UG Recognition of Prior Learning (Credit Transfer)

Recognition of Prior Learning is the transfer of credit towards your degree from another institution. Courses passed at another institution must be deemed as equivalent to those studied at UNSW and required for your degree. You can be granted credit from more than one institution, provided that the courses studied are recognised by UNSW.  

Am I Eligible? 

If you have completed courses outside of UNSW and wish to receive transfer credit, please ensure you meet the requirements listed in the  Faculty Enrolment Rules and the  UNSW Transfer Credit Policy.

For Domestic students, the Go8 universities (Adelaide, Melbourne, Monash, ANU, Queensland, Sydney, NSW and WA) have developed a  credit transfer agreement. This enhances the mobility of students between the Go8 universities on the understanding that the assessment regimes are comparable and transferable.  

How Do I Apply? 

Applying at Admission stage 

If you’re applying directly with UNSW or as a domestic undergraduate student through UAC, you can access the application form and lodgment information on our Credit Transfer page.  

In both instances, an application must be accompanied by an official transcript and course outlines of studies undertaken at another institution will be required. Failure to provide all information and documentation necessary may result in a delay to the assessment of your application.

Applying after Admission stage 

Undergraduate students: complete the ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ webform , you will need to submit a copy of your official transcript and (English) course outlines. 

Postgraduate students: refer to the Postgraduate Recognition of Prior Learning page for instructions.  

Course Outline Requirements 

The following components are required when submitting course outlines: 

  • Course code and title 
  • Course description 
  • Total hours for the whole course (e.g. How many lecture/tutorial hours per week and how many weeks per term) 
  • Assessment weighting schedules (e.g. 30% mid-term exam, 70% final exam etc) 
  • Weekly topic schedule (i.e. Which topics were taught in each week) 

Optional components that may be required: 

  • Textbook materials used 
  • Credit units for the course and total credit units for a full-time student per term 

You may be required to submit further proof/evidence of studies. For example, your previous institution may be required to submit course outlines directly to UNSW Engineering. 

Postgraduate Recognition of Prior Learning  

UNSW Engineering also offers credit transfer for postgraduate courses you have previously completed at other institutions. Find out the eligibility criteria, how to apply and course outline requirements.  

Learn more  

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