European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System

What is European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)

ECTS is a standard for comparing the study attainment and performance of students of higher education across the European Union and other collaborating European countries. It is a student-centred system based on the student workload required to achieve the objectives of a programme, objectives preferably specified in terms of the learning outcomes and competences to be acquired. For successfully completed studies, ECTS credits are awarded. One academic year corresponds to 60 ECTS-credits that are equivalent to 1500-1800 hours of study in all countries irrespective of standard or qualification type and is used to facilitate transfer and progression throughout the Union

Why introduce ECTS?

ECTS makes study programmes easy to read and compare for all students, local and foreign. ECTS facilitates mobility and academic recognition. ECTS helps universities to organise and revise their study programmes. ECTS can be used across a variety of programmes and modes of delivery. ECTS makes European higher education more attractive for students from abroad. More information here: http://ec.europa.eu./education/programmes/socrates/ects/index_en.html
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