Credit Recognition Bachelor's Degree

RULES FOR THE RECOGNITION AND TRANSFER OF CREDITS IN OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY DEGREE COURSES OF THE EUHT CETT UB

These indications are in accordance with the "Regulations for the adaptation, recognition and transfer of credits in official Bachelor's and Master's degree courses at the University of Barcelona", approved by the Academic Committee of the Governing Council on June 2022.

 

CHAPTER I: GENERAL PROVISIONS

Article 1. Subject matter

The purpose of these regulations is to regulate the procedure and criteria for the adaptation, recognition and transfer of credits applicable to undergraduate degree courses at the EUHT CETT UB.

Inter-university courses are governed by the provisions of the agreements signed and, failing this, by the criteria of the coordinating university.

Article 2. Definitions

Adaptation: it consists of establishing the equivalence between the subjects and/or credits of a degree or study plan that is being phased out, passed at the same university, and the subjects or credits of the new degree or study plan that replaces it. Equivalent subjects are considered to be recognised or passed in the new degree or study plan.

Validation: it consists of recognising subjects, subjects or credits obtained in another official university course taken in a foreign university, whether or not they have led to the award of a degree, and which are included in the student's transcript for the purpose of obtaining an official degree.

Recognition: it is the acceptance by the University of Barcelona of credits obtained in other official university courses previously taken and passed at the University of Barcelona or at another Spanish university, and which are added to the student's transcript for the purpose of obtaining an official qualification other than the course from which they were obtained.

It may also consist of the acceptance of credits obtained in non-university higher education, non-official university education, professional experience, institutional activities or other academic activities of a teaching nature organised by the university, and which are incorporated into the student's record for the purpose of obtaining an official degree.

In this procedure, credits corresponding to senior capstone project cannot be recognised, with the exception of those specifically developed within a mobility programme.

Transfer of credits: it consists of including, in all the official academic documents accrediting the courses taken by the student, all the credits obtained in official university courses taken previously (at the University of Barcelona or at another university), provided that they have not led to the award of an official qualification and have not been subject to recognition.

 

CHAPTER 2. ADAPTATION OF STUDIES DUE TO THE EXTINCTION OF THE DEGREE OR THE CURRICULUM

Article 3. Degree extinction

In accordance with the University of Barcelona's Regulations on the extinction of degrees and syllabuses, the elimination of degrees or syllabuses must be progressive and must guarantee the right of students to complete their studies in the conditions in which they began them. Therefore, students can choose between continuing their studies within the framework of the curriculum they started or adapting to the new curriculum.

Article 4. Adaptation of studies

If students opt to adapt to the new study plan, the credits corresponding to equivalent studies taken in a degree that has already expired or is in the process of expiry, can be declared equivalent or can be recognised in the new degree that replaces the previous one, in application of the equivalence and recognition table provided for in the applicable regulations and included in the verification report of the new study plan.

Article 5. Procedure and decision

5.1 The student must apply for adaptation to the new degree or study plan within the deadlines and periods established by the faculty or school. The resolution corresponds to the Degree’s Director.

5.2 The credits declared equivalent or recognised are incorporated into the new academic transcript with the grade obtained in the extinct study plan.

 

CHAPTER 3. RECOGNITION OF CREDITS IN BACHELOR'S DEGREE PROGRAMMES

Article 6. Recognition of credits obtained in official undergraduate university studies.

6.1 Credits obtained in official university degree courses previously taken at the University of Barcelona, or at any other university, may be recognised. In this procedure, credits corresponding to the final dissertation cannot be recognised. The senior capstone project is only recognised if it has been specifically developed in a mobility programme in the same degree programme.

6.2 Between degrees in the same field of knowledge, up to the totality of the basic training credits are subject to recognition. At least the basic training credits linked to the same field of knowledge as the degree must be recognised.

When the basic training passed in the previous studies is not in accordance with the knowledge, competences and skills associated with the basic training subjects of the new education, the coordination of studies, together with the student, may agree on the recognition of other credits of the degree.

6.3 The remaining subjects and subjects between degrees in the same field of knowledge or in different fields are recognised on the basis of the academic and training coherence of the knowledge, competences and skills that define the subjects or subjects to be recognised with respect to those existing in the syllabus of the degree to which access is sought.

Article 7. Recognition of credits obtained in university studies corresponding to the system prior to the EHEA.

Those who hold an official Spanish degree in architecture, engineering, engineering degree, diploma, technical architecture or technical engineering who wish to access official degree courses may obtain credit recognition on the basis of the academic and training coherence of the knowledge, competences and skills of the previous degree. Under no circumstances may the final degree project be recognised.

Article 8. Recognition of credits taken in non-official university courses

8.1 Credits taken in non-official university courses (in-house or lifelong learning) may be recognised, provided that the knowledge, competences and skills of the subjects and subjects of both curricula are appropriate and that this possibility has been stated in the verification report.

8.2 The maximum number of credits from non-official university studies that may be recognised may not exceed 15% of the total number of credits of the syllabus being studied by the student. If credits are also recognised for work and professional experience, this maximum 15% includes both recognitions.

8.3 In accordance with the provisions of article 10.6 of RD 822/2021, a percentage of more than 15 % may be recognised, up to the total number of credits from non-official university studies (except for the final degree project), provided that the degree itself has been terminated and replaced by the official degree in which the credits are recognised.

8.4 Recognised credits do not have a numerical grade and, therefore, do not count towards the average mark on the student's academic transcript. Exceptionally, when the degree has been extinguished due to the implementation of the official degree, the recognised credits incorporate the numerical grade and, therefore, are included in the calculation of the average mark of the student's academic transcript. Article 9. Recognition of credits for work and professional experience

9.1 Work and professional experience, provided that it is related to the knowledge, competences and skills of the degree the student is studying, may be recognised when this possibility has been stated in the verification report.

9.2 The maximum number of credits that may be recognised on the basis of professional or work experience may not exceed 15% of the total number of credits of the syllabus being studied by the student. If credits taken in non-official university studies are also recognised, this maximum 15% includes both recognitions.

9.3 Recognised credits do not have a numerical grade and, therefore, do not count towards the average mark of the student's academic record.

 

Procedure for applying for professional recognition

 

Article 10. Recognition of credits taken in official non-university higher education courses

10.1 Training attained in higher vocational education and training, higher technician in plastic arts and design, higher sports technician and degree in artistic education can be recognised if the studies have been completed. However, partial studies may also be recognised, provided that they are officially accredited in ECTS credits.

10.2 The credits recognised for training attained in higher vocational training courses may not exceed 25% of the credits of the syllabus or curriculum of the degree to be studied.

10.3 In order to be eligible for recognition, foreign qualifications must have been recognised as equivalent to one of the official Spanish higher education qualifications, in accordance with the regulations applicable in each case.

10.4 Recognised credits do not have a numerical grade and, therefore, do not count towards the average mark of the student's academic record.

- Recognition of credits from CFGS in the Degree in Tourism.

- Recognition of credits from CFGS in Culinary and Gastronomic Sciences Degree.

- Recognition of credits of CFGS in Digital Business and Innovation in Tourism

 

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Procedure for applying for academic recognition

 

Article 11. Credit recognition for participation in institutional university activities

11.1 For participation in university cooperation, solidarity, cultural, sporting or student representation activities, a minimum of six credits and up to a maximum of twelve credits are recognised as optional credits, according to what has been stated in the degree's verification report.

11.2 The activities subject to academic recognition are the following:

  • Activities organized by UB central services or UB Group entities.
  • University institutional activities organised by other universities.
  • Student representation activities in the cases of elected and active members of departmental councils, study councils, faculty boards, delegated commissions of boards, University Senate, Governing Council, delegated commissions of the Governing Council, governing councils of senior colleges, Student Council and its permanent and delegated commissions.
  • Institutional activities organised by the centre (own or affiliated).

11.3 These activities must have been carried out during the same period in which the student is studying, except in the case of institutional or university activities carried out in the summer immediately prior to the academic year in which the student takes the UB bachelor's degree.

11.4 Subjects taken at other universities under a mobility programme (not included in the academic agreement) are understood as university institutional activities and may also be eligible for recognition by obtaining academic recognition.

11.5 The Academic Committee of the Governing Council (CACG) annually approves the list of UB central services and UB Group entities that may offer university institutional activities that may be recognized by the faculties and schools in order to obtain the academic recognition established in article 10.9 of RD 822/2021. The academic committee of the UB-specific or affiliated centre, or the body to which it delegates, shall approve the activities organised by the centre that are eligible for academic recognition.

11.6 The equivalence of these university institutional activities is set at 1 credit for every 25 hours of student dedication. In the case of languages, the ECTS equivalence in face-to-face hours must be the same for the Language Services, the School of Modern Languages and Hispanic Studies, being set at one third of what is used in formal teaching. In the case of student representation, it is recognised at the rate of 1.5 credits for each term of office and body or committee, provided that at least 80% of the sessions are attended.

11.7 UB shall publicise the activities that are eligible for academic recognition, both the activities organised by the centre and the list of UB central services and UB Group entities that organise activities eligible for recognition, as approved in advance by the CACG.

11.8 For the purposes of calculating the academic recognition of credits that can be counted as optional credits in the Bachelor's degree for participation in university institutional activities of a cultural, sporting, student representation, solidarity or cooperation nature, the double degree itinerary is considered as a single course.

 

CHAPTER 4. TRANSFER OF CREDITS

Article 12. Transfer of credits

12.1 The transfer of credits consists of including, in the student's academic transcript and in all official academic documents, the courses studied by the student and the credits obtained in official courses previously studied at the University of Barcelona or at any other Spanish university, provided that they have not led to the award of an official degree and have not been subject to recognition.

12.2 Only credits obtained in previous official university studies are transferred if the student has applied for recognition or if he/she expressly requests the transfer of credits. When the student expresses the wish to take concurrent courses of study, credits obtained in previous official courses of study that have not led to the award of a degree shall not be transferred.

12.3 Transferred credits are not considered for the purpose of calculating the credits to be passed in order to obtain the official degree, nor when calculating the average of the student's academic record.

 

CHAPTER 5. RECOGNITION AND TRANSFER PROCEDURE

Article 13. Application

13.1 Credit recognition or transfer procedures are initiated at the request of the student.

13.2 The student submits the application to the Secretary's Office of the Centre with the accrediting documentation, in accordance with the provisions of article 15 of this regulation. The application must include all previous training obtained in official university courses or in other official higher education courses, and accreditation of previous work and professional experience. You must also indicate if you have taken other official studies and have not completed them and if you wish to combine these studies, for the purpose of including or not in your transcript the transfer of the credits obtained.

Article 14. Documentation

14.1 In order to apply for the recognition of credits obtained in official university courses previously taken at higher education institutions outside the UB, the following documentation must be provided:

  1. Personal academic certificate specifying the training attained. It shall indicate, as a minimum, the name, credits, academic year and grade of the subjects passed. In the event that the studies undertaken are part of an official degree course, the certificate must include the field of knowledge to which the degree is attached and the field of the subjects to which the basic training subjects are linked.
  2. Teaching plan of the subjects, issued by the centre of origin, stating the results of the training and learning process (knowledge or contents; competences, and skills or abilities) and the number of credits.
  3. Curriculum or table of subjects required for the diploma of the previous education, issued by the institution of origin.
  4. Any other documentation that the centre considers appropriate for processing the application.

14.2 In order to apply for the recognition of credits obtained in non-official university courses (UB-specific or lifelong learning) previously taken at Spanish higher education institutions outside the UB, the following documentation must be provided:

  1. Information on the agreements covering the award of the degree at the higher education institution of origin, in which the level of the degree being presented can be identified.
  2. Personal academic certificate specifying the education attained. It shall indicate, as a minimum, the name, credits, academic year and grade of the subjects passed.
  3. Teaching plan of the subjects in which the outcomes of the training and learning process and the number of credits or hours per week per semester or year are stated.
  4. Curriculum or table of subjects required for the qualification of the previous education, issued by the institution of origin.
  5. Information regarding the conditions of access to the degree at the time when the student entered the course.
  6. Any other documentation that the centre considers appropriate for processing the application.

14.3 In order to apply for the recognition of credits obtained in university courses (official or otherwise) taken previously at UB faculties and schools, the following documentation must be provided:

a) Academic record.

14.4 In order to apply for validation from official studies previously taken at a university outside Spain, the following documentation must be provided:

  1. Personal academic certificate or European diploma supplement specifying the education and training attained. It shall indicate, as a minimum, the name, credits, academic year and grade of the subjects passed.
  2. Teaching plan of the subjects in which the outcomes of the training and learning process and the number of credits or hours per week per semester or year are stated.
  3. Curriculum or table of subjects required for the diploma of the previous education, issued by the institution of origin.
  4. Information on the grading system of the home university.
  5. Any other documentation that the centre considers appropriate for processing the application.

All documents submitted must be official and issued by the competent authorities, attaching the corresponding sworn translation, provided that the academic documentation is not written in Spanish, Catalan or English. Certificates must be duly legalised in accordance with the provisions established by the competent bodies, except for documentation from European Union member countries.

14.5 In order to apply for the recognition of credits previously taken in official non-university higher education courses, the following documentation must be provided:

  1. Official higher education diploma issued by the competent authorities or a certificate in lieu of a diploma.
  2. Personal academic certificate specifying the training attained. It should indicate at least the title, the credits/hours, the academic year and the grade of the subjects passed.
  3. Syllabus of the subjects passed for which recognition is requested.
  4. Any other documentation that the centre considers appropriate for processing the application.

14.6 In order to apply for recognition on the basis of previous work and professional experience, the following documentation is required:

  1. Documentary evidence issued by the company in which the work or professional activity has been carried out. It shall indicate at least the period during which the professional activity was carried out, the weekly hours and the functions performed.
  2. Documentary justification with a work life report, or similar document endorsed by a public administration that includes at least 3 years of work experience, with a minimum of 3,500 hours worked in total in the last 5 years.
  3. Personal interview with the Coordination of Studies, if necessary, in case any clarification is required.

14.7 For the recognition of credits for participation in institutional university activities, it is necessary to provide the following documentation:

  1. For institutional activities of the UB or other universities: a certificate stating at least the name and surname of the student, the name of the activity, the period during which it was carried out, the hours of dedication of the student or the credits passed and the grade of pass or fail.
  2. For student representation: certificate issued by the secretary of the collegiate body of which the student is an elected member.

14.8 In order to request only the transfer of credits, it is necessary to provide the following documentation:

a) In the case of having studied official UB courses, the academic transcript.

b) In the case of having taken official studies at other universities:

- Personal academic certificate specifying the education attained. It shall indicate, as a minimum, the name, credits, academic year and grade of the subjects passed.

- Proof of payment of the fees for the transfer of the file.

14.9 All documents submitted must be originals or certified true copies with a secure verification code (CSV) that allows the veracity of the document to be verified in the electronic archives of the issuing body.

Article 15. Resolution

5.1 The recognition of credits in Bachelor's degree courses is the responsibility of the Coordination of Studies of the course. The decision issued must indicate the basic training credits or those corresponding to compulsory or optional subjects that are recognised and, where applicable, the training that is transferred. Likewise, the resolution must include the list of subjects that the student must take in the case of recognition of basic training credits in the field of knowledge or partial recognition of compulsory subjects.

In the event that the student's previous record includes recognised subjects, the Coordination of Studies can decide, together with the student, between recognition according to the subject taken and passed previously or recognition according to the subject that appears as recognised.

In the event that the course offers subjects from other degree courses, the recognition of these subjects is resolved after a report from the Studies Coordination Office of the course to which the subject belongs.

15.2 The Academic Secretary's Office of the centre must notify the person concerned of the decision by means that allow him/her to be aware that he/she has received the notification.

15.3 If the student only requests the transfer of credits, the Academic Secretary's Office incorporates the training accredited by the student in the transcript of records.

Article 16. Expression of willingness to undertake recognised training

Students have the option of taking a subject that has been recognised. This option becomes effective at the time of enrolment.

Article 17. Effects of the decision

17.1 The resolution of the procedure gives the right to modify the enrolment depending on the result of the recognition.

17.2 The recognised training is considered to have been passed in the corresponding teaching and in the student's transcript, in which the following information is specified, according to the origin of the recognised credits:

  • Official university studies: the university and the degree from which the student came, the name and number of credits of the subject passed and the grade obtained.
    1. Recognition of a subject or subject from another subject or subject: the mark obtained in the subject.
    2. Recognition of a subject or subject from several subjects or subjects: weighted average of the marks obtained in the different subjects or subjects.
    3. Recognition of several subjects from one subject or subject: the mark obtained in the subject or subject.
    4. Recognition of different subjects/subjects from different subjects/subjects: weighted average of the different subjects/subjects.
  • Non-official university studies (own or lifelong learning): the university and degree of origin, the name and number of credits of the subject passed and, in the case of recognition considering own studies that have been extinguished by the implementation of the official degree, the grade obtained.
  • Non-university higher education: the degree of origin, the title and the number of credits of the subject passed.
  • Work and professional experience: the accredited work and professional activity and the period during which this activity has been carried out.
  • University institutional activities: the name of the activity in which he/she has participated and the period in which it took place.

17.3 The grades included in the student's transcript are considered in calculating the weighted average.

17.4 The information that must be included in the student's file regarding the credits transferred must be exclusively that which is specified in the academic certificate issued by the university of origin, which must refer to the university and degree in which the credits were obtained, the academic year, the grade obtained and any other circumstance that is mentioned in the corresponding academic certificate.

 

First transitional provision

Without prejudice to the provisions of Article 6.2, as long as not all Bachelor's degrees have been assigned to the respective fields of knowledge, the recognition of basic training credits shall be carried out between degrees of the same branch of knowledge, and at least 15% of the total number of credits of the degree to which access is sought, corresponding to basic training subjects of this branch, shall be subject to recognition.

If the recognition of basic training credits is to be carried out between a qualification attached to a branch of knowledge and a qualification attached to a field of knowledge, this recognition must be done in accordance with the academic and training coherence of the knowledge, competences and skills that define the subjects or subjects to be recognised with those existing in the syllabus of the qualification to which access is sought, always respecting the minimum number of credits that can be recognised.

Second transitional provision

The application of article 11.1 with regard to the maximum number of credits eligible for academic recognition for participation in university cooperation, solidarity, cultural, sporting or student representation activities means that degree programmes that wish to increase the current number of credits must modify their syllabus. Until this modification takes place, the number of credits eligible for academic recognition in all degrees is 6, except for students who in the academic year 2022-2023 have already enrolled a number of less than 6 credits for academic recognition.

Sole derogating provision

The Regulations for the recognition and transfer of credits in official undergraduate degree courses at the University of Barcelona, approved by the Governing Council on 7 June 2011 and amended on 29 May 2013, 8 October 2015 and 13 July 2016, and the Regulations for the recognition and transfer of credits in official university master's degree courses at the University of Barcelona, approved by the Governing Council on 7 February 2012, and any other regulations or provisions of the same rank, are hereby repealed, and the Regulations for the recognition and transfer of credits in official university master's degree courses at the University of Barcelona, approved by the Governing Council on 7 February 2012, and any other regulations or provisions of equal or lower rank that are in conflict with the provisions of these regulations.

 

Final provision

These regulations are published in the EUHT CETT UB Student Guide and will come into force in the 2022-2023 academic year.

 

Updated on 05th September 2022