Credit Transfer, Course Registration, and Credit Equivalency

When you are participating in Outbound Semester Exchange, you are taking academic credits for courses you are taking at a partner university. In principle, those academic credits can be transferred to UPI. This means that some credits required in your study program at UPI can be replaced by the credits you have earned at the partner university. In order to make sure that the credits can be transferred, you need to consult your Academic Advisor and/or Study Program if the credits that you take can be transferred or claimed at UPI.

Each partner university usually provides a tentative list of courses that may be available during your exchange semester and that you can consult with your Academic Advisor and/or Study Program. The process of course selection takes place since your application period to the university until the first few weeks of your exchange semester. During the finalization of course selection, it is imperative that you also consult with your Academic Advisor and/or Study Program.

In addition, accepted students need to inquire immediately to their Study Program or Faculty/School to check on the academic requirements and procedures for Semester 1 2021-2022, such as how to register as a student for 0 SKS and pay the tuition at UPI.

Each region or country has its own academic credit system. Here is the general guideline for the credit equivalency (SKS is the Indonesian credit system):

For Undergraduate Students

For universities in Southeast Asia, Japan and China (Mainland), 1 credit = 1 SKS. In these universities, similar to UPI, students can take up to around 20 total credits per semester.

For universities in Europe, 1 ECTS = 2/3 (or 0.67) SKS (1.5 ECTS = 1 SKS). In these universities, students usually can take up to around 30 total credits (30 ECTS) per semester.

For universities in South Korea, 1 Korean credit equals 5/3 (or 1.67) ECTS (3 Korean credits equal 5 ECTS). That is, 1 SKS = 9/10 (or 0.9) Korean credit. Typically, a maximum number of Korean credits students can take is 19 credits (or around 21 SKS) per semester.

For universities in the USA, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, 1 credit usually equals 2 ECTS. That is, 1 SKS = 3/4 (or 0.75) US / Taiwanese credit.

For Graduate Students

The typical number of credits taken by full-time undergraduate students of UPI are 20 credits / semester, while the typical number for graduate credits are 12 credits / semester. Therefore, 1 graduate credit at UPI is equal to 5/3 undergraduate credits at UPI (3 graduate credits equal 5 undergraduate credits).

For universities in Southeast Asia, Japan and China (Mainland), 1 SKS = 5/3 credits. In these universities, students usually can take up to around 20 total credits per semester (or 12 SKS / Indonesian credit system)

For universities in Europe, 1 SKS is equal to 2/5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) for universities in Europe. At UPI, the typical number of credits taken by full-time graduate students are 12 credits per semester, which would equal to 30 ECTS / semester.

For universities in South Korea, 1 Korean credit equals 1.67 ECTS (3 Korean credits equal 5 ECTS). That is, 1 SKS = 3/2 (or 1.5) Korean credit. Typically, a maximum number of Korean credits students can take is 19 credits (or around 12-13 SKS) per semester.

For universities in the USA, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, 1 credit usually equals 2 ECTS. That is, 1 SKS = 5/4 (or 1.25) US / Taiwanese credit.

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