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Recognition of prior learning (AHOT)


At Lapland University of Applied Sciences it is possible to transfer credits from prior learning acquired earlier or elsewhere or even during your study time to your programme. Lapland UAS uses the AHOT procedure in recognising prior learning.

The AHOT procedure makes it possible to take prior learning into consideration right at the beginning of your studies. It may consist of studies completed in HEIs or other education, or know-how acquired in working life or otherwise.

AHOT offers students many benefits

  • Individualised study process
  • Greater motivation
  • Shorter study time
  • Reinforces awareness of your own know-how
  • Eliminates overlap in studies
  • Grades or credits from prior learning acquired earlier


The AHOT process values all prior learning. Most important is your prior learning, regardless of where and how you acquired it.

How does the AHOT process proceed?

The AHOT process is student-oriented and based on the curricula and your own individual study plan (ISP). Lapland UAS informs new students about the AHOT process and its procedures. The goal is to start the AHOT process during your first academic year. While you are compiling your ISP you will be guided and supported in recognising and assessing prior learning acquired earlier or elsewhere so you can form an understanding of your own skills and know-how. Then you should compile a written application for recognition of prior learning acquired earlier or elsewhere or during your study time. Return the form to the study affairs office of your field of study, which will forward the form. The study affairs officer will inform you of the decision within one month. Possible transfers of credits will be entered in the record of credits.

In addition to submitting an application, you should indicate your (prior) learning with an evidence-based exercise in which you show your competence in relation to the objectives of the programme. Evidence-based exercises may consist of a work test, an interview, a written or oral production, a competence diary or a learning exercise. The type and content of the evidence-based exercise is agreed on in conjunction with the compilation or examination of your ISP. Recognition of prior learning may be affected by the date and grade of the completed studies as well as field-specific practices and guidelines.