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Credit/Exemption Procedure

If you have previous studies that are relevant to your current academic program, you can request to receive course credit or an exemption based on your prior learning.

What is the difference between ANU credit and exemption?

ANU credit means you receive units towards completing your program at ANU, thus reducing the number of courses you must complete to complete your program.

ANU exemption is an alternative option at ANU is that you may be able use your prior study to exempt you from a prerequisite but not provide credit towards your program.

Step 1: Check your eligibility

  1. Studying an undergraduate or postgraduate program at the College of Business & Economics.
  2. Submit your application by Tuesday 20 February for Semester 1 2018 or Tuesday 24 July for Semester 2 2018.
  3. Undergraduate students must comply with the Undergraduate program eligibility requirements.

If you are applying for course credit/exemption for the Master of Actuarial Studies or Master of Actuarial Practice programs, please refer to the Master of Actuarial Studies and Master of Actuarial Practice credit/exemption procedure instead.

Step 2: Apply

To apply for credit or exemptions you need to submit the following documents to

  • A completed credit application form
  • An official transcript (scanned in colour, not required if courses were completed at ANU)
  • Detailed course outline form or course outlines from your previous institution/s if they include:
    • Detailed course description
    • Detailed list of topics covered
    • Prescribed textbook and other required reading
    • Prerequisites including the outlines or descriptions of those prerequisite courses
    • Contact Hours
    • Assessment types
    • The ANU course code which you believe this course qualifies you for (for example, you would like to apply for credit from FINM7006 on the basis of you having completed [insert course] in your prior studies)

If documents are written in a language other than English, the document must be accompanied by a complete English translation. The College will only accept documents translated by a certified translator from the National Accreditation Authority for Translators & Interpreters (NAATI).

Step 3: Await notification

Application outcomes will be sent to students ANU email accounts only. The college aims to respond to all applications submitted before the application deadlines within 10 working days. Please note, many external (non-ANU) applications need to be assessed by the appropriate course conveners and this timeframe may be extended in some cases.

Appealing your outcome

Appeals relating to course credit may be made under the Undergraduate Award Rules or Postgraduate Award Rules.

If you are dissatisfied with the decision regarding your request for course credit, you may appeal to the College Associate Director of Students and Learning to review the decision. This appeal must be made in writing within 20 working days of the date of advice of the original decision. This appeal needs to be submitted to

You may appeal the decision of Associate Director of Students and Learning to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) on procedural grounds only. This appeal must be made in writing within 20 working days of the date of advice of the decision by the College Associate Director of Studenst and Learning.

Updated:   18 July 2017 / Responsible Officer:  Dean, Business & Economics / Page Contact:  College Web Team