Recognition of prior learning means that you can substitute studies in your degree programme with prior learning. When you wish to do so, the content of your prior learning must correspond to the learning outcomes of the course or study module you are hoping to have substituted. The recognition of doctoral studies usually involves substitution because doctoral degrees generally include no other studies than a doctoral thesis and two compulsory study modules.
Inclusion means that your prior learning is incorporated as such into your degree. In this case, the content of prior learning does not need to correspond with courses or study modules. However, the learning acquired must correspond to the level and learning outcomes of your degree programme. You can only include in your degree studies that you have completed in a university in either Finland (universities, the National Defence University) or abroad. In other words, you cannot include in your degree studies that you have completed at a university of applied sciences.
NB: if the course completion methods state that the course can be completed, for example, through a conference, a research visit, a scholarly publication or equivalent method, this is not considered recognition, but rather regular completion of studies. You do not need to apply separately for the recognition of learning. Once you have completed the above activity, you must ensure that your supervisor or your coordinating academic sends the information to be registered.