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General Guidelines for Credit Transfer

These are guidelines generally applying to all private and public universities in Tanzania, as approved by the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals of Universities in Tanzania (CVCPT)

Basic Guiding Rules:

  • The rules primarily apply only for undergraduate programmes.
  • No more than one third of credits required for graduation can be transferred, and should not include credits of the last four semesters.
  • Credits for dissertation and final year project shall not be transferred.
  • No credit may be transferred in practical based or field based subjects
  • Credit may be transferred only where at least 75% of the syllabus and course content is the same and the difference in contact hours (or its equivalent) not more than 10%.
  • The actual grades of the credited courses shall be determined using equivalence comparison of the grading systems of the target universities.
  • Credit earned more than 5 years shall not be transferred.
  • Students who have been discontinued from studies due to cases of cheating or other forms of examination misconduct shall not be allowed to transfer any credit.
  • Only credits from accredited universities can be transferred.
  • The Senate of the target University shall have the final say on credits to be transferred.

The Procedure for Credit Transfer

  • Before being considered for transfer credit from one university to another, the student must meet the admission criteria of the target university by applying for admission into the first year of the desired programme.
  • Once admission is secured, the student will be required to register for year 1 (level one). At this stage, the student may then apply for credit transfer through the Department and Faculty.A fee of Tsh 100,000 must accompany the application for credit transfer for local students. International students pay a credit transfer fee of USD 100.
  • The application for credit transfer will be submitted to the DVC responsible for academic affairs, and must be accompanied with officially endorsed documents (transcripts), photo attached personal identification from previous institution, passport, ID, or birth certificate, and a letter of attestation from the previous university, confirming that the student has not been discontinued due to cheating or examination misconduct.
  • Credits shall only be transferred where the courses are comparable in nature, scope, content, depth and level between the two universities.