ECTS (European Credit Transfer System)
Europe is a heaven for pursuing higher studies. The education system is more student friendly, especially when one is a knowledge seeker. To facilitate learning and make the knowledge sharing more easily and friendly to international students, European countries have developed an ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). The system allows international students to move from one country to another within Europe in search of projects, quality education etc. The system is purely based upon the career achievements and course credits a student may have earned; the student or scholar can further use these credits in another university for completion of degree. The credits and achievements are treated in same manner in another European university as they were supposed to be treated in the first university. To cut the long story short, via ECTS you can take your credits in any other university and would be treated at par.
The ECTS system is a part of the larger Bologna process where 48 European countries have come together to make their different sectors like, higher education, universities, teaching, research, employers, quality assurance agencies etc. more efficient. ECTS as part of Bologna process make variety of national systems more than compatible. International students pursuing their higher education can get involve in exchange programme within the study period and complete one part of the study in other university and country in which they are not enrolled. All the credits achieved in both university in such case will be compiled with no discrimination to assess the final output of academic learning.
It is worth to note that with ECTS in place between national systems, it eliminates the disparity that may exist in assessing educational qualifications. For. Example, if you have done your graduation in Europe and wish to pursue Post graduation from a different country within Europe, you need not to transform your credits as they are treated same across Europe. However, not all ECTS points are equal. For example – 1 ECTS point in Belgium, Romania & Germany will be of 30 study hours whereas, in Netherlands 1 ECTS is equal to 28 study hours, Finland has 27 study hours for gaining 1 ECTS point and so on. International students can credit ECTS points to move to next level. ECTS points can be earned via seminars, conferences, no. of classes, study hours etc.
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