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Uni Admissions requested a Transcript of Grades?

Such document isn't issued in my country...

Cristiana
post 4.May.2019, 12:07 PM
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Location: Uppsala
Joined: 4.May.2019

Good afternoon smile.gif

I've been in a huge battle with University Admissions regarding a document for 2 months now. They are not being helpful at all, so I'm going to take a shot and check if anyone here can help me in this.

I completed high school two years ago in Portugal. Last year, I decided to move in with my Swedish family and study in Sweden. Just like every other student, I applied via the University Admissions' website and followed the special instructions for my country, giving them every document they needed. They only requested an ID document, an English proficiency test (I sent them my IELTS) and my Certidão de Habilitações, a high school certificate that shows the units and its correspondent grades. No big deal.

However, in the middle of March, they requested a "transcript of grades" that is never mentioned. I called them to ask what is that document like, since I never heard of such. Seemingly, it's a document that has the units, grades, and also the number of hours I studied each subject. Immediately after finishing the call with University Admissions, I called my school to request that document. That was when I learned that those documents are not issued in Portugal sad.gif

I called University Admissions around 20 times by now. I called my school even more. I've been researching and researching, hoping to find a document that satisfied what they ask for. Nothing. Yesterday, once again, I called UA asking if there is any alternative to the transcript, only to be told there isn't and I should've checked my country requirements (but nothing of such is mentioned there?!) .

I don't know what to do at this point. I got deleted in all my options in the first round and just got unqualified on my top choice on the second one.

Does anyone know what is going on and what to do? Can anyone help me in this?
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Namya
post 4.May.2019, 04:56 PM
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Joined: 7.Mar.2019

Hey!

I am guessing you are applying for your bachelor studies in Sweden?

This is what I found..

https://www.universityadmissions.se/en/All-...untry/Portugal/

If your certificate was in Portuguese , I hope you got it translated officially before submitting it.

Also, transcripts are usually only given my universities/colleges. Are you enrolled in any college? or have been? If you had mentioned that, they might have been asking for those..

Hope I helped smile.gif
All the best
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Man
post 6.May.2019, 09:36 AM
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Joined: 14.Mar.2017

Hello,

I've been in your situation before.


UA will never change their requirements, So the thing is that you have to get the document from your school/university.
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Cristiana
post 6.May.2019, 10:08 AM
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Location: Uppsala
Joined: 4.May.2019

QUOTE (Namya @ 4.May.2019, 04:56 PM) *
Hey!I am guessing you are applying for your bachelor studies in Sweden?This is what I found..https://www.universityadmissions.se/en/All-...untry/Portugal/If your certifica ... (show full quote)


Hey! Sorry, I thought I would get a notification when a reply would appear.

My documents were indeed translated. I’ll never get over the trauma of spending 200€ per translation... But yeah, everything is okay and obeys their requirements :/

I was enrolled in a uni but I did not finish the course, so I did not tell them about it.

Thanks for your help smile.gif
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Cristiana
post 6.May.2019, 10:10 AM
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Location: Uppsala
Joined: 4.May.2019

QUOTE (Man @ 6.May.2019, 09:36 AM) *
Hello,. I've been in your situation before.. UA will never change their requirements, So the thing is that you have to get the document from your school/university.


Guess it won’t be possible for me to enroll in any uni, then. I called my school many times and such transcript is not issued in Portugal at all :/
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Saywhatwhat
post 6.May.2019, 12:56 PM
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Joined: 15.Feb.2018

QUOTE (Cristiana @ 4.May.2019, 01:07 PM) *
Good afternoon I've been in a huge battle with University Admissions regarding a document for 2 months now. They are not being helpful at all, so I'm going to take a ... (show full quote)



It sounds like to me the certidao de habilitacoes IS exactly what a transcript is...

Same thing, different name.

I don’t know what you’ve done so far but I think you need to really stress to them that it is a transcript, it’s just called something different when translated from Portuguese.

Swedes will adhere so strictly to the rules that even when it is obvious what you gave them is a transcript, they will never understand unless it says exactly how they want it, even if that is impossible. They are a thick bunch.

So all I suggest is be firm and make them realize that what you gave them is a translated transcript even if it is called something different.
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Cristiana
post 9.May.2019, 11:19 AM
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Location: Uppsala
Joined: 4.May.2019

QUOTE (Namya @ 4.May.2019, 04:56 PM) *
Hey!I am guessing you are applying for your bachelor studies in Sweden?This is what I found..https://www.universityadmissions.se/en/All-...untry/Portugal/If your certifica ... (show full quote)



QUOTE (Man @ 6.May.2019, 09:36 AM) *
Hello,. I've been in your situation before.. UA will never change their requirements, So the thing is that you have to get the document from your school/university.



QUOTE (Saywhatwhat @ 6.May.2019, 12:56 PM) *
It sounds like to me the certidao de habilitacoes IS exactly what a transcript is...Same thing, different name.I don’t know what you’ve done so far but I think you need to ... (show full quote)



Hey, everyone! Sorry for the late reply, but I’ve got some news! smile.gif

After talking with everyone at my school and being told that the ministry of education was my last resource, I called Uni admissions. I described everything for the 100th time and asked if this was something that happens frequently with Portuguese students, since I couldn’t be the only one sending what they asked on their Portugal’s page. The guy said that the situation, from what he knew, never happened and everything was odd.

The following day he got back to me and said they were able to make the equivalencies this time. I didn’t need any document and it was never my fault. I’m now qualified for all my options smile.gif

Thank you so much, everyone! I’m glad this 2-month battle is over!
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Bsmith
post 9.May.2019, 12:20 PM
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Joined: 25.Jun.2009

Congrats.
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Saywhatwhat
post 13.May.2019, 06:57 AM
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Joined: 15.Feb.2018

Yes, congrats.

Did they finally realize that what you submitted was a transcript?

Scary thought that you will now be educated by the people who can’t figure out something so simple.
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