Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Previous studies or competence otherwise achieved may be recognised at the University of Jyväskylä. The recognition of prior learning (RPL) must always be based on documented proof.
  • Credit completion based on RPL may take the form of substitution of studies or inclusion of  studies in the degree. Substitution means that a University study unit is recorded in the student’s transcript of records as having been compensated by another. Inclusion means that a completed study unit or entity is accepted as part of the degree as such.
  • Studies already included or to be included in another university degree cannot be approved for substitutive studies, excluding corresponding language and communication studies. Parts of a Bachelor’s degree cannot be recognised for a Master’s degree. However, study entities which form a qualification can be included in the degree and they can be marked in the degree certificate even if they have been part of an earlier higher education degree. In this case, they will not be counted in the minimum extent of the degree to be completed.
  • RPL requires that the recognised studies or competence correspond to the learning outcomes of those studies that are being compensated.
  • No more than half of the extent of a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree awarded by the University of Jyväskylä may be compensated by previous studies or competence otherwise acquired. The proportion of recognisable studies may, however, be greater, if they have been completed at a Finnish university and if a major part of such studies may be included in the degree.
  • A Master’s/Licentiate thesis or a Doctoral dissertation cannot be compensated for by a previously approved thesis.
  • The University Language Centre decides on the recognition of prior learning in language and communication studies.
  • Studies completed  at an international host institution by outgoing exchange students will be fully recognised in the students’ degrees; please arrange an appointment with the International Coordinator of the Faculty.
  • The Study Advisors of the Departments help with RPL matters.