Transfering credits from previous courses
If you wish to include courses taken at other universities in your degree, you have to apply for a credit transfer. The procedure is a little different depending on whether it concerns a professional qualification or a general qualification.
Make sure to submit your application for credit transfer in good time before applying for your qualification, as you may have to wait for an answer, especially if you want to transfer credits you have earned abroad. You will find information on which supporting documents to enclose on the application form for credit transfer.
The Swedish Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 6, Section 6–8 regulates the student’s right regarding transfer of credits from studies in Sweden or abroad. You must be admitted to and studying at SLU in order to apply for a credit transfer. A decision on credit transfer is only valid at the university where you apply for a transfer.
This is evaluated when transferring credits
Transfer of credits is always made towards a degree. When you apply for a credit transfer the following is evaluated: if the studies are at a level corresponding to higher education in Sweden, the extent of the studies, level and content and any overlap with courses you have taken previously. The university where you took the course(s) must be accredited by a recognised educational authority or corresponding organisation in the country in question. In order to transfer credits for a course you must have received a pass grade in the examination.
Credit transfer for general qualifications (Bachelor/1-year or 2-year Master)
If you want to include courses you have taken at other Swedish universities in a general qualification, you usually do not need to apply for credit transfer.
- If you apply for a qualification through “My studies”, simply select the courses you want to include in your qualification, in addition to the courses you have taken at SLU.
- If you apply for a qualification using the paper form, you can enclose an official transcript from the other Swedish university (see the instructions for applying for a certificate).
For courses you have taken at universities abroad, you must always apply for credit transfer. Use the form “Application for credit transfer”.
Credit transfer for professional qualifications
(applies only for students admitted to a professional programme)
Courses that are not part of the study programme you are taking must be credited if you want to include them in a professional qualification. This applies both to courses you have taken at other universities (including abroad) and at SLU (courses that are not part of your programme).
More information is available on the web pages in Swedish.
- You must apply for credit transfer, it is not done automatically. Make sure to submit your application for credit transfer in good time before applying for your qualification, as you may have to wait for an answer, especially if you want to transfer credits you have earned abroad.
- When you apply for credit transfer, you must always enclose syllabuses for the courses concerned. If you study abroad, we recommend that you get copies of these on site during your exchange as it may be difficult to get hold of them later.
- If you have been on exchange abroad, your host university will normally send you a certificate of enrolment showing the credits awarded. The certificate of enrolment, also called a transcript of records, provides a basis for transferring credits earned abroad. If your host university does not send this certificate automatically, you must order it yourself.
- During your exchange, you may decide to take other courses than those you planned to take initially. If that happens, it is important to keep in touch with your programme director of studies/department to make sure that your advance notice, if you have one, is still valid. This is particularly important if you want the courses you take during your exchange to fit in with your main subject or a professional programme.
- An advance notice is not a decision on credit transfer, and is not legally binding. Even if you have an advance notice, you must apply for credit transfer when you have passed the course.
Application for credit transfer for part of a course taken at SLU
If you want to credit earlier studies as part of a course at SLU, contact the course examiner or the director of studies at the department providing the course. The examiner/department providing the course makes a decision on credit transfer for part of a course.
Use the form ”Credit transfer for part of a course”.
Form - Credit transfer for part of a course