If you have previous studies or professional experience that is relevant to your current academic program, you can request to receive course credit or an exemption based on your prior learning.
Course credit (also known as status) can be granted as either specified (where the prior learning is considered equivalent to a specific ANU course) or unspecified (where the prior learning is not considered equivalent to a specific ANU course). Unspecified credit may be approved to count towards a major or minor, or towards the elective component of a program.
Credit will be given a unit value (usually six units per course) and the units you receive as credit count towards the unit requirements for your program.
An exemption may be granted for a course, rather than credit, if you can demonstrate that you have learned and understand the content of that course through previous study or professional experience. Course exemptions are usually only granted for compulsory courses and those which form a prerequisite for other courses.
If you receive a course exemption, no unit value is assigned. This means that the exemption does not count towards the unit or course requirements for your program, nor towards any majors or minors.
Types of prior learning
ANU recognises formal, non-formal and informal prior learning when assessing course credit and exemption.
Formal learning is learning towards a formally-recognised qualification. Non-formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program but does not lead to a formally recognised qualification. Informal learning is specific employment experience, volunteering, internship or workplace based training
Requests by international students will be processed as per Standard 2 of The National Code 2018 and students will be required to accept their credit.
International students should be aware that receiving credit may affect the length of their program and, if so, a new eCoE will be issued to reflect the revised program end date.
Group of Eight credit transfer agreement
In recognition of the excellence of teaching and research that exists in the Group of Eight (Go8) universities, members agree to enhance the mobility of students between them by facilitating the transfer of credit earned at their institutions.
The Go8 Credit Transfer Agreement is based on an acceptance that the assessment regimes at all Group of Eight universities are comparable and transferable.