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Credit transfer

What is credit transfer?

If you have completed any degree programme elements (courses) previously, you may be eligible for credit transfer. Credit transfer will be awarded if the study board of your programme considers your previously acquired skills to be equivalent to skills students will acquire in specific courses of the programme. If you are awarded credit transfer, you cannot take the course in question and this may therefore shorten the time you need to study at Aalborg University. 

Mandatory Credit transfer

If you have acquired skills at a similar level and with similar content through previously uncompleted study activities, you must inform Aalborg University of this when you apply for admission to a Bachelor’s or Master’s programme at Aalborg University. You must apply for credit transfer at the same time. 

How to apply

Bachelor’s programmes

If you wish to apply for enrolment on the third semester or later semesters of a study programme because you expect to have credit transferred for the entire first year of study, you must apply for enrolment through the application portal. This application procedure is called ‘enrolment’.

If you are uncertain whether you are eligible for credit transfer for the entire first year of the study programme, we recommend that you both apply for admission to the first year of the study programme (via www.optagelse.dk) and apply for enrolment on the third semester or later semesters of the study programme (via the application portal). We kindly ask you to inform us of this in your enclosures.

Master's programmes

If you wish to apply for enrolment on the second or third year of a master programme because you expect to have credit transferred for the entire first year of study, you must apply for enrolment through the application portal. This application procedure is called ‘enrolment’.

If you are uncertain whether you are eligible for credit transfer for the entire first year of the Master's programme, we recommend that you both apply for admission to the first year of the study programme (also via the application portal; however, note that that the procedure is different from admission) as wells as for enrolment into the second year.

The Danish application portal does not accept applications after the application deadline. If you have already applied, and it turns out that you must apply through a different application procedure, you will not be able to re-apply once the deadline has expired.

Required documentation 

An application for credit transfer must always consist of a brief explanation and include documentation in the form of a copy of your study journal and a copy of the curriculum of your previous studies. The application for credit transfer must be included as an appendix to your application for admission to a study programme, and you must upload it when completing your application for admission to a  Bachelor’s or Master’s programme. 

Response to your credit transfer applications

The Admissions Office will forward your application for credit transfer to the study board of the programme in question; the study board will then assess your application. You will not be notified of the result of the credit transfer assessment until late in the application process, possibly after your application for admission has been processed. 

Admission requirements still apply 

As a rule, if credit transfer is awarded, applicants must still meet the formal admission requirements of the study programme in order to be admitted, i.e. Danish proficiency for Danish-taught programmes and English proficiency for English-taught programmes. You will find the admission requirements in the detailed descriptions of AAU study programmes.

Programmes at AAU

No guaranteed study place

If you meet the admission requirements and are awarded credit transfer, you still cannot be certain that you will receive an offer of a study place. Most study places at programmes with restricted admission will be offered to students in their first year of the Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes. Only few places are available in the semesters following the first year of programmes with restricted admission.

assessment before you apply

If you wish to know whether you may be eligible for credit transfer before you apply for admission to a study programme, you may request a credit transfer assessment. Check the website of the study programme to see whether the programme offers credit transfer assessments in advance. However, please note that most programmes at Aalborg University only process applications for credit transfer from students who are already admitted. If you would like to have an indication of your opportunities for credit transfer, you can also contact the student counsellor of the programme. Please note that only the study board can make a formal credit transfer assessment – a student counsellor can merely inform you of the general guidelines for credit transfer. 

AAU students studying abroad 

If you already are a student at AAU and you plan to study abroad, you may be eligible for credit transfer. It may be a good idea to apply for pre-approval of credit transfer. Successfully completed programme elements that have been pre-approved will replace the course(s) of your AAU study programme for which you were awarded pre-approved credit transfer. This means that a pre-approved stay abroad will not extend your studies at AAU. When you return from your stay abroad, you must forward documentation for having completed the programme elements.

When you apply for pre-approval of credit transfer, you must include a study plan proposal for your stay abroad. If your study board has granted you pre-approved credit transfer for a course which is later cancelled, you should select an alternative course, and your study board may be able to award the pre-approved credit transfer for this instead.

AAU students studying at Danish universities

If you are already a student at AAU and you plan to enrol in a minor subject (gymnasiesidefag) or an elective subject at another university in Denmark, please note that the study board of your current programme at AAU must pre-approve of studies at another university. 

Appeals against credit transfer 

If you disagree with the study board’s decision regarding your application for credit transfer, you may submit an appeal to the University’s Credit Appeals Board (credit transfers based on study activities from Danish institutions) or the Qualifications Board (credit transfers based on non-Danish study activities). You will find detailed information on when and how you may submit an appeal in the letter you have received from your study board informing you of their decision.