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About recognition of qualifications not adapted to the EHEA and adaptation to the EHEA


If you have already completed a diploma, degree or engineering, will it have to be validated in order to obtain a new qualification that is adapted to the EHEA?

No, adaptation to the EHEA university system does not affect official university qualifications that were obtained in previous study programmes. Therefore, if you have a degree or diploma, or if you are an engineer, technical engineer or architect, your qualification will maintain all of its academic and professional effects and no adaptation process will be necessary.

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When a student who is currently studying technical engineering completes the course, will s/he obtain a qualification which is equivalent to a university qualification with the new bachelor qualifications of Bologna?

The study programme that s/he is completing at the moment will allow him/her to obtain the technical engineering qualification, which is a fully valid official qualification. In any case, it is not necessary to look for an equivalence or automatic recognition with the academic offer adapted to the EHEA.

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If a student has a diploma and is currently studying a master’s of 60 EHEA credits, will s/he have the equivalent to a degree when s/he completes the course?

This equivalence is not correct. The accumulation of credits of different qualifications does not serve to modify the level of the current academic qualification.

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Will a student who is currently studying a degree of 300 credits and who has completed 240 of these credits have the new qualification directly validated when the new qualification of 240 ECTS comes into force?

This credit equivalence is not correct as current credits and ECTS credits are measured differently. If s/he has not finished the qualification that s/he is studying and changes to a new one when the new qualifications come into force, the 240 credits completed may not necessarily equal the same number of ECTs. In any case, this will depend on the conditions that each university establishes to facilitate the adaptation from one programme to another.

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If a student has a diploma of 180 credits and the new bachelor’s degree is 240 credits, will s/he have to study 60 credits more to have a university qualification?

No. Diploma qualifications will continue to be fully valid university qualifications. Therefore, when s/he finishes the course, s/he will have an officially recognised Diploma.

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If a student has a degree of 300 credits and the bachelor’s degree is 240 credits and the master’s degree is 60, can s/he validate his/her qualification for one bachelor’s and one master’s degree?

No, qualifications not adapted to the EHEA are fully valid and it is not necessary to validate them to the new qualifications. In addition, the credit equivalence made in these calculations is incorrect. In the current UOC credit calculation system, one credit equals 15 lecture hours (10 hours in the case of other universities) On the other end, the new UOC qualifications calculate that one credit equals 25 academic work hours for the student (25 to 30 hours in the case of other universities.) As a result, it is not possible to make an automatic equivalence of credits.

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If a student has not completed his/her studies when the new qualifications come into practice, how can s/he adapt to the corresponding degree qualification?

When a new qualification begins, the university will establish an adaptation mechanism from the former qualification to the new qualification so that all students who wish to change may do so. This adaptation process for UOC students will always be voluntary and completely free of charge.

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If students do not want to change, can they continue studying in the former study programme?

They can continue with the same study programme because the study programmes will usually become obsolete at the end of a course. In any event, they will have to finish by 30 September 2015 as all study programmes prior to the EHEA will have become obsolete. Official and recognised qualifications obtained will be fully and officially valid.

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