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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.

To get your credit transfer reviewed, you must be a student at MDU.

The University will arrange a credit transfer for previous studies, on the condition that there are no major differences between this and the education you wish to have your studies accredited towards.

  • A credit transfer during ongoing studies will affect how many higher education credits you should study and may affect your right to student finance. For example, if you were admitted to 30 credits in the current semester and will get a credit transfer of 10 credits from a previous education, then you will just need to study 20 credits this semester. As a student, you are responsible for notifying CSN (The Swedish Board of Student Finance) of any changes in your study situation.

    For more information about student finance and credit transfer please contact CSN. External link.

  • If you get a credit transfer for part of your education, such as a course or module, you are not entitled to participate in that part of the education. This means that you cannot attend lectures, participate in exercises or do examinations linked to the course or module for which you have received a credit transfer.

  • No grade will be applied on accreditation as no new examination has taken place. If you get a credit transfer for parts of a course, it may affect your chances of obtaining a higher grade (for example a pass with credit) on the entire course.

  • An approved credit transfer decision cannot be withdrawn, removed or appealed.

  • Courses and study programmes which lead to the same qualification often have different set-ups at other higher education institutions. The fact that you have studied semesters 1 to 3 of a programme at a previous university does not mean that you automatically can start in semester 4 at MDU.

  • You cannot include courses that you have taken and what these courses have been accredited for in the same degree. For example, if you apply for a credit transfer for previously completed courses 1, 2, 3 to be accredited as MDU’s courses A, B, C you may not include all six courses in your degree.

  • MDU will not give advance notice of a credit transfer.

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

  • You can also apply to get a credit transfer for an unfinished course towards another whole or part of a course.

  • In addition, credit transfers may be given on other an education or professional activities. Previous professional or vocational experience, i.e. your actual expertise can in some cases be accredited, for instance the placement module (VFU) in the teacher education.

  • Please note that exchanges and studies abroad should always be accredited.


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

  • If the course is already registered in Ladok at another higher education institution and will not be credited as a compulsory course at MDU. Compulsory courses are part of the Nursing or Teacher Education programmes for example.

An application for a credit transfer at Bachelor’s and Master’s level is done in Ladok.

Log into Ladok for students External link. and follow the instructions.

  • Step 1 - Specify the reason for the credit transfer, that is, what you want to have accredited. Please remember that you can only specify one course as a matter per case. If you apply to have several courses accredited, you must create a new case for each course you want to apply for.

    Based on the content of the course, you must provide details about what you think the course you've taken previously corresponds to and find a suitable course you can credit it towards. Then enter the course and course code that you want to accredit, for example “Thesis and method” - FOA123. On the Find your syllabus page you can search for a course with help of a course title or course code.

    The course syllabus must also be attached to the case so it is a good idea to save it as a PDF on your computer, see Step 3 below.

  • Step 2 - Specify which course you want to accredit, that is, your previous qualifications that you have completed that you want to use as a basis for your credit transfer. Several courses or parts of components can form the basis for your credit transfer but can only be accredited as one course per case.

  • Step 3 - Add your attachments such as a course syllabus/course description, reading list, Official Transcript of Records, etc., as a PDF. Please remember to attach the course syllabus from the semester at the time when you studied the course and the course syllabus for the course that you want the credit transfer to be applied towards.

  • Step 4 - Explain the purpose of your credit transfer and you may submit a note for the Administrative Officer here.

    State why you want to have a credit transfer for the course and why you believe that the courses and the various components correspond to one another.

    If you apply for several credit transfers at the same time or if the matter is very urgent, it is a good idea to write this in this step.

    For example: I believe that course A, component 1 has the same content as course B, component 1 because... ... I am also applying for more credit transfers and will start my Master's/Master’s programme this autumn or spring and as soon as this credit transfer is completed, I intend to apply for my Bachelor’s degree to become eligible for the education I have been admitted to with certain conditions, see attached admission decision. I would therefore be grateful if this matter can be dealt with promptly.


Please note that you can only apply for one credit transfer per course per application.

If you are admitted to a course or programme at MDU, keep track of when the registration for them opens, after which it is possible to apply for a credit transfer via Ladok.

For application about credit transfer at third-cycle level:

Follow the directions on this page and apply via the provided form.


Upload your documents as a PDF in connection with your application in Ladok.

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

  • Transcripts of records or course certificate of studies at another higher education institution than MDU for which you want to be accredited (if this is not stated in Ladok).

  • Course syllabuses and a list of references for the relevant courses from the semester when the course was taken.


Attach the following documents to the application for a credit transfer regarding exchanges or studies abroad:

  • Official Transcript of Records and a degree certificate from the foreign higher education institution.

  • Course syllabuses and a list of references for the relevant courses.

  • A programme syllabus for degree programme students.
    Your own description of the courses if there is no course syllabus.

  • Documentation of the education and the breakdown of semesters as well as the credit and grading system.

  • Learning Agreement (exchange).


All original documents must be attached in their original language and in English if you have studied courses abroad.

Attach the following documents to the application for a credit transfer regarding professional activities:

A detailed account of knowledge and skills gained by you through professional activities if the application relates to professional activities.

  • A certificate of employment.

  • A self-assessment form.

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

It is important that your application is complete. If the University requests supplementary documents, the supplementary qualification must be attached as a PDF in the email and sent back.

If the supplementary qualification does not arrive within the specified time, MDU will decide based on the existing documents, which may result in a rejection of the application. Original documents may have to be presented on request.


A decision on the rejection of an application for credit transfer may be appealed to the Higher Education Appeals Board (Överklagandenämnden för högskolan - ÖNH).


The rules for credit transfer can be found in MDU's local credit transfer regulations for first-cycle (Bachelor’s) courses and study programmes, second-cycle (Master’s) and third-cycle education.

There may be overlapping content between previous qualifications and what can be accredited. Both courses cannot be included in the degree. If there is overlapping content, deductions will be made with corresponding higher education credits.


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.