Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) refers to a set of practices and procedures that can be used to assess the prior learning of the student and to approve that learning as part of the student’s studies. Prior learning may be a result of the student’s earlier studies or it can have been acquired in some other manner.

The recognition of prior learning is based on the correspondence between the applicant’s competencies and the content and level of the pursued degree and its components, as defined in the learning outcomes.

Applying for recognition of prior learning

You must apply for RPL in the unit that is responsible for the teaching. The faculties and other teaching units have specifying guidelines for RPL. Therefore, contact your study coordinator or responsible teacher before submitting your application.

Application for RPL can be found at the UEF e-services. If you cannot access the e-services, contact your study coordinator for further instructions.

The decision will be given to you in writing. If you are not satisfied with the decision, you have the right to apply for rectification.

Terminology

  • Recognition of prior learning (RPL) refers to a set of practices and procedures than can be used to assess the prior learning of the student and to approve that learning as part of the student’s studies.
  • Identification refers to the assessment of prior learning in its different forms.
  • Recognition refers to the procedure by which a course, credit transfer or part of the above are entered in the student’s study register on the basis of his or her prior learning.
  • Credit transfer refers to the recognition of studies, training, work experience or other similar competence as part of the student’s pursued degree, study module or course. The forms of credit transfer are inclusion and substitution. Credit transfer is based on the learning outcomes defined in the curriculum.
  • Inclusion refers to the approval of a course or a study module completed in some other educational institution in the degree as such.
  • Substitution of studies means that a course or a study module included in the student’s curriculum is replaced with a course or a study module of a corresponding content and level, or on the basis of other competence.
  • RPL demonstration is a way for the student to demonstrate his or her prior learning in a manner than can be evaluated. An RPL demonstration is used when credit transfer by direct substitution is not possible, or when the recognition of the student’s prior learning otherwise calls for a separate evaluation, i.e. demonstration of prior learning.

Instructions and contact information

For e-mails and telephone numbers, see UEF contacts directory.

Student and Learning Services

Tommi Haapaniemi, UEF RPL Coordinator
Anne Litja, OODI and Credit transfer
Silja Pesonen, OODI and Credit transfer
Kati Tiihonen, OODI and Credit transfer

Philosophical faculty

Minna Surakka

Faculty of Science and Forestry

Faculty of Health Sciences

Pirjo Lindstöm-Seppä

Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies

Ulla Turunen
Riitta Sinkkonen

Language Centre

Maija Sulkakoski

Library

Helena Silvennoinen Kuikka

The Student Union of the UEF

Mikko Aaltonen (koso[at]isyy.fi)

Further information