What is credit recognition and transfer?

What is credit recognition and transfer?

Credit recognition involves adding credits obtained as part of officially recognised university degree programmes, other officially recognised higher education studies, university education leading to unofficial qualifications, activities outside the curriculum, or work experience to ongoing or current studies.

The idea is to make use of subjects that students have already passed in other studies or activities outside the curriculum and add them to their new academic record as recognised credits. This has an impact on the calculation of credits to obtain an official qualification, without having to take the subject again.

Subjects must have been taken in the past and they must count as credits of any type (basic, compulsory or optional). This does not include final degree projects.

Activities not included in the syllabus can include language courses, and cultural, sports-related, student representation, charity-related, cooperation, related to the promotion of a healthy lifestyle, and to guaranteeing sustainability or other taught activities (UAB Challenges, micromodule etc.).

These credits will be added to the student’s academic record as optative credits. Credits recognised as optative must not surpass 10% of the total number of credits in the syllabus.

When taking a Master's degree, these activities do not count for credit recognition.

Credit transfer is understood to be the inclusion of credits in the academic record previously obtained from official university qualifications at the same level, which did not lead to an official qualification and have not previously been used to obtain recognition. The transfer is purely for information purposes, since the credits transferred through this method make no impact on final calculations to obtain a qualification.