International Transfer Credit Information

When a student enters HPU as a first-year student, she or he may qualify for up to a total of 30 semester credits (from any one or combined sources) to be counted toward the 120 credits required for HPU graduation, depending on their high school or secondary school curriculum. The university considers this advanced standing credit. European countries have progressive education models that often cover significant course work during the secondary education years making their students often well prepared for the U.S. higher education model. 

 

With advanced standing credit students have more flexibility in their course selection at HPU and may be able to graduate early should this be a goal. Understanding early on the transferability and equivalencies of prior coursework will allow students to enter the university and complete the courses needed to complete their degree program. 

Country

Credit

Danish Studentereksamen

30 credits awarded upon completion of Danish high school diploma with the equivalence of a 3.0 U.S. GPA (final GPA of 8 old grading scale, 7 current grading scale). 

Finnish Ylioppilastutkinto

Minimum score: 8.8, Points Awarded per Subject Area Exam: 8 credits. Maximum of 30 credits total.

French Baccalaureate

Minimum score: 12, Points Awarded per Subject Area Exam: 8 credits. Maximum of 30 credits total.

German Abitur

Minimum grade: 3. Combination of elective, general education or major credit. Maximum of 30 credits total.

GSCE A-Levels

Six (6) semester units for each non-science A level exam; eight (8) semester units for each science exam with a lab component. No credits for AS-level. Maximum of 30 credits total. 

Italian Maturita (Esame Di Stato)

Minimum Score: 7. Credits Awarded per Subject Area Exam: 4 credits. Maximum of 30 credits total. 

Netherlands VWO (Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs)

30 credits awarded upon completion of Dutch VWO diploma with the equivalence of a 3.0 U.S. GPA (an average of 7 on the Dutch grading scale). 

Norwegian Vitnemal - Videregaende Opplcering

Minimum average grade of 4. Combination of elective, general education or major credit through Fall 2016. Maximum of 30 credits total. If student has less than 60 transfer credits from another university, Vitnemal scores can be considered and applied/added up to the 60 transfer credit threshold. 

Swedish Fullstandigt Slutbetyg Fran Gymnasieskolan

30 credits awarded upon completion of Swedish high school diploma with the equivalence of a 3.0 U.S. GPA (VG old grading scale, C current grading scale).

Swiss Matura

Minimum score: 5. Credits Awarded per Subject Area Exam: 8 credits, with a maximum of 30 credits total. 

 

Advanced standing credit may never exceed 30 credits, even in the event of an accumulation of multiple secondary school examinations. Currently only the curriculum from Germany and Norway have been evaluated thoroughly enough to award select General Education credit. Other curriculum may be evaluated in the future to award GE credit. The University does not currently recognize any other secondary school examinations for advanced standing as of December 1, 2015. This list should be evaluated each summer before the next recruitment cycle begins.