European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)
A student oriented credit system based on the workload of the students
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European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) makes teaching and learning more transparent and facilitates the recognition of studies (formal, non-formal and informal). The system is used across Europe for credit transfer (student mobility) and credit accumulation (learning paths towards a degree).

Institutions which apply ECTS publish their course catalogues on the web, including detailed descriptions of study programmes, units of learning, university regulations and student services. Course descriptions contain learning outcomes (what students are expected to know, understand and be able to do) and workload (the time students typically need to achieve the learning outcomes), expressed in terms of credits. In most cases, student workload ranges from 1,500 to 1,800 hours for an academic year, and one credit corresponds to 25-30 hours of work.

The basic principles of ECTS are summarised in the ECTS Key Features that can be obtained from the following link of the European Commissioní official web site:

http://ec.europa.eu/education/lifelong-learning-policy/doc48_en.htm#doc1

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