European Credit Transfert System
In order to ensure the transparency and comparability of different European curricula, ECTS – European Credit Transfer System – is a methodology that promotes readability of educational pathways between sectors and institutions of different education systems.
This system is based on five basic elements: the credits, the information file, the study contract, the transcript and academic recognition.
ECTS = Credits
An academic year is worth 60 ECTS credits, a semester is worth 30 ECTS credits and a quarter 15 credits.
The credits reflect the quantity of work each course is based on in regard to the total volume of work necessary to complete a full year in the facility. Each class is assigned a value in credits, corresponding to the volume of work that the student is supposed to provide for each of them. The credits can be assigned to internships and study projects when they are an integrated part of the curriculum.
ECTS = Information Kit
The brochure of the foreign university that has been chosen contains information about the courses provided (term objectives, content’s level, language of instruction).
Students choose their courses well aware of their every aspect.
ECTS = Study contract to do part of their studies abroad
In the case of a structured exchange program with your school, you prepare your departure from the information provided in the brochures or websites of the host university. You fill in with your head teacher and the contact in charge of international relations the learning agreement that formalizes the choice of courses you will follow abroad.
Before you leave, your head-teacher and the person in charge of international relations must approve your course selection on the learning agreement and send it to the host university with your application.
You can change your contract on arrival abroad and then you have three weeks to get it signed again. After this time, the contract cannot be changed during the year.
ECTS = Transcript of records
From a qualitative point of view, the evaluation formalises the ECTS you got. Exchange students follow the same classes and are subject to the same assessments as other local students.
The host university will send your transcript of records to your original school based on the local rating system, as well as the corresponding ECTS credits and grades obtained according to the ECTS scale:
Please note: Only students who successfully completed their assessment are listed.
The ECTS system focuses on the assessment of the student, in relation to other scores, of the full promotion students. Associated with the local marking system, ECTS adds information and promotes the transfer of grades without prejudice from one country to another.
ECTS = Academic recognition
At the end of your training in the host school, your marks will be converted into your national system in accordance with the ECTS grading scale. Your marks will thus be reinstated, and academic recognition of your achievements abroad assured. You can then resume your normal course of study as your study period abroad has been fully taken into account.
Beside a multicultural and very rewarding experience, you will have validated your year of study abroad as if you had remained in your home school.
For more information on the ECTS or any interpretation problem, see the following documents in pdf format (Download Acrobat Reader) :
- ECTS definition.
- Allocation of ECTS.
- The course catalogue.
- Application form.
- Transcript of records.
- Transcript of records form (en).
- ECTS grading scale.