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What is ECTS?

ECTS stands for the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System. It is a standard system for measuring and comparing the academic achievements of students across the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).

ECTS is based on the principle of student workload, which includes the time spent in lectures, seminars, and practical work, as well as independent study and assessment. One ECTS credit corresponds to 25-30 hours of student workload.

ECTS is designed to make it easier for students to transfer credits between institutions, both within their own country and across borders. It also facilitates the recognition of academic qualifications across the EHEA.

Under the ECTS system, each course is assigned a certain number of credits, which reflect its workload. Students are awarded credits for each course they successfully complete, and the total number of credits they accumulate determines whether they are eligible to progress to the next level of their studies, or to graduate.

The use of ECTS is very important in the EHEA, and it is widely recognized and used by higher education institutions in other parts of the world as well. The ECTS system helps to promote transparency, comparability, and mobility in higher education, and it is an important tool for promoting the European Higher Education Area.


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