The European Credit Transfer System

EUROPEAN CREDIT TRANSFER SYSTEM(ECTS)
Most Romanian Universities have been a part of the ECTS system project since 1998. The European Credit Transfer System, was developed by the European Commission for the provision of common and similar procedures which guarantee academic recognition of studies abroad.

ECTS credits are a value allocated to course units to describe the student workload required to complete them. They reflect the amount of work each course requires including lectures, practical work, seminars, private study - in the library or at home - and examinations or other assessment activities.

In ECTS, 60 credits represent the workload of one year of study; normally 30 credits are given for a semester.

Grade Definitions
9-10 EXCELLENT: outstanding performance with only minor errors
8 VERY GOOD: above the average standard but with some errors
7 GOOD: generally sound work with a number of notable errors
6 SATISFACTORY: fair but with significant shortcomings
5 SUFFICIENT: performance meets the minimum criteria
4 FAIL: some more work required before the credit can be awarded
1-3 FAIL: considerable further work is required

The Transcript of Records indicates the credits and the grades according to both the Romanian system and ECTS.

The number of credits is computed, considering a 40 (forty) hours work week. The number of 30 (thirty) credits, allocated to a semester, is divided by 40 to obtain the number of credits for one work hour. This number of credits is multiplied by the number of hours per week allocated to each subject to obtain the total number of credits for one subject per semester.

Credits are transferred from one participating university to another on the basis of the prior learning agreement between the student and the universities involved. Credit transfer takes place when the student has successfully completed the study program previously agreed on and returns to his/her home university.

Here you may find more information on the ECTS system
http://ec.europa.eu./education/programmes/socrates/ects/index_en.html

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