Tampere or they can be included directly as part of the degree.

Substitution of studies

If the studies you have completed previously are covered by your own degree programme/major or minor subject/elective degree area or if you would like to continue studies in the same discipline at the University of Tampere, the matter will be handled by the degree programme which covers the discipline in question.

Within degree programmes, matters regarding substitution are usually handled by the lecturers responsible for courses or modules in question. When applying for substitution, you must generally include original certificates of the studies you have completed (official transcript of records and possibly detailed descriptions of the studies) and your own proposal for the substitution arrangement. Also see the more specific instructions below with regard to studies completed abroad. Some degree programmes/disciplines have their own forms for applying for substitutions. In other words, please take the time to study the substitution instructions of the discipline in question before preparing the application.

As regards the substitution of language studies, see the Language Centre’s instructions.

If you would like to substitute joint studies included in the YKY bachelor’s degree studies, please see additional instructions in the section on joint studies.

Inclusion of studies

If the studies you have completed elsewhere are not suitable for any University of Tampere degree programme or discipline or you do not intend to continue them at the University of Tampere, they will be included directly into a degree being completed at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Inclusion is handled by the unit’s study services.

When applying for inclusion, please provide the original certificates for the studies you have completed (official transcript of records or degree certificate) and a description of course content. Also see the more specific instructions below with regard to studies completed abroad. To apply for inclusion, you can also use the application for credit transfer from studies completed elsewhere (pdf form).

Inclusion and substitution applications can be submitted to Helena Siipo at the unit’s study services (room. 6060, tel. +358 40 190 9678), and advice can be requested from the persons responsible for study counselling.

PLEASE NOTE! You can use some of the studies completed at other institutions of higher education to substitute for studies and include some in your degree. In these cases, you must first contact the degree programme/discipline that provides the studies you would like to substitute. Once you have determined the possibilities for substitution, you can apply for the inclusion of the remaining studies in your degree by contacting the unit’s study services. The application must clearly indicate which studies have already been used for substitution and which portion you intend to include directly in the degree.

Studies completed abroad

See instructions on credit transfer from studies completed abroad at the beginning of the page.

Pori unit

Degree Programme in Social Work

Recognition of prior degrees, studies and learning in the Degree Programme in Social Work in the 2017–2018 academic year (AHOT/RPL)

Credit for prior degrees, studies and learning can be transferred towards your studies if the previous studies correspond with the learning outcomes of the Degree Programme in Social Work and/or parts thereof. This page describes the general principles based on which previous degrees and studies are approved. After that, the practices of applying for substitution entries are described.

In addition to these policies, it is important that you study the general approval practices of the Faculty of Social Sciences. They include instructions on credit transfer procedures for language studies, for example.

Prior master’s degree
Students who have completed a master’s degree do not need to complete the master’s degree course S3A Orientation to Writing a Thesis (5 ECTS). In addition to this, they will only attend the S3C thesis seminar for one semester, during which they will prepare a feasible research plan. The completion of a master’s degree may require other supplementary studies.

Students who are selected through the master’s degree application process and are completing the master’s degree only are notified separately on what studies to complete. On the basis of this letter, the students must prepare their personal study plan (HOPS), which they must discuss with their teacher tutor.

Prior bachelor’s degree
The students who have a previous bachelor’s degree, and who are completing a master’s degree only under the Degree Programme in Social Work, must complete the missing basic and intermediate studies in social work as supplementary studies. The exception to this are students whose prior theoretical and methodological bachelor’s degree studies are closely related to the Degree Programme in Social Work (applicable bachelor’s degree).

  • Those who have completed an applicable bachelor’s degree do not need to complete the supplementary course YKYYHT3 Action, Interpretation and Knowledge (5 ECTS).
  • Those who have completed an applicable bachelor’s degree do not need to complete the supplementary intermediate studies STYA4 Research Methodology (10 ECTS) and STYA5 Bachelor’s Thesis (10 ECTS).
  • Students who have completed an applicable bachelor’s degree and who have at least one year of experience in social work will attend the STYA3B1 Social Work Skills Seminar as their own group, in connection to which the course STYA3B2 Practical Training and Guidance will also be completed. More specific information is provided in the curriculum guide.

Students who are selected through the master’s degree application process and have completed the bachelor’s degree are notified separately on what studies to complete. On the basis of this letter, the students must prepare their personal study plan (HOPS), which they must discuss with their teacher tutor.

Open university studies
Social work studies completed as open university studies at the University of Tampere are automatically entered into the study register immediately upon the student in question registering as a student of the university. If you have completed all intermediate studies, you must also prepare for the maturity test related to the bachelor’s degree in the event that you have been admitted to complete both the bachelor’s and master’s degree. In this case, please contact the coordinator of the course unit A5 Bachelor’s Thesis.

The eligibility for substitution of social work studies completed at other universities of applied sciences is assessed on a case-by-case basis. For basic and intermediate studies, the assessment will be made by the lecturer responsible for the relevant module.

Social work studies completed at other universities
Credit for social work studies completed at other universities is primarily transferred to the Degree Programme in Social Work at the University of Tampere. Decisions on substitution are made by the person responsible for the study module in question, in the context of substitutions for basic and intermediate studies.

University of applied sciences degree in social services (Bachelor of Social Services (AMK), Bachelor of Elderly Care (AMK), Rehabilitation Instructor (AMK))
As regards basic studies in social work, these degrees substitute for the P1 (5 ECTS), P2 (5 ECTS), P3 (5 ECTS) and P5 (5 ECTS) – for intermediate studies they substitute for the course  A2 (5 ECTS), 25 ECTS in total. In basic studies, the students must complete the joint studies course YKYYHT3.

In addition to this, students who have completed a university of applied sciences degree in social services must attend the intermediate studies course A3B1 Social Work Skill Seminar as their own group, in connection to which the course A3B2 Practical Training and Guidance will also be completed. More specific information is provided in the curriculum guide.

Under certain conditions, those with a university of applied sciences degree in social services are eligible to study for a master’s degree in social work only, see transitioning directly to master’s degree studies.

Substitutions can also be gained based on university of applied sciences studies that have lasted at least one year (approx. 60 ECTS). These substitutions are decided upon by the lecturer responsible for the basic studies.

Second-cycle degree in social services from a university of applied sciences (Master of Social Services (YAMK))
Primarily substitutes for master’s degree studies in social work. The maximum substitution is 25 credits based on the content-related equivalencies in learning outcomes

Basic studies in social sciences
Students who have completed the module titled Basic Studies in Social Sciences (25 ECTS) at the University of Tampere can move on to Intermediate Studies in Social Work by completing the basic study courses STYP1 Basics of Social Work (5 ECTS) and STYP2 Ethics, Values and Voluntary Work in Social Work (5 ECTS). The courses do not need to be completed if you have already completed courses with equivalent content as part of the Basic Studies in Social Sciences.

Credit transfer from other degrees and studies
The Vocational Qualification in Social and Health Care (Practical Nurse) can substitute for the portion on volunteer work within the course unit P2 Ethics, Values and Voluntary Work in Social Work. The same principle is applied to other degrees of equivalent level in the field of social services.

On sufficient grounds, you can apply for credit transfer from degrees and studies other than those listed above, if the competence obtained corresponds with the learning outcomes of the degree programme or parts thereof.

Work experience, continuing education and informal learning
Extensive work experience in social work (at least one year) can be considered to substitute for courses the learning outcomes of which match the work experience. This applies to course units STYA3B and STYS2B. The eligibility of the work experience for study substitution will be assessed by the lecturers responsible for the respective courses.
Extensive continuing education or social work competence obtained in some other way (information learning) is recognised if it meets the learning outcomes of the courses in question in the manner required by university education. The eligibility of continuing education for study substitution is assessed particularly in relation to the learning outcomes of course unit S2. The eligibility for credit transfer will be assessed by the lecturers responsible for the course units.

Obsolescence of studies
As a general rule, entire degrees and compulsory language and communication studies do not go obsolete. With regard to individual courses or partial study attainment, prior learning is assessed in relation to the learning outcomes of the effective curriculum. From the perspective of quality assurance in relation to the degree, the general rule is that the recognised studies may not be more than 10 years old. In the event that the studies are more than 10 years old, the credit transfer will be assessed on a case-by-case basis in relation to the learning outcomes.

Credit transfer practices for prior degrees, studies and learning
To apply for credit transfer, fill in the form provided here.

Deliver the form with the requisite appendices (original certificates of degrees and study attainments) to Study Secretary Terhi Raitanen.

As regards social work, the supplementary studies for the master’s degree must be agreed upon with University Lecturer Suvi Raitakari, unless they have been specified in conjunction with the application process for the master’s programme.

In the context of HOPS work, the HOPS teacher can discuss the credit transfer process with you and instruct you on the related practices. 

Bachelor’s and master’s degree credit transfer practices for studies other than social work: more detail is provided in SOC’s general instructions above.

Degree requirements for social work. 

Study Register for Social Work Terhi Raitanen

Form for substitution entries.

Credit transfer/Degree Programme in Health Sciences

http://www.uta.fi/hes/opiskelu/kaytannot/hyvaksilukeminen.html

Credit for studies can be transferred by using them to substitute for specific studies or including them directly into a degree. The assessment criteria for credit transfer are the scope, content and level of the study attainments.

Credit transfer through substitution

Credit transfer is done through substitution if the studies are covered by the student’s major, degree programme or some other degree programme at the University of Tampere. The substitutions must be applied for with the lecturer responsible for the course/module in question, in accordance with separate instructions. The degree programme also uses a separate form for applying for substitutions.

For substitutions regarding language studies, please contact Study Secretary Sinikka Määttä (official transcript of records/UAS certificate).

The Orientation Studies course cannot be substituted with other studies. In addition to this, credit for theses is not transferred (see Regulations on Degrees).

Credit transfer through inclusion

Credit transfer is done through inclusion if the studies are not suitable for any University of Tampere discipline or degree programme or the student would otherwise like to incorporate them into his/her degree directly. Apply for inclusion by submitting the following:

  • an official transcript of records or equivalent document, and
  • an account of which transcript studies are intended to be included in the degree, and their scope in credits.

When some of the studies are substituted and others are included

Completed university studies can be counted towards a degree by using some of them to substitute for specific studies in a discipline or degree programme and including the rest directly in the degree. In these cases, you must first apply for substitutions from the degree programme/discipline (lecturer responsible for course unit/HOPS). Then you can apply for the inclusion of the remaining studies.

The application must clearly indicate which studies have already been used for substitution and which portion you intend to include directly in the degree.

Using completed course units for two degrees

Subject to certain conditions, completed course units can be used towards two university degrees:

see faculty’s intructions.

Open university studies

Courses and modules completed in open university after 1 January 1990 in accordance with the requirements of the University of Tampere will be automatically entered in the study register of an enrolled student. Separate certificates do not need to be presented.

Studies at universities of applied sciences

Studies completed at universities of applied sciences are usually eligible for substitution if they involve complete degrees (general guidelines of the university). Students who have completed a university of applied sciences degree in health care can apply for substitution of certain courses based on the curriculum. The substitutions will be discussed once the studies are under way.

Converting the right to study to focus directly on a master’s degree

Students who have already completed a suitable higher education degree and who have received a right to study for both a bachelor’s and master’s degree can apply for the right to be converted to focus directly on the master’s degree (seestudy pages of the university). In this context, the student will also relinquish his/her right to study for the bachelor’s degree. The application form is available at the Registrar’s Office’s forms page, and it must be submitted to Amanuensis Helena Rantanen.

Instructions for other studies

Computer skills

The following are accepted as substitutive studies for the course TIEY4 Introduction to Computing

  • University- or UAS-level course of equivalent scope (3 ECTS) and content (including education in at least spreadsheets, presentation graphics and word processing).
  • A- or AB-level eSkill examination completed in accordance with the requirements standardised by the Information Society Development Centre (TIEKE) (@ level examination is insufficient)
  • Basic level or higher of the international ECDL qualification (at least 7 completed areas)
  • Vocational Qualification in Business Information Technology (Datanomi degree)

provided that the course/degree has been completed less than 10 years ago.

You can apply for substitution with your own faculty via the appropriate form.

More detailed application instructions can be found on the course page.

Communication and language studies (Language Centre)

General principles

A degree student at the University of Tampere can request credit transfer for language studies completed at another Finnish or foreign institution of higher education. Language studies completed elsewhere can be used to substitute for language studies at the university or they can be included directly in the degree.

The language centre can only transfer credit for

  • Finnish,
  • Swedish and
  • foreign language courses included in its curriculum.

Faculties decide upon the inclusion of other language studies in the elective studies of the degree.

The Language Centre primarily accepts credit transfer only based on language studies completed at other Finnish universities or universities of applied sciences, or at foreign universities. The language portion of the Finnish matriculation examination or foreign or domestic language qualifications that measure general language skill cannot be used to substitute for language studies. The substitution practices are generally in line with the recommendation of the RPL in the HEIs (AHOT korkeakouluissa) project with regard to recognition of prior learning (pdf in Finnish).

Substitution and inclusion

Substitution means substituting communication and language studies with other studies in the same field that are equivalent in terms of content. The substitutions are processed by the Language Centre or the student’s own faculty.

The student’s own faculty always handles the inclusion of studies in his/her degree.

Grades

Among substituted study attainments, only the course in Swedish written and oral skills is graded, and the course completion is recorded in the Study Register with the grade “satisfactory knowledge” (TY) or “good knowledge” (HV) based on the original grades. In the Study Register: TY = 1, 2, 3 or TT and HV = 4, 5 or HT. For other languages and Finnish academic writing and oral communication, a substituted course is entered in the register as approved.

Communication and language studies completed in Finland

Any such studies completed in Finnish universities or universities of applied sciences that match the current degree programme’s communication and language studies in terms of scope (difference in course scope may not exceed 1 credit) and content are usually considered to substitute the communication and language studies*. For some degrees (for example Lic.Med.), communication and language courses in the same or closely related field are accepted as substitutive study attainments.

  • Basic studies (at least 25 credits ECTS / 15 credits in the earlier credit system (ov)) in a foreign language or corresponding subject usually substitute for a total of six credits in most degrees.
  • Basic studies in Finnish are considered to substitute for the course in academic writing and the elective course in Finnish.
  • Basic studies in speech communication are usually recognised as a substitute for the speech communications course (KKSUPRO) and normally the elective course in speech communications as well.
  • Basic studies in Swedish or a corresponding subject (= satisfactory skill) or intermediate studies (= good skill) substitute for the course in written and oral proficiency in the other official language of Finland and the elective course in Swedish. The grades of the course in written and oral communication are based on the Government Decree on demonstrating Finnish and Swedish proficiency in government positions (481/2003).

*) Please note: this also applies to the communication and language studies organised by the open university and its partner institutions as well as communication and language studies provided by open universities of applied sciences.

Communication and language studies completed abroad

A degree from a foreign institution of higher education is usually regarded as a substitute for any studies in the language in question that may be included in the current degree programme, provided that the language in which the foreign degree was completed is the official language of the country. However, the practices may vary between faculties.

Communication and language studies completed at a university during exchange studies can be recognised as substitutive study attainments in part or in full if they correspond to the communication and language studies of the student’s current degree programme in terms of their scope and content. The student may ask the Language Centre to approve the communication and language study plan before the exchange, but no binding advance decisions will be made at this time.

Studies completed abroad in one’s own field are not eligible for credit transfer towards communication and language studies, except where the student can demonstrate that the studies in question have involved text production, presentations, participation in negotiations or meetings, or other similar tasks and exercises that have been evaluated by a teacher. In addition to this, credit transfer is not available for foreign communication and language studies the level of which is lower or the same as communication and language studies that the student has completed previously. However, the student’s unit may approve lower- or equivalent-level communication and language studies for inclusion in elective studies.

Applying for credit transfer

Substitution for communication and language studies must be applied for on a separate form, to which copies of transcripts of records and other documents must be appended, along with descriptions of the courses based on which the application is based. The form must be submitted to Study Coordinator Hanna Nurmi either on paper or by e-mail (hanna.k.nurmi@uta.fi).

The student must mark in the form all the courses for which he/she has applied for substitution and, in the case of a print application, make copies of the appendices.

The substitution decisions are made entirely based on the documents, and possible additional information and other materials can be appended to the application. The processing of applications often requires background work and teacher consultation, for example, which is why decisions cannot be made on the spot while the student is waiting. Decisions on credit transfer are made by the Director of the Language Centre.

Additional information is available from Hanna Nurmi, hanna.k.nurmi@uta.fi, and Study Secretary Ritva Skön, ritva.skon@uta.fi.

During a semester, the applications are processed and the approved study attainments are recorded within three weeks of submission. Approved study attainments are entered in the Study Register, and the student is notified by e-mail of any possible rejections.

Students who are dissatisfied with the decision may seek rectification from the Director of the Language Centre within 14 days of being informed of the decision. If a student is also dissatisfied with the decision on the request for rectification, he/she can appeal the decision to the university’s Appeals Committee within 14 days of being notified of the decision.

At faculties, heads of study affairs are usually in charge of substitution and inclusion arrangements regarding language studies.

Completing a course through the RPL procedure (test)

Degree students at the University of Tampere, who have obtained the communication and language skills required for the degree through means other than communication and language courses at another institution of higher education, are eligible to complete certain communication and language studies through a proficiency test. The proficiency test practices are based on the recommendations of the RPL in the HEIs project.

Proficiency tests are arranged for speech communication, English and Swedish. Additional information on the content of the proficiency tests is provided below. The test schedules are listed in the Language Centre’s curriculum.

RPL procedure for speech communication

For students who have accumulated competence in speech communication and interaction in demanding work and volunteer efforts (e.g. management, consultation, training, guidance, teaching, negotiation, project work in groups, communication or demanding customer work) and/or through courses related to speech communication, which are not part of the communication and language studies included in the degree programme.

Through a portfolio and proficiency test, the student can demonstrate his/her command of the skills provided on the Introduction to Interpersonal Communication Skills course, which is included in the degree.

The RPL procedure is applied for by means of a free-form application and portfolio, which must clearly indicate the work and/or volunteer tasks and speech communication courses through which the student has accumulated demonstrable proficiency in speech communication and interaction at a level that matches the objectives of the curriculum.

The application and portfolio are used as a basis for assessing whether or not the student will be invited to take the proficiency test. Prior learning is recognised based on the portfolio and proficiency test.

In the proficiency test, the student must demonstrate speech and interaction skills in a separately agreed upon situation, which may involve a presentation, group discussion and feedback.

The proficiency test and various documents are compared with the degree’s learning outcomes to determine whether or not the student can be recognised to have sufficient proficiency in academic speech communication.

Please note: you can only apply for the RPL procedure once during your studies.

Instructions for the application and portfolio are provided here. Proficiency test instructions will be sent to the applicant with the invitation about two weeks before the test date.

The test is graded on a scale of pass–fail. If the student receives a failing grade for the proficiency test, he/she will need to take the Introduction to Interpersonal Communication Skills course.

RPL procedure for Swedish written and oral communication

The first phase of the proficiency test on Swedish written and oral communication is a written test. Those who pass the written test are invited to the oral proficiency test.

Please note! Students of B.Sc. (Econ. and Business Admin.), Lic.Med. and B.A. (Theatre.) degrees can also complete the Swedish course required for the degree through this proficiency test.

General Information about the RPL/AHOT Procedure (English courses)

University of Tampere degree students are given the opportunity to demonstrate that, through prior learning, they master the learning outcomes of the basic English course required by their degree. The assessment result may exempt students from one of the following courses:

Introduction to Academic English (4 ECTS)

Foundations of Business Communication (4 ECTS)

Advanced English Business Communication (4 ECTS)

Introduction to Scientific Writing (2 ECTS) (for medical students only)

The pass level for all tasks is set at B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference to Languages (CEFR) scale. You are only allowed to take the test once.

To assess whether you possess the required skills for the RPL process, familiarise yourself with the following:

  • Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (minimum B2 required)
  • Learning outcomes of the course required by your degree: Introduction to Academic English / Foundations of Business Communication / Introduction to Scientific Writing / Advanced English Business Communication

Note: This test is not simply an alternative to attending the course. It is a procedure for demonstrating that through prior learning (e.g. studying abroad, work experience or similar) you have already achieved the learning outcomes of the course. You will have to present good reasons and evidence for why you should be considered for this process.

Assessment Procedure

For the Introduction to Academic English, Foundations of Business English and Advanced English Business Communication courses, the test consists of three parts. The test for the Introduction to Scientific Writing course only comprises parts 1 and 2.

1. Application in the form of an electronic test

In the test, you will be asked to

  • explain why you should be considered eligible for the RPL (AHOT) process, i.e. where and how have you achieved the learning outcomes of the course
  • assess your English proficiency against the CEFR scale
  • complete a text comprehension task.

Assessment of part 1:

Your application will be evaluated on your English skills as demonstrated though your writing and the task, as well as the reasons and evidence you give as to why you should be considered for the process. Note: you are required to pass part 1 in order to move to part 2.

2. Academic reading and writing task

In the test, you will be asked to

  • read and summarise an academic article or parts of article(s) to demonstrate your academic English skills and knowledge of academic conventions in English.

See assessment criteria of part 2 (pdf).

Please note: you are required to pass part 2 in order to move to part 3.

3. Presentation task

In the presentation task, you will

  • submit a brief introduction to your oral presentation in Moodle
  • give a 10-minute presentation related to your own field of study and answer any questions your audience may have after your presentation
  • listen to other presenters, participate in the discussion of their presentation and give feedback to presenters.

See assessment criteria of part 3 (pdf)

Open University

You can apply for credit transfer if you have previously completed a course of equivalent content and scope in another Finnish or foreign institution of higher education or other educational institution. The decisions on credit transfer are made by the teacher responsible for each respective study module or course offered by the university.

Credit transfer does not exempt you from paying the tuition fee, so will also have to pay 15€ / credit for your transferred studies as normal. As an exemption are studies in accordance with the curricula of the University of Tampere.

Substitutions must be applied for with a substitution application, to which a transcript of records and the curriculum for the course(s) in question must be appended. The substitution form and additional information are available from the study coordinator/planner of open university studies.