APEL: Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning

APEL is the process whereby selected applicants are awarded accredited University degrees, by three faculty members of the International Board, in recognition of the applicants’ previous relevant professional experience.

Who May Apply?

APEL degrees are awarded to candidates over 25 years old, who wish to gain recognised qualifications at university level.

AUOL offers you the opportunity to enhance your professional experience, which leads to the potential for increased earnings, with a world-wide recognized university degree.

APEL is a way of granting credit to an individual student who can demonstrate that the learning they have acquired through life experiences is equivalent to the achievement of the learning outcomes for a specific module or Level of study. As such, APEL focuses on the learning gained through experience, rather than the academic experience per se.

World Wide Success

The European Experience

In 2002 the European Council created the VAE (Validation des Acquis de l’Experience) that mandated (article L 613-3) European Universities to grant partly or totally regular degrees based on work experience through a jury of University professors. Today’s Universities, Institutes of Higher education  & Foreign governments accept the VAE and its equivalency as part of their own National degrees.

United States of America

AUOL also evaluates and awards academic credits for prior experiential learning based on guidelines recommended by

  • American Council on Education ( ACE)
  • New York Board of Regents Program on Non-collegiate Sponsored Instruction (PONSI)
  • Council for Advancement of Experiential Learning (CAEL)
  • Defence Activity for Non-Traditional Education (DANTE), American College Testing ( ACT)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

and all recognized credit sources, approved professional experience. As such, APEL focuses on the learning gained through experience, rather than scholastic learning only.

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