Academic approval



Requirement for documentation

​If you apply for exemption for an examination, you must attach documentation that the basis for the application covers the course content in the BI courses for which you are applying for an exemption (see the course description).

Applications with deficient forms and/or deficient / irrelevant documentation will be rejected, but you can reapply for exemption within the same application period, or during later application periods​

Documentation of formal competence

The following documents must accompany the application:

  • official copy of certificates / transcripts

  • course descriptions including content, level, scope, learning outcome and forms of examination in relevant courses in which you have previously taken examinations

  • if course descriptions are not in English or Norwegian (or Danish / Swedish), official approved translation must be attached 

  • curriculum lists

  •  if the examination was taken at a foreign university / college, the course’s weighting in relation to full annual progression must be documented.

  • college / university must have documented public approval in the country where it is based.


Documentation of non-formal competence

An application for exemption from an examination on the basis of non-formal competence / prior work and learning experience must be sufficiently documented for professional assessments to be made.

Such documentation can be, e.g.;

  • Confirmation or certificate from employer or voluntary organisation which describes the applicant’s work tasks and participation in concrete work operations or work areas, including which work methods the person concerned has applied. The scope and content of any formalised professional guidance given to the applicant must also be accounted for.

    The confirmation / certification must be signed and dated, and indicate the duration of employment / affiliation with the organisation, the applicant’s position / organisational duties and full-time/part-time position. We recommend that the documentation be written on the basis of the application for exemption, as general references do not normally cover the documentation requirements for such an application.

  • Course certificates with course descriptions documenting the course’s scope, content and level.

  • Published articles, reports, etc. within the subject area or discipline in question.

  • Work samples, products, etc. within the subject area or discipline in question. The applicant must be able to document that the presented work is the applicant’s own.

BI Norwegian Business School can request presentation of the originals of these documents. BI may also request verification of documents directly from the issuer. 

Last Modified: 01/11/2017 11:22