In Oulu University of Applied Sciences a Diploma Supplement is automatically issued to all graduates of the degree programmes free of charge. The diploma Supplement is a document in English attached to an original Finnish degree certificate aiming at improving international 'transparency' and at facilitating the academic and professional recognition of qualifications. It is designed to provide a description of the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies that were pursued and successfully completed by a student. It also gives information on the national higher education system and universities of applied sciences' position in it. A Transcript of Records in English is attached to the Diploma Supplement, where all the completed courses and grades are listed.
Diploma Supplement is not a substitute for the original qualification or a transcript, but it gives more information about the qualification. It offers easier access to job opportunities or further studies abroad, because the Diploma Supplement makes it easier for the employers and educational institutions to assess the skills and qualifications of the graduates. However, the diploma Supplement is not an automatic system that guarantees recognition abroad, but it facilitates academic and professional recognition, thus increasing the transparency and comparability of qualifications.
Please see also the information sheet on Diploma Supplement of the Finnish National Board of Education.
The length of the degree programme is given in Finnish credits and ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System). From 1 January 2005 onwards the Finnish credits are equal with the ECTS credits. A degree of 210 credits corresponds to 210 ECTS credits, 240 credits to 240 ECTS credits and 270 credits to 270 ECTS credits.
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