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Diploma Supplement

Diploma Supplement

In Oulu University of Applied Sciences a Diploma Supplement is automatically issued to all graduates of the degree programmes free of charge. The diploma Supplement is a document in English attached to an original Finnish degree certificate aiming at improving international 'transparency' and at facilitating the academic and professional recognition of qualifications. It is designed to provide a description of the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies that were pursued and successfully completed by a student. It also gives information on the national higher education system and universities of applied sciences' position in it. A Transcript of Records in English is attached to the Diploma Supplement, where all the completed courses and grades are listed.

Diploma Supplement is not a substitute for the original qualification or a transcript, but it gives more information about the qualification. It offers easier access to job opportunities or further studies abroad, because the Diploma Supplement makes it easier for the employers and educational institutions to assess the skills and qualifications of the graduates. However, the diploma Supplement is not an automatic system that guarantees recognition abroad, but it facilitates academic and professional recognition, thus increasing the transparency and comparability of qualifications.

Please see also the information sheet on Diploma Supplement fileicon of the Finnish National Board of Education.

The length of the degree programme is given in Finnish credits and ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System). From 1 January 2005 onwards the Finnish credits are equal with the ECTS credits. A degree of 210 credits corresponds to 210 ECTS credits, 240 credits to 240 ECTS credits and 270 credits to 270 ECTS credits.

A specimen of an awarded Diploma Supplement and Transcript of Records fileicon

For further information, please contact:

International Relations Officer Marjo Pääskylä


Oulu University of Applied Sciences Awarded a Diploma Supplement Label

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The European Commission has awarded a Diploma Supplement (DS) Label to institutions that ensure transparency and recognition by issuing correct Diploma Supplements. The Commission has awarded the DS Label to Oulu UAS three times. The new DS Label is valid for 2013–2016. The first DS Label was awarded to Oulu UAS in 2004 among the 28 first higher education institutions in Europe.

The Diploma Supplement, developed by the European Commission, Council of Europe and UNESCO/CEPES is a document attached to a degree certificate. It is designed to provide a description of the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies that were pursued and successfully completed by the individual named on the original qualification to which this supplement is appended. Requirements for receiving the DS Label include, among other things that a Diploma Supplement will be issued in a widely spoken European language and free of charge to all students upon graduation in all first and second cycle degree programmes. Moreover, the Diploma Supplement given must be correct and in accordance with the requirements set for it.

More information on the Diploma Supplement can be found at the European Commission website. Please see also the Diploma Supplement Label holders on the website of the EACEA, Executive Agency.