ECTS, ECTS table & assessment

ECTS is a recognised standard developed to promote student mobility and cultural exchanges in Europe. It makes it possible to compare the credit systems adopted by higher education institutions in the European Union to design and implement students' study programmes. Thanks to this system, students who have studied for a period in an EU country can have their learning activities and grades recognised by other foreign universities that meet the standard.

In accordance with the ECTS Users’ guide 2015 and the guidelines of the CHEER project, the University of Basilicata prepares and updates the ECTS tables containing the statistical distribution of the grades achieved by homogeneous groups of students in a given period. 

The ECTS tables are updated every two years and contain the data of the exams and final examinations of the previous three ended academic years (1 November - 31 October).

In the ECTS tables, for each grade, the percentage of students who actually achieved it is reported. They thus show how a national scale of grades is used within an institution, based on its own grading policies, and also allow, through comparison of cumulative percentages, the conversion of grades between different national systems.

By clicking on the name of the School/Department of reference of the course of study, it is possible to view data relating to all the courses of study ordered as follows: degree courses ex DM 270, degree courses ex DM 509, master's degree courses ex DM 270, specialist degree courses ex DM 509 and single-cycle degree courses (if activated). Courses are then classified according to the ministerial class and ISCED code (table of correspondence between the degree programme classes and ISCED codes - Annex 2 DD 389).

Starting from the year 2017, statistics are calculated according to class of degree as per ministerial provisions. 

WARNING: the grades may differ depending on the reference legislation (DM 270 or DM 509) and the same tables also show the grade converted to the ECTS scale. 

The ECTS scale is constructed according to the following rule: 

  • grade A corresponds to the grades obtained by the best 10% of students; 
  • grade B corresponds to the grades obtained by the next 25%; 
  • grade C corresponds to the grades obtained by the next 30%; 
  • grade D corresponds to the grades obtained by the next 25%; 
  • grade E corresponds to the grades obtained by the final 10%. 

The ECTS scale is used on a residual basis for the conversion of grades obtained at institutions that have not yet adopted the ECTS tables, but only the scale. 

It is important to underline that the ECTS scale only allows the transfer of grades between universities in countries belonging to the European Higher Education Area which have adopted the same ECTS scale and should not be confused with other grade scales expressed in letters of the alphabet. Outside the European Higher Education Area, different grading systems exist and often coexist, but no general mechanisms have been defined at international level for the conversion of grades similar to ECTS.

Supporting documents: Students, before arriving, have to agree on a learning agreement for study or for traineeship in case of placement, with the coordinators at home and host institutions detailing the student’s proposed study programme for all the duration of the stay (i.e. individual course units and number of related ECTS credits). This agreement must be approved by all the involved parties prior to the mobility.

At the end of the stay the student will receive a document called Transcript of records, or Traineeship certificate in case of a placement, to ensure that students have an accurate and up-to-date record of their progress, the educational components they have taken, the number of ECTS credits they have achieved and the grades they have been awarded. The transcript of records/traineeship certificate will be issued by the University of Basilicata for each incoming student and sent to the home institution at the end of their period of study.

Assessment methods: Each course is graded on a scale from 1 to 30, with 18 and 30 e lode (30 cum laude) as a minimum and maximum pass grade, respectively. Some exams can be evaluated by pass/fail (pass = superato or idoneo) or by sufficiente (sufficient); buono (good); eccellente or ottimo (excellent). For the final dissertation a 110-point scale is used, which is divided in two as well, with 66 being the minimum grade for passing. For outstanding results, the Lode "praise" is added to the maximum grade”. Please keep in mind that the “Idoneo”/”Pass” or "Approvato/approved" can never be transformed into a numerical grade and "respinto/failed exams" are not usually recorded therefore they cannot be listed in the Transcript of records. It is not possible to record a numerical grade lower than 18. If you fail the exam, you do not obtain the relative credits. 

In line with the ECTS principles in the Italian university system 1 ECTS credit is equal to 1 Credito Formativo Universitario (CFU) that amounts, as for the ECTS credit, to 25 hours of work. Credits are gained by passing end-of-course exams, independent of the marks attained.

The recognition of educational activities, carried out abroad, is regulated by the Regolamento di Ateneo per la mobilità internazionale e per il riconoscimento delle attività svolte all'estero