What is ECTS ?

ECTS, the European Credit Transfer System, was developed by the Commission of the European Communities in order to provide common procedures to guarantee academic recognition of studies abroad. It provides a way of measuring and comparing learning achievements, and transferring them from one institution to another.

The ECTS system is based on the principle of mutual trust and confidence between the participating higher education institutions. The few rules of ECTS, concerning information on courses available, agreement between the home and host institutions, and the use of credit points to indicate student workload are set out to reinforce this mutual trust and confidence. Each department describes the courses it offers, not only in terms of content but also allocating credits to each course.

ECTS makes use of 3 important documents : the information package, that provides general information on the host institution and detailed descriptions of the degree programs and courses available; the learning agreement that lists the courses the student enrolls for at the welcoming institution; the transcript of records that shows the learning achievements of the student after the period of study abroad. The transcript records every course taken by the student and includes the number of ECTS credits completed, as well as the grade awarded according to the local grading scale and the ECTS grading scale.


The ECTS credits and marks

ECTS credits are a value allocated to course units to describe the student workload required to complete them. They reflect the quantity of work each unit requires in relation to the total quantity of work required to complete a full semester of academic study, i.e. lectures, practical work, seminars, private study and examinations or other assessments. 30 ECTS credits represent the workload of a semester of study.

Credits are awarded only when the course unit has been completed and all required examinations have been successfully passed.

An ECTS  grade is calculated automatically for each course unit and appears on the transcripts of results:

A : first 10% of the students credited in the subject (excellent)

B : 25% following (very good)

C : 30% following (good)

D : 25% following (satisfactory)

E : 10% following (pass)

F : insufficient, an extra work is needed to get the credits.

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