Course Exemptions

This exemption policy outlines the principles that apply to students seeking exemption in one or more courses.  For the partial fulfillment of program requirements, Northrise University may grant course exemption for student’s relevant prior tertiary studies and vocational and/or professional experience and training subject to fulfillment of the following:

  1. The applicant must currently be enrolled as a Northrise University student.  For applicants who are not yet enrolled at NU, please see the possible courses that you may be exempted from based on your qualification in this document
  2. The exemption must be for an equivalent academic or professional qualification, i.e. a degree obtained from a recognized institution may have certain courses exempted for another degree offered by Northrise University. A student cannot expect to be exempted when they have a lower qualification except if that lower qualification is a major in one of the courses applied for exemption.
  3. Exemptions will only be considered for individuals who obtained their qualification in the last five years.
  4. Northrise University may require the individual to write and pass an examination if they request to be exempted from a particular course.
  5. Payment of course exemption fee will be required by the University.

Northrise University determines eligibility for exemption only after selection and enrollment into a course or program. Students are required to apply formally in writing by filling in the Course Exemption Form and provide detailed information (such as course descriptions, course content, course outlines, course books, and so on).  All applicants are required to meet the formal entry requirements of courses before they will be allowed to enroll and before any credit can be awarded.

Exemption may be awarded for courses within a program on the basis of the prior completion of courses within the parameters of this policy.  It refers to the approved accreditation of subjects (specified or unspecified) with associated credit points toward a program of study on the basis of approved recognized prior studies (at an equivalent level) that reduces the amount of credit points required for the completion of the current program to which the student has been admitted and for which the credit applies, i.e., it usually reduces the length of a program by the amount of credit points accredited.

Exempted courses are not factored into the calculation of the student’s cumulative GPA.

A student will not normally be granted more than 50% exemption towards the coursework component of the program in which he/she is enrolled. Students will not be granted exemption for research reports, minor theses subjects, or research project subjects.

Exemption Process

It is the responsibility of students applying for exemptions to obtain and submit:

A Request for Exemption Form;

i. A verified transcript of their past academic records indicating the course/subject(s) completed, year completed and grade obtained (including details of the grading system), and weighting of the course/subject as a portion of the total program;

ii. A copy of the course/subject description, including the syllabus or Handbook outline including any information required by the Head of Department and any other information considered relevant by the student.

Students should apply for exemptions upon admission to their academic program.  Students applying for an exemption for a course in a program which they are currently enrolled must do so at least three months prior to that course’ start date.