European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System
European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a standard for comparing the study attainment and performance of students of higher education across the European Union and other collaborating European countries. For successfully completed studies, ECTS credits are awarded. One academic year corresponds to 60 ECTS credits that are normally equivalent to 1500–1800 hours of total workload, irrespective of standard or qualification type. ECTS credits are used to facilitate transfer and progression throughout the Union. ECTS also includes a standard grading scale, intended to be shown in addition to local (i.e. national) standard grades:
|Country||Credit points per year||Hours per credit point||Credit point name|
|European Union (EU)||60||25-30||ECTS credits|
|EU Member States|
|Austria||60||25||ECTS (also ECTS-Punkte, ECTS credits)|
|Belgium||60||25-30||ECTS (also studiepunten, ECTS)|
|England, Wales and Northern Ireland||120||10||Credits (Open University – points). Two England/Wales/Northern Ireland credits are equivalent to one ECTS credit.|
|Estonia||60||26||ainepunkt (EAP). Currently because many students are still used to the older system the longer name 'euroopa ainepunkt' is more often used for clarity's sake|
|Finland||60||27||opintopiste (op) / studiepoäng (Swedish)|
|Germany||60||25-30||ECTS, Leistungspunkte (LP), Kreditpunkte (KP), Credit Points (CP) or Credits|
|Greece||60||30||ECTS, Credit Points (CP), Μονάδες Φόρτου Εργασίας (Διδακτικές Μονάδες - Δ.Μ) or Credits|
|Italy||60||25||crediti formativi universitari (CFU)|
|Latvia||60||30||ECTS kredītpunkts (equals 1.5 "Latvian" credit points - kredītpunkts (KP))|
|Lithuania||60||~28||kreditai; ECTS kreditai|
|The Netherlands||60||28||studiepunten (ECTS or EC)|
|Poland||60||25-30||punkty ECTS, eceteesy|
|Scotland||120||10||SCQF credit points (2 SCQF points equal 1 ECTS point)|
|Sweden||60||26.667||högskolepoäng (Used from July 2007)|
|EFTA Member States|
|Other European Countries|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||60||25||ECTS bodovi|
|Turkey||60||25-30||AKTS - kredi|
(*) Note: some Bulgarian universities have put a lesser standard for their students, although there is a particular ordinance by the Ministry of Education and Science. In such universities the hours per credit are ≈13, but this does not include the hours spent on self-study. Moreover, an "academic hour" in a Bulgarian educational institution is 40 or 45 minutes long - as in Dutch universities for example.
- European Commission ECTS information
- European Commission ECTS Users' Guide
- The Official Bologna Process - European Higher Education Area Website 2010-2020
- Erasmus+ website of the European Commission
- European Commission ECVET information
- Systemy Akumulacji i Transferu Osiągnięć Na Przykładzie ECTS I ECVET
- EUROPA - Education and Training - Socrates programme - ECTS - European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System
- typical values which can vary between national systems, "academic year" is normative
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- Higher Education Act - Bulgaria, page 12, Promulgated by State Gazette No. 112, December 1995.