What is studification?

The aim of work studification is to combine work and education in a flexible and agile way. Concrete job content becomes part of your university of applied sciences learning and this learning is transferred directly to your work place.

Studification is directly bound to your studies and the credits you accomplish for your degree. In practice, this means that students can earn a salary and credits at the same time at work.  Studification also means learning accomplished during projects and voluntary work.

The studification of work, projects or voluntary work is based on the competence objectives of your studies and how these are achieved at work, in a project or in voluntary work. The University of Applied Sciences must define the competence objectives so clearly and in a work place oriented way that both the student and working life can make the connection between the competence objectives and the competences acquired at work.

To gain the most benefit from studification, students must discuss the matter with their teacher and potential employer before starting work or when at work. In this way, a plan can be drawn up between the student, teacher and employer, of the work tasks or competence requirements from the perspective of the university of applied sciences, so that the student gains credits according to the requirements of the studies. In addition to the plan, a three-party negotiation with the employer to discuss the so called ‘rules of the game’ is held.

Studification can be embedded in the students’ career plans during their studies, so that competence development can be planned more extensively than in terms of just a few courses.

The topics and subjects that a student can studify are decided on a case by case basis and they depend on the student’s degree and field of study. In some cases studification is personalized, which means that the degree curriculum does not contain a ready-made course. The competence objectives are defined separately as studified courses. (For example, competence gained from working in a cooperative within business administration)

The thesis cannot be studified through paid work although the thesis topic is often obtained from a place of work or practical training.​

Process

  1. You must be employed in a place of work, project or voluntary work.
  2. If you think that you may be able to achieve learning outcomes when at work, please check which courses you need to complete from your study curriculum and examine their learning outcomes.
  3. Please fill in the “Work Studification Plan”. This form is for planning studies when students complete courses in their work place (as salaried employees) or in a work place-related project.  The form helps students to translate learning outcomes into concrete work tasks, i.e. jobs and tasks at work that enable students to practise study-related competences.
  4. If you think this type of studying may suit you, contact the teacher responsible for the course for a discussion. There must be a shared understanding between the teacher and the student concerning the expected learning outcomes and how the expected competences can be observed in your work. The teacher has the right to decide whether the course can be accomplished through work studification.
  5. Once you have discussed the issue with the course teacher, also discuss it with a representative of your work place and make an agreement (parties: you, work place representative and your teacher). The Work Studification Agreement form must be completed before you start working. If you are already working, the studification period can start after the agreement has been signed.
  6.  You work and learn, collected materials which help you to show your learning outcomes to your teacher.
  7.  After an agreed period of time you will be expected to demonstrate the compentences you have acquired as set out in the above agreement.
  8. If you are successful and pass the course, your teacher will give you a grade.