Accreditation is regulated by the University of Applied Sciences decree (1129/2014). Accreditation is the main term used to describe the approval of competence acquired through studies, practical training, leisure pursuits and e.g. civic activities by students as part of their degree or course (compulsory or optional studies). Such competence could have been acquired either before or during university of applied sciences studies. The different forms of accreditation are:
1) Accreditation from student exchange
- Accreditation from student exchange means transferring the credits completed in a partner university as part of the studies at KAMK
2) Substitution, inclusion
- Substitution means studies of an equivalent content and level, achieved elsewhere that the student can substitute for (mainly compulsory) studies belonging to the syllabus of the degree programme.
- Inclusion means the inclusion and accreditation of studies accomplished elsewhere in the degree programme (e.g. into the student’s optional or free-choice studies).
3) Recognition of previously acquired competence
What to do:
- The grade for courses accomplished elsewhere and accredited courses will be recorded with the grade that was given in the original certificate, together with the original place and date of accomplishment.
- If the course has been accomplished at Kajaani University of Applied Sciences in another School/Field, the grade the student received for the course is recorded (1-5 or Pass/Fail).
- In the partial accreditation of studies accomplished elsewhere: The teacher will provide an extra assignment covering a limited area that will supplement the course competences; the whole course will be assessed on a pass/fail basis or with a grade.
- Practical training: The student has completed a part of his/her practical training through another university of applied sciences and partially at Kajaani University of Applied Sciences; the assessment can be done in two parts: a numerical grade or pass/fail for the part accomplished through Kajaani University of Applied Sciences, and the other part achieved elsewhere will be awarded the grade.
- Language studies for a different professional field, of the same level and worth the same amount of credits accomplished in a different UAS or university require supplementary professional language studies in the required field of studies.
AHOT (Recognition of Previously Acquired Competence)
- Credits or accomplishments approved based on reports are recorded in the academic register using the given grade or on a pass/fail basis.
- Accreditation will require a supplementary accomplishment: the whole course will be assessed using the assessment/evaluation criteria pass/fail or a grade.
It is not possible to upgrade accredited courses. The Study Office will mark the grades in the student’s Transcript of Records. The student will be informed of the desicion by email.
The studies completed in another university of applied sciences can be accredited as part of the degree structure at KAMK. Please discuss about the course accreditation with the tutoring teacher or the study councelor. When applying for the accreditation, you need to submit a copy of the transcript of the Records from the previous studies and possibly also course descriptions. The application is made with an online application that can be found from intranet (Studying > Forms for Students).
Studies in an Open University of Applied Sciences
Studies accomplished in a university of applied sciences need to be accredited according to the accreditation procedure (substitution, inclusion). The grade will be transferred as such.
Free-choice Studies at KAMK
It is not necessary to apply for accreditation for free-choice studies completed at KAMK, but the courses should be suitable for the degree structure.