The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is a student-centered system based on the workload students have to undertake in order to meet the objectives of an academic program, which are defined in terms of learning outcomes and skills to be acquired.
ECTS makes it easier to understand and compare study programs for both local and international students. It also facilitates international mobility and academic recognition. Here are some key facts:
- An ECTS credit is a numerical value that reflects the overall amount or work to be provided by the student in order to meet the program’s objectives and is attributed to each Teaching Unit.
- Each degree requires that a specific number of credits be obtained and the duration of studies is expressed in ECTS credits.
- 180 ECTS credits are needed for a European Bachelor’s degree.
- 60 ECTS credits are needed for a Level I European Master’s degree – with the admission prerequisite of a Bachelor degree.
- 120 ECTS credits are needed for a Level II European Master’s degree – with the admission prerequisite of a Bachelor degree.
- The ECTS credits are registered throughout the academic year and are recorded at the end of each year on an annual Transcript of Records.
- With respect to ongoing studies, the annual Transcript of Records that each student receives enables an direct recognition of their degree, regardless of the country they choose to continue their studies in.