ECTS at a glance
The ECTS (European Credit and Accumulation System) was established to facilitate the evaluation and recognition of qualifications and units of learning as well as student mobility. Based on student's workload to achieve educational programme goals, in terms of learning outcomes, the system facilitates the process of academic recognition of study programmes, making them easily readable and comparable The ECTS can be applied to all types of programmes, whatever their mode of delivery (school-based, work-based), the learners’ status (full-time, part-time) and to all kinds of learning (formal, non-formal and informal).
The ECTS is based on the following key features:
- ECTS credits represent the "quantified means of expressing the volume of learning based on the workload students need in order to achieve the expected outcomes of a learning process at a specific level" Source: ECTS Users' Guide;
- the Information Package includes all the useful information for student and staff about the Institutions, school/Departments, about educational programmes and components;
- The Learning Agreement for studies/traineeships describes in detail the programme of study (exams, work thesis, practical work, placement, etc.) that the student are going to attend abroad, with the corresponding ECTS credits, awarded if the educational component will be successfully completed at the end of the period abroad;
- Transcript of Records/Traineeship certificate certifies the work completed, the credits awarded and the local grades received during the mobility period.
For a closer examination:
EGRACONS Project (European GRAde CONversion System), funded by the European Commission. It aims at developing a user-friendly web-based tool for grade conversion that will be made available to all European HEIs on a voluntary basis enabling a transparent interpretation of students' accomplishments.
CIMEA website to understand more about international grading scale