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Credit Transfer from Previously Completed Studies (AHOT)

This page contains information on credit transfer from previously completed studies, also known as AHOT.

General information

Credit from studies completed at another Finnish or foreign university or institution (formal learning) can be transferred towards a degree being completed at the University of Tampere. Competence obtained by means other than formal education can also be recognised as part of a degree (informal and non-formal learning). The credit transfer scheme and process are nationally referred to as recognition of prior learning (AHOT).

You can apply for credit from studies completed elsewhere to be transferred towards a degree at the University of Tampere, provided that the studies align with the objectives of your degree. The two optional means of credit transfer are inclusion and substitution. You can include studies in your degree as elective studies and you can use studies completed elsewhere to substitute for University of Tampere studies of an equivalent content and level.

Credit for the studies will be transferred towards your degree as fully as possible. The requirement is that the studies are not and will not be included in another degree. Under certain conditions, studies can be used for two degrees. (Section 25 of the University of Tampere Regulations on Degrees).

If you have accumulated numerous study attainments elsewhere, some of them can be used for substitution and others can be included in your degree.

More information on credit transfer is provided in the University of Tampere Regulations on Degrees (Section 25), the General faculty regulations on degrees and the Teaching Council policy on AHOT procedures at the University of Tampere, for example.

Resolving your credit transfer arrangements immediately at the beginning of your studies is an important part of study planning.

In addition, please see Faculty-specific instructions on credit transfer.

Credit transfer through substitution

Substitution is feasible if

  • the studies completed elsewhere are covered by your degree programme or some other degree programme;
  • the level, scope and learning outcomes of the previous studies are sufficiently similar.

The substitutions must be applied for from each degree programme separately in accordance with the instructions provided. Please check the practices of each relevant degree programme.

Credit transfer through inclusion

Inclusion is feasible if:

  • the content of the studies does not match the curriculum of any University of Tampere degree programme or any separate study module;
  • you do not intend to continue studying the field in question at the University of Tampere; or
  • you would like to incorporate your previous studies into your degree directly for other reasons (such as individual cross-institutional studies in another discipline).

Language studies

More information on credit transfer from language studies can be found in the Language Centre’s instructions.

Studies completed abroad

Details are provided in the section Credit transfer from studies completed abroad.

Open University studies

Credits from courses and study modules completed as Open University studies after 1 January 1990 in accordance with the University of Tampere curriculum are automatically transferred to the study register of a student enrolled at the University, meaning that diplomas for these studies do not need to be presented to the faculty separately.

Studies at universities of applied sciences

Credit transfer is possible from both complete and incomplete studies taken at universities of applied sciences. The most important consideration is that such studies meet the learning outcomes of the studies towards which the credit is to be transferred. (see the Rector’s decision on the Intranet.)

Competence obtained by means other than formal education

Competence can also be gained through non-formal learning (continuing education, adult education) and informal learning (work or hobbies, positions of trust). Competence acquired through these channels must also meet the learning outcomes of the studies to be substituted, and applicants will be required to demonstrate their competence (e.g. work certificate, diploma, portfolio, publication or other written document) for the purpose of evaluation. Students may also be required to prove their proficiency by writing a paper, or taking a written or oral exam or an interview, to name a few examples.

Transitioning directly to a master’s degree

Students who have already completed a suitable higher education degree and who have received a right to study for both a bachelor’s and master’s degree can apply for the right to be converted to focus directly on the master’s degree. In this context, the student will also relinquish his/her right to study for the bachelor’s degree.

Please see faculty-specific instructions on the page Transitioning directly to master’s degree studies (in Finnish).


A student who is dissatisfied with a credit transfer decision may request rectification either orally or in writing. Rectification must be requested from the party that made the credit transfer decision within 14 days of being informed of the decision (University of Tampere Regulations on Degrees, Section 27).