Accreditation is regulated by the University of Applied Sciences decree (932/2014, 37§).
Accreditation is the main term used to describe the approval of competence acquired through studies, practical training, leisure pursuits and e.g. civic activities by students as a part of their degree or course (compulsory or optional studies). Such competence could have been acquired either before or during university of applied sciences studies. The different forms of accreditation are substitution, inclusion and recognition of previously acquired knowlegde, AHOT.
Substitution means studies of an equivalent content and level, achieved elsewhere that the student can substitute for (mainly compulsory) studies belonging to the syllabus of the degree programme.
Inclusion means the inclusion and accreditation of studies accomplished elsewhere in the degree programme (e.g. into the student’s optional or free-choice studies).
AHOT (Recognition of Previously Acquired Competence) means the identification and acknowledgement of previously acquired knowledge. Students must be able to identify and indicate how competence acquired through non-conventional or other means corresponds to the aims of course and the course content using an agreed procedure.
Equivalent studies (same level) correspond to levels 6 – 7 (tertiary/higher education level) of the National Qualifications Framework, NQF).
• competence must be proved (e.g. certificate, assignment, sample/demonstration of competence)
• accredited studies must advance the students’ degree studies
• competence objectives must be fulfilled
• students must acquire the skills and knowledge as required in the degree programme
• if the course or the otherwise acquired competence has already be accredited once as part of the degree, it is not possible to have it accredited again.
Accreditation is always carried out on a case by case basis. The Head of Degree Programme, with the authority of the Head of School is entitled to make decisions concerning accreditation. Prior to accreditation, the Head of Degree Programme may ask for a statement from a teacher involved in the case or from the Head of School. Where international studies are concerned the international coordinator verifies the accreditation proposal and compares it with the transcript of academic records from the foreign university and also makes the final decision. The application for accrediation of international studies is done online with the from "Accreditation" (Intranet > Forms for Students).
What to do:
- the student must negotiate for the accreditation of previous studies and otherwise acquired competence with a teacher possessing expertise in the field/topic/area concerned, the teacher tutor or the Study Counsellor to check whther the course/competence in question can be applied to his/her personal studt plan (HOPS)
- the accreditation of studies, practical training accomplished elsewhere or otherwise acquired competence must be agreed in advance with the teacher-expert or the Competence Area Manager
- the Learning Agreement for the exchange period is always compiled with the International Coordinator, before departure
Apply for accreditation with a form that can be found on this page. The application and required appendices (e.g. copy of certificate, work certificates, portfolio, transcript of academic record, military service certificate) must be submitted to the Competence Area Manager.