Guidelines for applying for recognition of entire courses

1. Definition

1.1 Recognition of an entire course

Recognition of an entire course means that a course from another educational provider which corresponds to a specific course in the programme can be used as part of a Chalmers degree. The course which is stated on the degree certificate is the one the student has actually attended.
Courses from other educational providers can also be recognised as elective courses.
1.2 Recognition of part of a course

Recognition of part of a course is decided by the examiner for that course and is not dealt with further in this document.

2. Conditions regarding recognition of Swedish education

Higher education regulations (SFS 1993:100), Chap. 6

§ 6 If a student at a university in Sweden has followed a specific higher education course and passed, the student is entitled to include this as a higher education course at another university. This does not apply, however, if there is a considerable difference between the courses.
The same rule applies to students who have taken a specific course and passed:
1. at a university or other educational establishment for higher education in Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Norway or at an institution which is part of the European Council's convention of 11 April 1997 regarding recognition of higher education certificates in the European area (SÖ 2001:46) or
2. at the Nordic School of Public Health. Regulations (2006:1053).
§ 7 A student has the right to include another course from that referred to in § 6, if the knowledge and skills the student refers to are of a similar nature and of a similar scope that they essentially correspond to the course which they are intending to include. A student can also include corresponding knowledge and skills which have been acquired via work experience. Regulations (2006:1053).
§ 8 The university should check whether previous education or work can be accepted for recognition.
Only the student has the option of recognition in the absence of a provision to the contrary in the law or regulations. Regulations (2010:1064).

3. Conditions regarding recognition of foreign education

 If any of the following conditions are fulfilled, the foreign education looking to be recognised can be seen as having acceptable quality:
  • It is state-run, state-recognised or offered under the supervision of the state. Universities should be present in the WHED database (World Higher Education Database).

  • It is recognised by a regional authority which has been commissioned by the state to recognise courses.

  • It is recognised by an organisation which has been commissioned by the state to accredit courses or by an accrediting organisation which is generally accepted.
Otherwise the university must, where appropriate, follow UHR's (Swedish Council for Higher Education) regulations regarding so-called acceptable standards in relation to the regulations for study grants.
The student must provide a certificate from the foreign educational institution which demonstrates the studies' scope over a study period that can be translated to the Swedish credits system.

4. Exam requirements/Grading

In order for the recognition to be verified, the applicant must be able to provide documentation which shows that the student has been examined in courses (or equivalent) with the minimum pass.
Recognition of entire courses is not assessed by Chalmers.

5. Preliminary ruling

Concerns bachelor level

Students who have applied to later parts of a Chalmers programme will be given a preliminary ruling. A preliminary ruling cannot be appealed against and is not valid as a decision. The assessments in the ruling are preliminary and non-binding.

6. Application

Application for recognition should be done via a form:

The applicant must ensure the application is complete.

6.1 Documentation required for applying for recognition

The following documents should be attached to the application for recognition of previous studies:
  • Your transcript of records must be attached and the original must be provided and produced on request. 
  • Course syllabi which show the level of the course(s), the number of credits or equivalent, the course's learning objectives and the assessment procedure for students' performance, or any other corresponding study documentation.

6.2 For application for recognition of foreign courses, the following also applies:

  • Documents which describe how many credits correspond to one year's full-time study in Sweden (60 credits). It should also be clear from the documents when the academic year begins and ends, how many terms the academic year is divided into as well as how many weeks each term has.
  • Original copies of foreign documents should be submitted with translations into Swedish or English by authorized translators (does not apply to documents in Norwegian, Danish or English). Chalmers pay for the translation of the course syllabi for students going to a university in Chalmers exchange programmes. Free Mover students pay themselves for the translation of all documents.
  • Any verdict from the UHR (Swedish Council for Higher Education) or other authority which has made an assessment relating to identification or authorisation should be attached.

6.3 Incomplete applications will not be processed

7. Regarding the decision

7.1 The decision regarding recognition is regulated by the decision for more effective final exams, registration number
C 2009/1310. The decision regarding recognition is delegated to competent educational secretaries.
7.2 Recognition is decided by the respective college/university and a decision regarding recognition is only valid at Chalmers.

8. Appeal

Any student at Chalmers who considers themselves to have been wronged or unfairly treated can complain about the decision taken. Complaints must be submitted in writing and handed to the university's registrar at the latest three weeks after the date the decision was communicated. In the case of such a complaint, the decision will first be reviewed at the same level as when the decision was taken. If the decision is not changed in the way the student wishes, the complaint will then be referred to the committee described in the Disciplinary statute for students at Chalmers University of Technology AB. The committee will ensure that the matter is investigated to the necessary extent and make a decision after all presentations have been heard. In terms of voting or quorums, the rules in the Disciplinary statute will apply.
The student may appeal against the committee's decision to Chalmers University of Technology AB's board of directors. The appeal should be made in writing and handed to the university at the latest three weeks after the date on which the appeal decision was communicated.

Published: Tue 29 Sep 2020.