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Credit transfer

If you have previously studied at a Swedish or foreign higher education institution, you can apply to have all or part of the education in your degree accredited.

You can also apply to get credit transfers for an unfinished course towards another whole or part of a course. In addition, credit transfers can be conducted on other education which is not higher education or professional activities.

To get your credit transfer assessed, you must be a student at MDU. The rules for credit transfer can be found in MDU's local credit transfer regulations for first-cycle courses and study programmes, second-cycle and third-cycle education.

Local credit transfer regulations at Mälardalen University Pdf, 316 kB. (In Swedish only)

A formal credit transfer does not always need to be done. In the following cases, you do not need to apply for credit transfer:

  • If you have completed courses at university level from a recognised Swedish higher education institution and if the current degree has scope for elective courses. Please note that studies abroad must always be credited, even if they are to be used as elective courses.
  • If you have completed courses at university level from another recognised Swedish higher education institution which belong to the same main field of study as the current degree.
  • If the course is already registered in Ladok at another higher education institution and will not be credited as a course at MDU as a compulsory component or similar.

A course or part of the course on which you have been credited cannot be included in your degree together with the course on which you based the credit transfer, as the credits cannot be counted twice. There may also be an overlap between previous qualifications and what has been credited.

Please note: If you apply for credit transfer of a course during the current or upcoming semester and have a mandatory roll-call, you must register, participate in the mandatory roll-call if there is one, and follow the course(s) you have applied to receive credited while the application is being processed (Applies mainly to those degree programme students with compulsory roll-call who wish to credit the first course of the programme).

How to apply for a credit transfer

New from 1 April 2022 is that the application for credit transfer is made in Ladok and not using a form, which will make the process easier. Log in to Ladok for students and follow the instructions.
Student web (ladok.se) External link.

You may only enter one course per application.

Attach the following documents to the application for credit transfer of a full course or part of a course:

  • Transcripts and certificates or course certificates of the academic studies at another higher education institution than MDU which you want to be accredited.
  • Course syllabus and list of references for the relevant courses from the semester when the course was taken.
  • Detailed account of knowledge and skills gained by you through professional activities if the application relates to professional activities.

Attach the following documents to the application for credit transfer of studies abroad:

  • Transcripts and certificates, official Transcript of Records and degree certificate from the foreign higher education institution.
  • Course syllabus and list of references for the relevant courses.
  • Possible programme syllabus for degree programme students.
  • Learning Agreement (Exchange students).
  • Documentation of the higher education institution's education and grading system.
  • You own description of the courses if there is no course syllabus.
  • Documentation of the semester division and credit system.

Translations of documents may be requested if the documents are issued in a language other than the Nordic languages, English or Finnish.

Those who do not have access to Ladok can still use the form that you can find here:

Application forms for credit transfer of studies

Supplementary qualifications and certificates

It is important that your application is complete. Original documents may have to be presented on request. If the University requests supplementary qualifications that are not submitted within two months, MDU will make a decision based on the existing documents.

Appeal

A decision on the rejection of an application for credit transfer may be appealed to the Higher Education Appeals Board (Överklagandenämnden för högskolan (ÖNH)).
More information about the Higher Education Appeals Board External link. Link to another website

Questions about credit transfers?

If you have any questions about credit transfers you may contact studenttorget@mdu.se
to get in touch with a study adviser at the School responsible for your study programme.

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