The Bircham University Transcript


The online diploma and transcript are always issued in English.

Bircham International University adult degree programs merge the best of the two leading higher education systems of the world: Europe and the United States of America. BIU distance learning degree programs follow the current higher education guidelines set forth by the European Union (European Credit Transfer System ECTS) as well as the USA (Generally Accepted Accrediting Practices [GAAP]). All BIU distance learning degree are signed by a professor from a formal traditional university, the President, and the Registrar Official of the University. The BIU distance learning university diploma and transcript do not specify distance learning information. In addition to the diploma and transcript, BIU issues a diploma supplement and a certificate of evaluation of all the studied textbooks and accomplished work (such as reports, projects, and/or thesis).


1 BIU ACADEMIC CREDIT = 15 hours of notional learning = 30 hours of study


Credit composition is the following:

  • 40% - Reading & comprehension
  • 30% - Data organization & writing
  • 20% - Review & formatting. Examples, case studies, etc.
  • 10% - Conclusion & opinion. Critical thinking.


Credit Equivalency Chart

  1 BIU Earned Credit = 1 USA Semester Credit = 2 ECTS Credit 


Distance learning degree program credit composition includes:

  • TRANS - Credits transferred from other institutions.
  • CFLEX - Credits validated from professional experience.
  • CIC - Credits earned at BIU.




The BIU transcript clearly shows the total amount of credits accepted from other educational institutions. Transferred credits are identified with "TRANS" Code followed by a short description (one line) of the major and the name of the awarding institution. A MINIMUM of 30% of the total number of credits required by any adult degree program must be transferred from previous education and/or validated from professional experience in order to gain the admission.




The BIU distance learning university recognizes knowledge and skills acquired through different work and life experiences or independent learning as an equivalent to some online university courses and/or general education credits. The transcript will show the total amount of credits granted from prior knowledge and experience up to a MAXIMUM of 20% of the total credits required to complete any degree program. These credits are identified with "CFLEX" Code. 




CIC = 3 numbers + 3 letters code + course title.

Example: 301TEM  Technology Management


100 numbers stand for General Education courses.

200 numbers stand for General Education courses.

300 numbers stand for Bachelor's, Specialist & Expert courses.

400 numbers stand for Bachelor's courses.

500 numbers stand for Master's courses.

600 numbers stand for Doctorate courses.

700 numbers stand for Doctorate courses.


BIU distance learning university courses account for 3 BIU academic credits each.



Report & credit equivalency


The Bircham University distance learning degree program requires that you read the selected textbooks listed in the Academic Assignment Control form and write reports in English about those books according to the study guide instructions. One report (20 to 35 pages) will usually account for 3 subject courses of 3 credits each. One report is usually assigned to cover around 350 to 400 pages of a textbook. Thus, the following pedagogical effort is calculated:


  • 1 Report = 9 credits = 135 hours of notional learning
  • 375 pages reading and comprehension = 54 hours (40%)
  • Comprehensive reading is assigned an average speed of 7 pages per hour
  • Comprehensive reading includes note taking time
  • Data organization and report draft writing = 40 hours (30%)
  • Notes and data organization is assigned around 10 hours per report
  • Report draft writing is assigned an average speed of 1 page per hour
  • Report review and formatting = 27 hours (20%)
  • Includes textbook review reading and final report writing and formatting
  • Critical thinking, conclusion, and opinion = 14 hours (10%)
  • Personal quality thinking is considered to happen along the study process.
  • Conclusion and opinion are supposed to happen at the end of the process.


The corresponding learning outcomes levels are achieved following the Bircham University Home Study Guide, academic assignment instructions, and through the presentation of the required evaluation units:




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