Other common terms Bezeichungene for ECTS are:
- EUROPEAN COMMUNITY COURSE CREDIT TRANSFER
- EUROPEAN CREDIT TRANSFER AND ACCUMULATION
The European System for the accreditation, transfer and
accumulation of credits was developed on the basis of the
ERASMUS project of the European Union. It aims at the easy
exchange of students in Europe.
short description of
ERASMUS ERASMUS initiative of the TUD
background information on ECTS
What is a credit system?
1. What is a credit or credit point system?
It is a systematic way of describing an educational programme
by attaching credits to its components. The measure for
assigning credits is the workload students are expected to
spend to obtain a defined learning outcome.
2. What is ECTS?
The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System is a
system based on the student workload, which is required to
achieve the objectives of a programme, objectives
preferably specified in terms of learning outcomes and
competences to be acquired.
3. How does ECTS work?
The departments allocate a defined number of credits for the
successful completion of a module or unit, which reflect –
among other things – the workload of this module/unit.
Before commencing studies at the host institution, the student,
the home institution and the host institution will define
a Learning Agreement which settles the modules to be completed
using for this purpose the regular Course Catalogue. ECTS is
based on the convention that 60 credits measure the workload of
a full-time student during one academic year.