The qualification program is obligatory for all applicants seeking admission into undergraduate and graduate study programs at the University of Northwest Europe. It is further available to all applicants who do not hold a first university degree or a comparable diploma. It provides for open access to the university without holding formal entrance qualifications.
During this process all prior qualifications, academic and/or professional are verified according to the European Qualifications Framework EQF which constitutes the reference framework for all National Qualification Frameworks of the single EU member states.
In conformity with the respective National Qualifications Framework, which is applicable for the classification of the national qualifications presented by a candidate, the assignments of the qualifications to a defined level of the framework are verified and documented.
In case of non EU qualifications, the credentials presented by a candidate will be assessed and evaluated in conformity with available information and resources in cooperation with specialized credential evaluation services. (official networks like NARIC, UNESCO,and other international or national services, and credential evaluation agencies) The result of the verification and the assignment comparable to an EQF level will then be classified anddocumented.
Certificate of Qualification
Upon completion of the validation program, UNorthwest will issue a Certificate of Qualification, which is the formal document for admission into all undergraduate and graduate study programs at this institution.
A professional qualification assigned to EQF / NQF level 6 (first university degree “Bachelor”) is equivalent to Bachelor level, but not homogeneous. That means that you have not “earned” an authentic Bachelor degree, nor have you been awarded a Bachelor degree. If this is the case, you will need to earna further portion of 60 ECTS in order to complete original undergraduate degree requirements in order to achieve Bachelor degree level.
Admission with Advanced Standing
Candidates who can document advanced learning through professional, academic, or non-formal and informal learning experiences which were achieved after the attainment of the original qualification for which a Certificate of Qualification was granted by the UNorthwest, may participate in a Validation Program in order to achieve advanced standing into undergraduate (Bachelor completion) programs orgraduate (master level) programs. The evaluation of non-formal and informal learning is conducted in line with the EQF/Council Recommendation on the validation of non-formal and informal learning of 20 December 2012 which recommends the evaluation and integration of “assessed” non-formal and informal learning experiences into the process of lifelong learning.
If a candidate’s application documents produce a learning outcome above the level achieved in the Certificate of Qualification, a Validation program (“Validation of non-formal and informal learning”) is offered byUNorthwest. This validation program which is conducted on the basis of documentation submitted by a candidate, may pave the way for admission with advanced standing into undergraduate (Bachelor completion) programs orgraduate (master level) programs.
Through an evaluation portfolio, a thorough review of the applicant’s documentation is conducted. The evaluation of non-formal and informal learning is conducted in line with the EQF/Council Recommendation on the validation of non-formal and informal learning of 20 December 2012 which recommends the evaluation and integration of “assessed” non-formal and informal learning experiences into the process of lifelong learning.
Formal and informal learning experiences and other relevant data are assessed and evaluated in conformity with nationally and internationally applied standards, and widely accepted methods and experiences. As far as existing parameters are available to frame the evaluation process, they will be considered. The evaluation process concludes with the classification of acquired skills and is measured analogous to the acquired knowledge of the respective field of study. The results of the experiential skills are set in a relationship to the applicable subject areas and periods of learning in order to obtain an approximate credit value for measurement and classification.