Credit transfer

Decisions about credit transfers are made on a case-by-case basis, after careful evaluation, by the Director of Undergraduate Studies. This guide explains the procedure in detail.

ELIGIBILITY

A student must be admitted and registered to the program to be allowed to submit a request. Courses will not be evaluated for possible credit transfer before a student is admitted to the program.

Courses from educational institutions other than IES

A course can be considered for a credit transfer if the following conditions are met:

  • The course was completed at an accredited institution.
  • A corresponding course is offered at IES.
  • It was completed with grade 1 or 2 (A, B, or C in the ETCS grading scale). Credit will be awarded for grade 3 (D or E in the ETCS grading scale) only in exceptional cases (e.g., for courses from the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University).
  • It was completed no longer than five years prior to the date of request.
  • Credit can be awarded for courses for which the corresponding course offered at IES is a mandatory (povinný) or an elective (povinně volitelný) course in the study plan for the current academic year (Karolinka).
  • Credit transfer is approved by the Lecturer of the corresponding course at IES.
  • If there is no corresponding course offered at IES, the credit can be transferred towards optional (volitelný) courses (in such a case, the Lecturer's approval is not necessary and the Director of Undergraduate Studies decides about the number of credits transferred).

The number of credits transferred is equal to the number of credits for the corresponding course offered at IES, not to the number of credits received for the course at another institution.

Courses from previous studies at IES

In general, it is possible to receive credit for courses passed at IES in the past if the following conditions are met:

  • The course was completed no longer than five years prior to the date of request.
  • It is offered as a mandatory (povinný) or an elective (povinně volitelný) course in the study plan for the current academic year and for the program a student is currently studying in (Karolinka).
  • If the course is not offered as a mandatory or an elective course, it is still possible to receive credit for it which counts towards optional (volitelný) courses.

Courses from IES Master’s program

Credit for courses from the Master’s program passed during the undergraduate studies counts towards optional (volitelný) courses.

If a student does not use these credits towards the 180 credits required for the undergraduate program and is admitted to the Master’s program, it is possible to apply for credit transfer for these courses in the Master’s program. A formal request can be submitted after the student is admitted to the Master’s program. The decision about credit transfer is made by the Director of Master Studies.

Advanced Placement (AP) exams

In addition, credit for the courses listed below can be awarded to students who have earned scores of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement (AP) examinations. No credit will be awarded for tests taken after a student is admitted to IES.

  • Credit for the course Principles of Economics I (JEB101) or Ekonomie I (JEB003) can be awarded for scores 4 or 5 on the AP Microeconomics exam.
  • Credit for the course Principles of Economics II (JEB102) or Ekonomie II (JEB004) can be awarded for scores 4 or 5 on the AP Macroeconomics exam.
  • Credit for the course Seminář z matematické analýzy I (JEB058) can be awarded for scores 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus AB exam.
  • Credit for the courses Seminář z matematické analýzy I (JEB058) and Seminář z matematické analýzy a algebry II (JEB059) can be awarded for scores 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus BC exam.

 

 

International Baccalaureate (IB) exams

Credit for the courses listed below can be awarded to students who have earned scores of 6 or 7 on the International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations. No credit will be awarded for tests taken after a student is admitted to IES.

  • Credit for the courses Principles of Economics I (JEB101) and Principles of Economics II (JEB102), or Ekonomie I (JEB003) and Ekonomie II (JEB004) can be awarded for scores 6 or 7 on the IB Economics Higher level exam.
  • Credit for the courses Seminář z matematické analýzy I (JEB058) and Seminář z matematické analýzy a algebry II (JEB059) can be awarded for scores 6 or 7 on the IB Mathematics Higher level exam or for score 7 on the IB Mathematics Standard level exam.

TRANSFER CREDIT PROCEDURE

A registered student who wishes to receive credit must submit formal request for credit transfer. The request consists of three parts:

  • The Transfer of Credit form (in Czech, Protokol o splnění studijních povinností v dřívějším studiu) which is available at the website of the Faculty of Social Sciences. An English and Czech version of the form is available here.
  • An original official document based on which the credit would be transferred (e.g., transcript of grades).

If the documents are in a language other than Czech, Slovak or English, a translation done by a licensed translator must be provided.

Partial or incomplete requests will not be considered for review.

The form has to be signed by the Lecturer of the corresponding course offered at IES and by the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Students need to obtain the Lecturer’s signature of approval. Then the request should be submitted to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, who will evaluate it and will deliver the request to the Student Services Department.

Requests delivered to the Student Services Department by the students themselves (even if they include approvals of the Lecturer and the Director of Undergraduate Studies) will not be considered for review.

COURSES FROM ERASMUS STUDY STAYS AND OTHER STUDY STAYS ABROAD

In general, the following rules apply:

  • If a corresponding course is offered at IES as a mandatory (povinný) or an elective (povinně volitelný) course, it is possible to transfer credit towards this course. The number of credits transferred is equal to the number of credits for the corresponding course offered at IES, not to the number of credits received for the course at another institution.
  • In other cases, the credit counts towards elective (povinně volitelný) or optional (volitelný) courses. The decision about the number of credits is made by the Director of Undergraduate Studies and is not necessarily the same as the number of credits received abroad.
  • The decision about the final grade is made by the Director of Undergraduate Studies based on the transcript of records.

The procedure for Erasmus study stays is the following:

  • Before departing for the study stay, a student gets access to an online system in which she/he submits a proposed study program abroad (Table A) and the list of components in the student’s degree which will be replaced by the study abroad (Table B). Table B is finalized together with the Director of Undergraduate Studies who approves a hardcopy of the document.
  • During the study stay abroad, if there are any changes in the original learning agreement, the student revises the learning agreement (Table C). Table D is finalized together with the Director of Undergraduate Studies (via email) who approves a hardcopy of the document.
  • After arrival from the study stay abroad, a student fills the Transfer Credit form (Protokol o splnění studijních povinností v zahraničí). A transcript of records must be attached to the form. Both an English and a Czech version of the form are available here. The learning agreement should be also attached to the form (Tables A and B; C and D if there were any revisions). The transfer credit form is finalized together with the Director of Undergraduate Studies who approves the document. The form does NOT need to be signed by the Lecturers of the corresponding courses offered at IES.
  • The documents can be submitted in person or scanned via email to the Director of Undergraduate Studies who signs them and sends to the International Office.

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