Credit

If you have previously passed an education programme or parts of one, you can apply to have subjects/courses transferred to your education programme at SDU - this is called credit.

It may also be that you would like to take subjects/courses or elective subjects at another university - or perhaps you would like to take an internship? In this regard, you must apply for pre-approval - this is called credit transferred in advance.

Below you can see some examples of a number of different situations where you should or can apply for credit or credit transferred in advance.

You must apply by using the correct form and entering the information required by the study board.

1. I have studies at another education programme than that of my present programme

1a) I have completed part of my education
If you previously passed parts of an education programme (one or more subjects/courses), but not completed the education, you must apply for the subjects/courses to be transferred to your education at SDU. This is a legal requirement and is called starting credit.

Requirements for application

  • State the previous education programme on which you studied
  • Insert a link to a curriculum or course descriptions for the subjects/courses you have passed
  • Upload the transcript of records for the subjects/courses you have passed

The deadline for starting credit is 1 October
You should apply as soon as possible and no later than 1 October of the year that you were are admitted to SDU. This is because it is may be possible for you to be given starting credit for the subjects/courses as early as the 1st semester.

--> You must use the following form to apply (SPOC): Application for transfer of starting credits

1b) I have completed all of my previous education
If you have previously passed an entire education programme, you can choose to apply for the subjects/courses to be transferred to your education at SDU. This can consist of, e.g. individual subjects/courses or whole semesters. By doing this, you may be able to reduce the duration of your new education. Please contact The Student Guidance Service if you require help in preparing an individual study plan.

Credit for subjects/course at university level
You can apply for credit for subjects/courses that are on the same level (i.e. bachelor or graduate level) and where the content is equivalent to the content of your education programme at SDU. This means that it is easier to get credit for elective subjects than for compulsory subjects. Compulsory subjects often have a detailed course description, while elective subjects are more open in proportion to content.

Only limited cases can receive credit for subjects/courses that are not at bachelor or graduate level.

You cannot receive credit for subjects/courses from the same education programme
You cannot receive credit for subjects/courses from the same education programme. For example, if a subject/course or academic subject matter is part of your bachelor education, as well as your minor/elective subject. Please contact The Student Guidance Service for advice on your possibilities for being able to take another subject/course instead.

Requirements for your application:

  • State the subjects you passed previously on the other education programme
  • State which subjects in your current education you believe can be credit-covered by the subjects you have previously passed
  • Attach the course description for the subjects you previously passed

 --> You must use the following form to apply (SPOC): Application for approval of transfer of credits



2. I would like to take courses abroad or at another university

2 a. I would like to take subjects/courses abroad or at another university

You should apply for preliminary credit if you wish to:

  • study abroad
  • take subjects/courses at other universities as a visiting student.

Orient yourself with your curriculum
It is a good idea to orientate yourself with your curriculum before applying. Here, for example, you can see an overview of how many optional elements are included in your education, as well as recommendations for when it is most expedient to study abroad.

Guidelines

  • You can apply for preliminary credit for subjects/courses that are on the same level as your education at SDU (i.e. bachelor or graduate level).
  • The content of the subjects/courses must be equivalent to the content of your education at SDU:
    • If you wish to have preliminary credit for compulsory subjects/courses, the subjects/courses must be in line with the course description in your curriculum.
    • There are fewer limitations if you wish to have preliminary credit for elective subjects. The elective subject must be within the framework of the curriculum however.
    • The subjects/courses must have at least the same ECTS-weighting as the equivalent subject/course in your curriculum.
    • Subjects/courses abroad are often regarded as a ‘package’, which must have a total ECTS-weighting of 30 = one semester.

Feel free to apply for multiple options
It may be a good idea to apply for preliminary credit for multiple options and combinations in the event that your first option is not approved.

Deadlines for applying for preliminary credit
The deadline for applying for credit is 25 November for subjects/courses in the spring semester and no later than 5 May for subjects/courses in the autumn semester. Check to see if your study board has specific deadlines. You will receive a decision from the study board in your student e-mail box.

When your preliminary credit has been approved

  • ... you can apply for admission to subjects/courses at other universities at home and abroad.
  • ... you can sign the ”Learning Agreement” via SPOC (the Learning Agreement must be used for Erasmus students).

If subjects/courses are not created or you are not admitted
If subjects/courses are not created or you are not admitted, you must apply for change of your preliminary credit
as soon as possible. You must apply by 1 January for spring subjects/courses and 1 August for autumn subjects/courses.

Send your diploma when you have passed the subjects/courses
If you have taken subjects/courses at another university, your diploma must be sent to Registration & Legality (Examinations Office) via SPOC once they have been passed. Remember to attach a grading scale if you have been studying abroad. You will then receive credit.

Requirements for your application:

  • State which subjects you plan to take at the guest institution
  • State which subjects you believe can be credit-covered by subjects from the guest institution
  • Attach course descriptions for the subjects of the guest institution

--> You must use the following form to apply (SPOC): Application for preapproval of credit transfer


2 b. I would like to study a subject/course that is not part of my curriculum at SDU

If you would like to study a subject at SDU that is not a part of your curriculum, or an elective subject that has not been approved in the joint procurement, the study board must approve it in advance.

  • If the subject has been offered by another faculty at SDU, you must contact the relevant education programme before you apply for pre-approval from the study board and, if applicable, apply for permission to take subjects/courses on the programme of study. This is known as applying to be an internal guest student.
  • If the subject is offered by the Faculty of Humanities, it will be a good idea for you to contact the degree programme secretary for the education in question to hear if there is room before applying for pre-approval.
  • If you apply for pre-approval of a subject that is not part of your curriculum, it must have the same ECTS-weighting as the subject it will replace.

Requirements for your application:

  • State which subjects you plan to take on the other education programme
  • State which subjects you believe can be credit-covered by subjects from the other education programme
  • Attach the course description for the subjects of the other education programme

--> You must use the following form to apply (SPOC): Application for preapproval of an alternative elective course at SDU

Once you have been approved to read the subject, you can sign up by writing to Registration and Legality via SPOC.

3. I would like to take an academic internship or an independent study course

An academic internship (project-based course) is an unpaid term in a professionally relevant organisation or company. An independent study course is an examination within an area where you haven’t received tuition.

How do I go about it?
If you would like to take a academic internship or independent study course and if it is not already part of your education, you must apply for pre-approval, i.e. preliminary credit. You can see if academic internship or independent study courses are part your education programme by looking at your curriculum. In the curriculum you can also see which elements of your education programme a project-based or independent study course can best replace if they are not part of your education programme.

Requirements for your application
Your application for a academic internship or independent study course must be academically justified. The relevant documentation must also be attached:

  • Academic internship: A signed project and supervisory agreement should be delivered as soon as possible – see Academic internship, section 5.
    • The project agreement must include the academic subject matter and how it is relevant for your education. The academic subject matter must be in line with the course description for the project-based course, which can be found in your curriculum.
  • Independent study course: Attach descriptions of the subject matter and petitum signed by your supervisor. Ask your degree programme secretary if there is a specific agreement for independent study courses and if there is a deadline to be complied with.

-->You must use the following form to apply (SPOC): Academic internship/Independent study course

Make a plan B for your academic internship!
It is a good idea to make a plan B for your academic internship and apply for pre-approval in connection with applying for this course. Your plan B may contain, e.g. subjects/courses at SDU or other universities. You will then have an alternative at hand if you are not lucky enough to reach an agreement with a company/organisation.

You must notify Registration and Legality (Examinations Office) via SPOC by 1 August if you have not reached an agreement with an organisation and therefore wish to make use of your plan B.

Read more about project-based courses.



4. Apply for starting credit, credit and preliminary credit

Applications for starting credit, credit and credit transferred in advance are made via SPOC.

Documentation
Remember to attach the relevant documents to your application. It’s a good idea to write that you will submit the documents at a later date if you do not have them at the time of application. If you have several documents/attachments, it is a good idea to collect them as one file - see guide.

Need help?
Please contact The Student Guidance Service for guidance regarding how to apply for your credit.

Apply for credit

You are applying for credit via SPOC.

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