Recognition of prior learning

KTH recognises that knowledge and skills can be acquired from a wide range of learning experiences, both formal and informal. Previous studies or professional experience may qualify you for studies or enable you to finish your studies earlier.

Prior learning

Recognition of prior learning at KTH means mapping and assessing your knowledge and skills in relation to one of the Bachelor’s or Master’s level programmes at KTH. KTH also offers assessment for prospective students, that is, for those who intend to apply for one of KTH’s programmes and have already acquired knowledge and skills relevant to the programme content.

Are you interested in studies at KTH but lack formal qualifications? If you can demonstrate your ability to succeed in your studies, KTH may in some cases grant an exemption or assess your prior learning, which means that you have acquired the skills necessary through experiences other than the specific courses stated in the requirements for the programme.

Claim recognition of prior learning when applying for a programme

If you wish to have your prior learning assessed when applying for a study programme on www.universityadmissions.se  you need to check the formal admission requirements carefully, and then upload the following documents to your application account:

  • A personal letter marked ”Application for assessment of prior learning” where you describe how and when you acquired the necessary skills needed for the programme.
  • Documentation to support your claims. Supporting documentation may consist of, for example, a letter from a previous employer stating what position you held, what tasks you performed and which skills these tasks required. You could also submit grades, report cards, course certificates, curriculums etc.

KTH will make an overall assessment of your prior learning, including relevant studies and/or professional experience. If you only have little or no documentation to support your claims, you need to be very specific in your own description of your prior learning.

Pre-screening

If you are planning to apply for studies at KTH and believe you may have your prior learning recognized but need to plan for possible additional studies in case of having your application denied, you may apply for a pre-screening. KTH may be able to process such applications if time allows and under certain periods during the academic year. Applications may take a long time to process, so make sure you submit your application well in advance.

Study the formal admission requirements of your chosen programme carefully and then send the following documents to info@kth.se .

  • A personal letter marked ”Application for assessment of real competency” where you describe how and when you acquired the necessary skills needed for the programme.
  • Documentation to support your claims. Supporting documentation may consist of, for example, a letter from a previous employer stating what position you held, what tasks you performed and which skills these tasks required. You could also submit grades, report cards, course certificates, curriculums etc.

Preliminary decision for credit transfer

Professional experience or previous studies that are relevant to the programme you are planning to apply for may be recognised for credit transfer.

If you would like a preliminary decision on the possibility of a credit transfer, the first step is to do a self-evaluation. Check the programme syllabus and course syllabi for the programme on the KTH website and compare them to your previous studies or work experience. Focus on the intended learning outcome for each course when you describe, in writing, what you know and how you learned it.

Once you have completed your self-evaluation, send it with any supporting documentation you may have, professional and/or academic, ideally including syllabi, with a personal letter to info@kth.se .

Documentation from university studies in another country

Find out what is required regarding academic documentation from the country where you have studied.

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