Information about Credit Transfer and Examination Recognition.

Under certain preconditions, credit for examinations or other academic achievements successfully completed outside of your studies could be transferred to count toward your current major.

Academic credit may be transferred providing there are no significant differences between the learning outcomes of the prior examination and the examination in the curriculum of your selected degree program at the JKU.


Office of Examinations and Recognition Services


1st floor
Rooms 101-105

In accordance with § 78 of the Austrian Universities Act, you can apply for academic credit transfer for examinations and other academic credits earned at:

  • a recognized and accredited post-secondary educational institution,
  • a vocational secondary school in vocational subjects required for the future employment, or
  • a general secondary school with special focus on arts or sports education in artistic and artistic-academic subjects as well as in sports and sports-academic subjects


Certain academic, artistic and professional activities as described in Section 78 (2) of the Austrian Universities Act may also qualify for credit transfer. Other professional or non-professional qualifications can be accepted beginning at the start of the 2022/2023 Winter Semester on after the learning outcomes have been validated.

Yes, up to a total of 60 ECTS credits can be transferred from a vocational or general secondary school. Credit transfer can also be approved for vocational and non-vocational work. In all, a total of a maximum of 90 ECTS credits can be transferred.

When filing an application to receive academic credit use AUWEA NG, opens an external URL in a new window to determine credit transfer.

In technical and scientific studies, contact the responsible recognition presidents and obtain their advice before submitting an application via AUWEA NG, opens an external URL in a new window.


Apply for Teacher Education Studies (Secondary Level) at the LiLeS Service Center, opens an external URL in a new window.


See Examination Recognition - Austrian and Examination Recognition - International for detailed information.

As outlined in Sec. 78(3) of the Austrian Universities Act, academic credit transfer to have other professional or non-professional qualifications recognized and count for certain examinations and/or academic performance is permitted for all academic degree programs. Credit transfer is contingent on demonstrating little to no significant differences in acquired content knowledge (learning outcomes) between the applicant’s qualifications and any examinations or other academic performance for which applicant is seeking academic credit for. There may be significant differences, in particular, in allocation to different NQF qualification levels, opens an external URL in a new window.


What does a complete application need to include?

  • A detailed description of the applicant’s qualifications to support the request to have these qualifications recognized in the form of academic credit transfer, in particula
    • in regard to educational, vocational training, and/or continual education qualifications, submit a description of: (1), the educational program, training program, and/or continual education program you completed, (2) the NQF qualification level, (3) the name of educational institution offering the educational program, including program content, training program content and/or continuing education content, the educational objectives and learning outcomes, the workload, and the period of time during which the educational program, training and/or continual education program was completed;
    •  for other qualifications: a detailed description of work performed and the resulting acquired content, skills and expertise acquired, the extent of the program (duration and the number of hours per week), for professional qualifications - if applicable - also include the employer’s name, if self-employed and if applicable, provide information on the company‘s name and location, for non-professional qualifications, provide the name of the organization where the professional work activities were carried out;
  • Verification of having actually completed the listed accomplishments
    • in regard to educational, vocational training, and/or continual education qualifications, proof of having successfully completed the educational, training or continual education program is required, i.e. in the form of a certificate or diploma;

    • for other qualifications: proof of professional experience, for example in the form of job descriptions, references, and (any) additional confirmation(s) by the employer or the organization where the professional activities were carried out (the type of activities and extent, including a statement regarding the extent in which the activity provided expertise, skills and competences as described in the application, along with the contact person‘s name in the event of any inquiries a spart of the validation procedure; in the event of self-employment, submit verification in the form of, for example, submitting tax returns or social security documents, name individuals who can provide information about services provided and can confirm the acquired expertise, skills and competences in the process, and/or a sworn statement;

    •  in other cases regarding professional or non-professional qualifications and if available to the applicant, provide corresponding work results, such as work pieces/items, technical drawings, plans, project reports, documentation, software codes, or laboratory protocols in applicable formats, including confirmation by a person bearing responsibility in this respect regarding the student‘s (co-)authorship and/or his/her individual contribution or role in the overall performance.

  • In regard to individual examinations and/or other course work, how credit transfer is to be allocated in lieu of the applicant’s credit transfer request and the existing qualifications.

  • Detailed and transparent explanation(s) of each learning outcome as covered by the examinations, or other academic performance(s) for which the applicant is seeking academic credit, explaining how and why standardized requirements to receive academic credit have been met.


How do I submit an application for credit transfer?

  • Submit credit transfer applications by using the AUWEA credit transfer tool.

    Please complete the supplementary form, opens a file to the validation application (it will assist you in completing the application) and upload it to AUWEA.

           Submit credit transfer applications for Teacher Education Studies (general education,

           secondary level) to the LiLeS Service Center.

  • Please note:
    • applications relating to other professional or non-professional qualifications completed prior to being admitted to the desired degree program must additionally be consolidated into one overall application per degree program (mandatory!). No other applications may be submitted for this type of qualification as long as a validation procedure is pending. The same applies after a partial, positive completion of the procedure.
    • applications for credit for other professional or non-professional qualification(s) will be deemed inadmissible if the credit transfer procedure for the same qualification(s) is pending, or if the applicant has already been awarded academic credit for certain qualification(s) (an examination or other academic work) in the same degree program.

How does the validation procedure work?

  • Following a formal review of the application (regarding its entirety as outlined in § 42b para. 3), the Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs will ask the credit transfer committee responsible for the subject area in question to submit an expert assessment to verify the learning outcomes.
  • The committee for credit transfer is required to formulate the assessment based on the application and the included documents. Should there be an issue regarding verifying the learning outcomes based on the documents alone, or if it seems warranted on the grounds of of procedural efficiency, he/she may request providing additional supporting information, such as
    • a (max.) hour-long interview with the applicant (the applicant must receive an interview request a minimum of five working days in advance);
    • The applicant is to be instructed to carry out a subject-specific elaboration (maximum of four hours' duration) and given a minimum of three working days to complete the task; or
    • Take a (max.) hour-long written examination containing subject-specific problems or questions (the applicant must receive a request and information a minimum of five working days in advance).


During an officially approved 'leave of absence', credit transfer/recognition for examinations is prohibited as it counts as taking and successfully passing the corresponding examination. Therefore, the earliest date to submit an application for examination credit transfer/recognition for assessment and processing is the following semester after the student’s leave of absence.

Examinations taken in vocational subject areas for future employment at higher-level vocational schools can qualify for credit transfer, providing there are no significant discrepancies in the acquired qualifications. Please note that if you earned academic credit prior to enrolling at the JKU and you wish to transfer academic credit to count toward your studies at the JKU, starting in WS 2022/2023 you must apply for academic credit transfer during the first two semesters of the program.


Academic credit from HAK / HBLA schools:
KS Accounting Basics According to Austrian Corporate Code (UGB) or KS Accounting and KS Basics in Cost Accounting or KS Cost Accounting
Students who have successfully passed Accounting Basics According to Austrian Corporate Code (UGB) or Accounting and Basics in Cost Accounting or Cost Accounting as part of their Matura examination at a higher-level school of business studies, tourism, fashion and clothing technology or for artistic design within the last six years from date of the student's application will receive academic credit toward their choice of degree program. Other examinations can qualify for credit transfer ( case-by-case) based on determining comparable learning outcomes.

Academic credit from HTL schools:
Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, opens an external URL in a new window

By taking classes from later semesters early on, graduates from computer science HTL schools in Leonding, Perg or Grieskirchen can save one semester and - if enrolling during the Summer Semester - even a full academic year (additional information, opens an external URL in a new window).


Bachelor's degree program WIN, opens an external URL in a new window

There no academic credit transfer for autonomous coursework.

There is no academic credit transfer for examinations taken as part of an admissions-based degree program.

If your application for credit transfer has been approved, you will be notified by e-mail. If your application includes examinations taken at external educational institutions, please submit the corresponding documents to the Office of Examinations and Recognition Services in the original as well as in copy via postal service, unless it is a digitally signed document. Once the originals are available, we can finalize the application.

Afterwards you will be able to see the credit transfer for exams in KUSSS, opens an external URL in a new window.

  • Credit for courses taken in Austria Academic credit for exams at universities in Austria or abroad if you did NOT take these courses/exams as part of an exchange program.

    In Austria and Abroad in General