The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)
What is ECTS?
The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a student-centered system based on the student workload (measured by learning hours) required to achieve the objectives of their program of study. ECTS is an important element of the Bologna process*. Its objective is to guide international students to make the most of their study abroad experience. The only exception not included or accepted by the ECTS is the final degree certificate; the exam that you would normally take towards the end of your degree course.
What are ECTS credits good for?
The ECTS credit system makes degree programs and student performance more transparent and comparable all across European Union countries. ECTS replaced or complemented the different local (national) standards within Europe.
Thanks to the ECTS credit system, students from EU-countries can have the opportunity to travel abroad and study for a degree that will be universally accepted all throughout the European Union.
Variation of ECTS
Depending on the country, ONE (1) ECTS credit point can equal on average between 25 and 30 study hours. These study hours (also known as work hours) are estimates because a learner might invest more time learning a course they are not as familiar with and less time on another that they may have experience and expertise in.
How many ECTS is a diploma from ISASS?
The Diploma awarded by ISASS in partnership with UNIES has Sixty (60) ECTS points, which is translated into One Thousand Five Hundred (1,500) study hours. This total number of hours includes all the readings, exams, assignments, special projects and applied activities given throughout the course. 1 ECTS is equivalent to about 25 learning hours, therefore 60 ECTS would total 1,500 learning hours.
Diploma under the European Education System
A diploma completed under the European Education system is considered as proof of continuing education. Although the diploma awarded by UNIES through ISASS carries with it SIXTY (60) ECTS points, it is NOT A DEGREE. It is considered as an intensive, 6 month continuing education/training program.
You can use your earned ECTS points from this diploma should you wish to go to a formal school. Formal educational learning institutions may vary in accrediting all the earned points. Be aware however that Universities are independent and autonomous and they have their own rules regarding ECTS accreditation. Please review the accreditation rules for each University you wish to apply to using your European diploma.
In terms of pursuing a job after completing your diploma with ISASS, you can present your diploma with your transcript and course description. This way, you can show your future employer that you professionally underwent and completed a continuing education program and earned a diploma with 60 ECTS points.
One of the many advantages of ECTS is that it is a known and standard measure of acquiring skills and knowledge in Europe, therefore it is an assurance. Once it is presented, the receiving party is assured of the readiness of the person with the earned ECTS credits.
The most notable advantages from earning a diploma are your personal improvements and academic accomplishments. You can apply it to your current job, use it to transfer professions or continue your education at a formal university or school.