A student who has passed public, professional, or other examinations/tests recognised by the University or has successfully completed a course at an appropriate level offered by the University or another tertiary institution may apply for credit transfer/course exemption. Nonetheless, as noted under the “Applications from New Students upon Admission”, the transfer of credits upon admission should be a one-off exercise, and no subsequent transfer of credits will be approved during the course of the student’s study at Lingnan University except for newly gained qualifications after admission. Please refer to “Highlights of Relevant Academic Regulations” for more details.
For a student who has participated in an approved student exchange programme of Lingnan University, credits of recognised courses obtained from the partner institution will normally be transferred to his/her undergraduate degree programme at the University as approved by the Programme Director/Head of Department of his/her Major programme.
All exempted or recognised courses and the number of credits transferred will be shown in the student’s transcript. The actual grades/marks of recognised courses obtained in the partner institution will be shown in the transcript of the student, but will not be counted in the calculation of grade point averages.
Procedures for Applying Credit Transfer and Course Exemption
A student is required to obtain from the Registry an application form* for credit transfer/course exemption.
A student should seek approval by submitting the application form and supporting documents to the Head of the Academic Unit offering the similar course or to the Programme Director/Head of Department of his/her Major programme^ when no similar course is identified. In case the Programme Director^ considers that the course taken falls in the Major discipline(s) of the student, he/she should refer the application to the Head of the Academic Unit offering courses in the discipline for endorsement. In case the Programme Director/Head of Academic Unit^ considers that the course/examination taken may be considered a course in the Core Curriculum, he/she should refer the application to the Director of Core Curriculum and General Education.
^ The role of the Programme Director/Head of Department is taken up by the Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) of the Faculty of Arts for a student whose Major programme has not been allocated or a student registered for an interdisciplinary Major or a student-designed Major offered by the Faculty of Arts.
A student should submit the completed form, supporting documents and approval from different units listed above to the Registry for further process. All such applications must be accompanied by original supporting documents and their photocopies. The Registry will return the original supporting documents to the applicant after inspection.
Time Frame of Application and Results Announcement
A student is required to submit the application before the beginning of a term. For year courses, applications should be submitted before the beginning of the first term.
The application should be approved by the Programme Director/Head of Academic Unit concerned (or the Dean for a student whose Major programme has not been allocated)/Director of Core Curriculum and General Education, within two weeks after the beginning of a term.
Note: Application results of credit transfer/course exemption as decided by respective academic units are final and no appeal against the decisions will be accepted.
* There is a specified application form for credit transfer for out-bound exchange students. For details, please refer to the webpage of Office of Global Education.