Frequently asked questions
- Important! Starting from 01.08.2020 (only the applications submitted starting from 01.08.2020) the credit points taken into account through accreditation of prior and experiential learning, including continuing education courses, shall be counted towards completion of a study load.
- Do I have to pay for submitting an APEL application?
In most cases there is a fee for processing the application that is linked to the number credit points you wish to get accredited. Recognising previous studies accomplished at TalTech are free of charge. See more APEL - Fees.
- How many credit points it is possible to get accredited for fulfilling the curriculum?
The prior and experiential learning gained outside TalTech may be accredited to the whole extent of the curriculum, except for the graduation thesis or final examination that is to be defended or completed at TalTech.
- Will my completed credit points become invalid at some point?
There is no time limit as such - the credit points you've passed will always be valid. Still in some cases the content of the course might be outdated and then the assessment is carried out case-based.
- Is there a deadline for presenting an APEL application?
No, there is no deadline. APEL applications can be submitted through the year.
- Which documents have to be enclosed to the APEL application?
Documents enclosed depend on what you want to get recognised:
in case of previous studies - official transcript and course descriptions;
in case of continuing education - certificate of the training or schooling course;
in case of work experience - copy of the employment contract, job description, certificate from the workplace etc.
- What do I benefit from APEL?
Accreditation of prior and experiential learning is a process that might save you time as well as money in completing a degree program. The process reviews learning that may have been mastered through a variety of life experiences, including professional responsibilities, civic and volunteer experiences, military and corporate training, and independent study. Through Prior Learning Assessment, individuals with learning that has been acquired outside of a formal classroom setting have the opportunity to have that learning reviewed for college-level equivalency.
- How does using APEL help me continue my unfinished studies?
If you want to complete your unfinished studies at TalTech, the first step is to turn to the dean's office of your former faculty and present an application of readmission. According to the academic calendar readmission of former students is possible twice during an academic year, in the beginning of fall semester and spring semester.
APEL means Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning, therefore what you have to do, is compare your knowledge and competences gained from your previous experiences with the corresponding curricum (where you're being readmitted to) with an aim to identify the subjects suitable for being accredited on the basis of APEL. Read more from the APEL procedure guide.
- How can I apply APEL for admissions?
If applicants prior qualification does not meet the necessary entrance requirements, APEL can be used for replacing these qualifications - e.g. to study IT at master level, a bachelor at IT is required, but if the person has gained the required knowledge and competences elsewhere, for example worked in IT sector for years – he is allowed apply, although he has a bachelor from another field.
However according to the legislation in Estonia, a person without a previous level of education do not have access to the next - e.g. it is not possible to apply to bachelor studies without a high school diploma.
- Who are assessing the APEL applications?
In most cases the assessment at TalTech is done by the heads of curriculum or leading professors or lecturers, in some faculties and colleges by an APEL committee formed by a group of assessors (occasionally also representatives of employers participate).