Credit recognition at home universities
The decision on whether courses at this Language Service or its certificates can be recognised for credit purposes rests with the university where you are taking your bachelor’s or master’s degree.
When you take a course with us we can certify the level you have reached on the Common European Framework of Reference, together with the number of hours of your course. 25 hours of coursework are considered to be equivalent to 1 ECTS credit.
Credit recognition at the UAB
Where can I find information about credits?
You can find the academic regulations of the UAB at https://www.uab.cat/doc/TR_Normativa_Academica_Plans_Nous
Does the UAB recognise ECTS credits for language courses and certificates?
Yes. The UAB recognises credits for the accreditation of languages on the presentation of a certificate that show the specific level of the European Common Framework of Reference for Languages has been passed. This certificate is issued by the Language Service or other recognised organisations.
How can I get my credits recognised?
By presenting the accreditation of the level passed to your Academic management office.
Which languages are eligible for ECTS credits after taking a course or obtaining a certificate?
All foreign languages. Also, students who went to school in Catalonia or in other Autonomous communities of Spain with certificates recognised as equivalent in their mother tongue can have level C2 recognised in that language.
When do I have to have passed the exams by?
Language exams accredited by level must have been passed during the degree course or even before arrival at the UAB.
What is the maximum number of credits I can obtain for having taken courses and passed exams in languages?
The UAB recognises a maximum of 12 credits for language courses and certificates.
How many credits is an accredited course of level worth?
I fit is the same language in which you took the PAU exams (whether that be English, French, German of Italian) the scale of the Language Service of the UAB is applied and credits are recognised from level 3 of that scale (B1 of the CEFR). The number of credits recognised is progressive and non-accumulable according to the following scale:
- For having passed a level equivalent to Level 3 (B1) at UABIdiomes: 1.5 credits.
- For having passed a level equivalent to Level 4 (B2.1) at UABIdiomes: from 1.5 to 3 credits according to the number of credits pending to complete your degree.
- For having passed a level equivalent to Level 5 (B2) at UABIdiomes: from 1.5 to 6 credits according to the number of credits pending to complete your degree.
- For having passed a level equivalent to Level 6 (C1.1) at UABIdiomes or a higher level: from 1.5 to 9 credits according to the number of credits pending to complete your degree.
If you have taken a foreign language different to that which you used to gain entrance to the university in the PAU, 3 credits for each accredited level, following the same scale: A1, A2, B1, B2.1, B2.2, C1.1 or higher and starting at Level 1 (A1 of the CEFR).
Can I apply for credits for higher level Catalan?
Yes. Certificate C2 in Catalan gives you the right to 3 credits.
Are credits recognised for courses and exams at all levels?
Credits are recognised for courses leading to levels A1, A2, B1, B2.1, B2.2, C1.1 or higher of the CEFR, when the language is different from that used to gain entrance to the university.
I fit is the same foreign language used in the PAU exams, credits are recognised only from level B1 of the CEFR (Level 3 of UABIdiomes).
Are credits recognised for conversation courses, exam preparation courses, language maintenance courses or other similar courses?
No. Credits are only recognised for accredited CEFR levels.
When should I apply for credit recognition for languages courses and certificates?
You can apply for credit recognition for language courses and exams at any time during your degree studies. We recommend that you do so during your final year.
Where can I take courses or exams to gain accreditation for my level and recognition of my languages within my degree studies?
You can take courses leading to certificates at the Language Service of the UAB. To find other recognised centres see the information on the tables published by the Board of the Interuniversity Council of Catalonia in the Official Gazette of the Government of Catalonia (DOGC) (link).
What is the procedure for gaining credit recognition for language courses and certificates?
To apply for recognition of ECTS credits for language courses and certificates contact the Academic Management office in your centre.
Which are the credit recognition activities at the UAB?
Please ask in your Academic Management office. You can also see them here: