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Validation of knowledge and competence

If you have previous studies, vocational experience or other qualifications you wish to be recognized or documented, there are different options. Below you will find information about what validation is and how you can go about getting your previous experience and competence validated.

What is validation? 

Validation involves an assessment of your knowledge and competence.Through a validation process, you can find out if you can apply for Prior Learning for eligibility and/or qualifications that can be credited and used in a future degree. Together with a study counsellor, you can find out which further studies you need to take and which degree you may earn later on.

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Who can have their competence validated? 

  • Those who have a foreign education and want to complement with studies for the Swedish labour market. 
  • Those who have work experience but don´t have a certificate or diploma from a university. 
  • Employee who want to strengthen his position in the work place. 

Alternative selection

When you apply for university studies you can in exceptional cases be accepted via alternative selection. In order for an assessment to take place, you have to request this by sending an application for an assessment for a special selection. The application form and the documents you want to invoke must have been received by the admission department of Linnaeus University no later than the last day for application.

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Prior learning for eligibility/exception

Prior Learning is a way to become eligible if you lack the required formal qualification. The term Prior Learning refers to the overall, actual competence that an individual has. Prior Learning constitutes its own basis for eligibility for university education.  

You can apply to have your Prior Learning assessed. Such an assessment can be made both for basic eligibility and for special eligibility. Your knowledge and experience are evaluated to assess whether you have the corresponding qualifications and whether your overall competence is sufficient in relation to the requirements set by Linnaeus University and the education you have applied for.

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Credit transfer

If you have previous studies from a Swedish or foreign higher education institution, you can apply for the credits to be transferred to Linnaeus University. Even non-university education and vocational activities may be considered as knowledge and skills that can possibly be credited. Credit transfer is only possible for active students at Linnaeus University.

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