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If you have already completed or will complete (the equivalent of) at least 30 European credit points (ecp), you can apply for a transfer of 30 ecp (and in exceptional cases 60 ecp). Please send the completed transfer of credit request form and all required accompanying documentation to AUC Admissions before 15 June of the year in which you intend to start studying at AUC.

Do not base decision to enrol on receiving transfer credits

When applying to AUC, we advise prospective students not to base their decision to attend on the expectation of receiving transfers of credit to replace certain courses, a semester or a full year. The deadline for submitting a transfer of credit request is 15 June, which is much later than the deadline for accepting an offer of admission to AUC (first week of March for early-bird candidates, and first week of May for regular deadline applicants). This means that any decisions regarding a transfer of credit will only be made after 15 June during the summer before starting at AUC. For this reason, applicants should understand that they may not know until starting at AUC whether credits from previous studies will count toward their degree programme.

  • Transfer of credit conditions

    A request for transfer of credit can only be considered in combination with a complete application to AUC. The programme where you obtained your credits must be recognised as and/or meet the criteria of a first year of study at a Dutch university. You can apply for a transfer of credit of 30 ecp (the equivalent of one semester at AUC) and, in exceptional cases, for 60 ecp.

    Also, please note that not all courses completed at university can automatically be considered for transfer of credit. Depending on your educational background, a certain amount of university-level studies may be required for you to be admitted to a Dutch research university in the first place. University-level studies that are necessary for your admittance cannot be considered for transfer of credit. If you are not sure, please contact the AUC Admissions Office. Please remember that evaluating diplomas and credits from international universities can take time.

  • Credit transfer options

     Please note that students can only receive:

    1. A 30 ecp transfer of credit (one semester), meaning the student only studies at AUC for 5 semesters (2 ½ years) to meet the full 180 credits
    2. In exceptional cases, a 60 ecp transfer of credit (full year), meaning the student only studies at AUC for 4 semesters (2 years) to meet the full 180 credits
    3. Course waivers per relevant course. A course waiver does not substitute credits. For example, if a student receives a course waiver for Methods for Social Sciences Research, they still need to acquire 180 credits, but do not have to take the Methods for Social Sciences Research course. They can instead use this space in their curriculum as they see fit, as that particular requirement has already been met.

    Please note that a transfer of credit can only be requested before starting your studies at AUC (during the application process). A course waiver, however, can be submitted at any point while studying at AUC. 

  • AUC transfer of credit checklist

    In order to submit a transfer of credit request, you will need to send the following information to the AUC Admissions Office:

    • completed transfer of credit request form [see below]
    • recent transcripts or official grade lists for all completed courses
    • complete course outlines or descriptions for all courses
  • Transfer of credit digital form

    All students applying for a transfer of credit should use the form found via the link below. You will need to complete this form (and send all required documentation) before 15 June in the year in which you intend to start at AUC. For example, if you're applying to start at AUC in September 2024, you must submit your complete transfer of credit request before 15 June 2024 to be considered.

  • Decision on transfer of credit

    Your transfer of credit request can only be considered after you have been formally accepted at AUC. The transfer offer will not be final until your official transcript or diploma has been received by AUC, documenting all the courses required and their grades. AUC may require that you achieve a minimum GPA or average grade before allowing the transfer. The deadline to submit a transfer of credit request is 15 June. This means that a decision regarding whether a transfer of credit will be granted will only be made over the summer before starting at AUC.


If you have any questions, please contact AUC Admissions using the link below.