ISTANBUL AREL UNIVERSITY

ECTS Information Package

General Arrangements for RPL

National procedures regulating the recognition of prior learning (RPL) including formal, informal and non-formal learning has not been, yet, established in Turkey and, therefore, there is no a national framework which will enable higher education institutions to develop and exercise their own comprehensive arrangements for recognition of such learning.

However, within the institutional autonomy there are some implementations at the institutional level for allocating credits towards exemption from some programme requirements on the basis of RPL.

This is particularly a wide spread exercise implemented in cases that students, having a certain level of knowledge, skills and competencies in relation to fields such as foreign languages and computer use, prior to admission to the university, are subjected to an examination and if they are found successful to a certain degree required by the programme they have been admitted to, they are exempted from the relevant course units of the course programme. RPL is also practiced for students who wish to transfer their studies to the equal or an upper levels at an another institution including those from abroad in the same or similar fields. In such cases, students, having received some course units in a previous programme they had studied and having been successful, may be exempted from the same or similar course units of the programmes they are admitted to upon the approval the adaptation committees of the programmes.

At Istanbul AREL University, such implementations are widely used at all levels of study programmes within the framework of related national laws and regulations as such that students, having a certain level of knowledge, skills and competencies in relation to fields such as foreign languages and computer use, prior to admission to the university, are subjected to an examination and if they are found successful to a certain degree required by the programme they have been admitted to, they are exempted from the relevant course units of the course programme.

RPL is also practiced for transfer students, students who wish to transfer their studies previously attended at another higher education institutions to the equal or an upper levels studies, including those from abroad, in the same or similar fields. In such cases, students, having received some course units in a previous programme they had studied and having been successful, may be exempted from the same or similar course units of the programmes they are admitted to upon the evaluation and approval of the adaptation committees of the study programmes of related faculties or graduate schools.