Since October 21, 2023, learning outcomes of non-formal learning that cannot be recognized according to § 78 para. 1 and 2 University Act can be validated/recognized at Universität Innsbruck up to a maximum of 60 ECTS credits

The standards and procedures for validation of non-formal learning have been defined at Universität Innsbruck in the statute section Validation (German only).

Definition of terms formal, non-formal, informal learning


Application for validation


Validation applications can only be submitted by students for those studies for which they are enrolled. 

Application components

The application for validation has to compare the non-formal learning outcomes to be validated with those formal learning outcomes and examinations in the curriculum of the reported study program for which validation/recognition is requested.

For this purpose, the form "Supplementary Sheet" must be used, which is an integral part of the application for validation.

In any case, the applicant has to enclose documents of the issuing institution in German or English language to the application, which provide information about

- the acquisition of the learning outcomes (e.g. examination confirmation, proof of learning outcomes)

- the amount of work required to achieve the learning outcomes (e.g. working hours)

- the purpose of learning, any learning materials and form(s) of learning 

- the type of assessment

Furthermore, the applicant may enclose documents that provide information about a possible

- Accreditation of the institution or any valid quality seals of the institution that has described and assessed the non-formal learning outcomes.

- Assignment of the learning outcomes to the National Qualifications Framework or description of the level of the acquired learning outcomes (e.g. by means of descriptors)


The application including all digitized documents must be sent by email to

Assessment standard, criteria

The non-formal learning outcomes submitted for validation are to be evaluated on the basis of the submitted written documents. The criteria specified in § 2 of the "Validation" section of the statutes are to be used when assessing the learning outcomes. If, even after any deficiencies have been remedied, the submitted documents do not show according to § 3 para. 2 of the validation section of the statutes, the application shall be rejected if the documents submitted do not show, or do not show with sufficient significance, that the test standard has been met.

Decision (Notification)

After the validation procedure has been carried out, the decision on recognition as an examination for a regular or associate degree program pursuant to § 78 UG is made by means of a notice issued by the body responsible for study matters.

Duration of the validation procedure

In deviation from § 73 AVG, applications for recognition shall be submitted no later than two months after receipt of the application. § 60 (3a) University Act shall apply mutatis mutandis.


If the written application contains deficiencies, the body responsible for study law matters shall immediately arrange for their rectification and order the applicant to rectify the deficiency within a reasonable period of time, with the effect that the application shall be rejected if this period expires without results. If the deficiency is remedied in a timely manner, the application shall be deemed to have been properly filed originally.

Documents in foreign languages

If documents are submitted in a language other than German or English, they must be accompanied by a translation prepared by a sworn and court-certified interpreter.

Contact and queries

Please forward all questions regarding validation in writing by email to

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