Recognition of prior learning and experience (RPL) is a process where the skills and competencies already acquired can be taken into account for study purposes if the skills and competencies are the learning outcomes for the courses of the curriculum. Previous studies and work experience may be taken into account in the completion of the curriculum without limitation, but it does not apply to final examinations and defending graduation papers. There may be courses in the study programme that cannot be taken into account by way of RPL, information about this is available in the general information on the course.
Application form for taking into account previous studies and work experience*
Annex 1 (taking courses/continuing education into account)*
Annex 2 (taking work experience into account)*
In addition to the application and the corresponding annex, the student must submit documents certifying studies (the original and a copy), e.g. a diploma, extract of the diploma supplement, a document describing the substance of the studies and other materials (e.g. portfolio, description of work experience, creative work, etc.), unless the completion of the course has been proven in the Study Information System. The applicant is responsible for the accuracy of submitted documents and other materials.
The application and additional documents must be submitted to the Dean’s Office of the Faculty or the RPL advisor. The application is evaluated by the Faculty’s RPL Committee that must reply to the application in writing within one month from the date of submission of the application. Applications submitted for the completion of the curriculum are not reviewed in July.
The review and evaluation of the application is for a fee: 10 euros per credit point.
The review and evaluation of the application is free of charge in the following events:
• evaluation of courses completed in 2001 or later at the University of Tartu is applied for;
• evaluation of compliance of previous studies with the terms of admission is applied for;
• the application is submitted for completion of the doctoral curriculum.
No RPL application is needed for the recognition of prior learning in the following cases:
If the applicant is discontent with the reply received to the application submitted for the purpose of taking previous studies and work experience into account, the decision can be appealed.
The initial appeal must be filed either orally or in writing with the same person or committee who made the decision concerning taking the previous studies and work experience into account.
If the person (or committee) who made the decision does not change the decision, the student can appeal to the Dean within seven days after the announcement of the appealed decision.
The following appeals must be submitted in writing.
Appeal of a decision concerning taking previous studies and work experience into account* (form in Estonian).
A copy of the appealed decision and, if possible, additional document supporting the appellant's position (original copies and copies) should be appended to the appeal.
The procedure for appeal, the possibilities of resolving appeals and the time limits of replying have been set out in the Study Regulations* of the University of Tartu.
If you have questions relating to previous studies and work experience please contact your RPL advisor. With general questions you can also write vota [ät] ut.ee
Taking previous studies and work experience into account is regulated by the Study Regulations* and the Conditions and Procedure for Recognition of Prior Learning and Professional Experience in Degree Study*.
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