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What is ECTS?
Diploma in European Educational System
Delivery of Lectures
Problem Based Curriculum
Course Offerings
Admission Requirements
Evaluation and Monitoring

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 a program of study. ECTS is an important element of the Bologna process*. It is meant to help international students 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 at the end of a degree.

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 go abroad and study 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. Study hours (also known as work hours) are estimates because a learner might spend much more time on a course they are not so familiar with and maybe way less on another course, which is exactly in their field of interest and expertise.

How many ECTS is a diploma from ISASS?

Diploma awarded by UNIES through ISASS has SIXTY (60) ECTS points. This means the graduate has ONE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED (1,500) study hours. This total number of hours includes readings, exams, assignments, special projects and applied activities.

Diploma under the European Education System

A diploma under the European Education system is considered as part 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 part of a 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 might accredit these points. Be aware however that Universities are independent and authonomous and they have their rules regarding ECTS accreditation.

In terms of looking for a job related to your ISASS diploma, you can present your diploma with the transcript and course description. This way you can professionally show your possible employer that you underwent a continuing education program and earned a diploma with 60 ECTS points in the end. As ECTS is a standard measure for learning all over Europe, it is an assurance.

One of the many advantages of ECTS is that it is a known measure of acquiring skills and knowledge in Europe. Once it is presented, the receiving party is assured of the readiness of the person with the ECTS credits.

Your biggest take home from earning a diploma is your personal improvement and accomplishments. You can apply it in your current job, use it to transfer profession or go to a formal school.

Delivery of Lectures

ISASS implements a BLENDED LEARNING approach. We are combining the flexibility of an online degree and the rewards of a face-to-face interaction. Studies suggests that student achievement was higher in blended learning experiences when compared to fully online or fully face-to-face set-up. What makes this model perfect for ISASS is the fact that our learners are in a different learning context. They are working, they have previous educational achievements, they are doing contiuing education and they are located in different places with little chance to transfer and leave everything behind should they decide to study. This context is the very foundation of the design of ISASS curriculum and delivery of lectures.

SIXTY (60%) Percent of the modules will be delivered online. Reading will be distributed through an online platform as well as submission of work. Linkages to audio –visual materials and most activities will also be done using digital technology. ISASS online platform will be accessed by all the learners, professors and academic staff. It is equipped with reminder for deadlines, submission buttons, sharing of files, link to educational videos and free chat where all the learners can share their takes on the lessons. This platform will be handled by our academic staff to monitor the progress of each student.

FORTY (40%) Percent of the lectures will be delivered face-to-face. A professor will come to where the learners are (e.g. in Paris, Germany, Italy) to process the learnings from the online sessions. This will give the learners to directly interact with their teacher and develop linkages with their classmates. Face-to-face classes will be carried out every SIX (6) weeks. Teachers will come wherever the learners are to physically deliver the courses. Classes will be held on a weekend – preferably Sunday afternoon. The location of the class will be announced ONE (1) month before the start of the face-to-face classes and in a place accessible to everyone.

Problem Based Curriculum

ISASS curriculum is speficially designed to answer the needs of the learners and the community in which they operate. Real world problems are at the center of our curriculum design and implementation. In this scenario, teachers act as moderators, facilitators of learning and academic guide or mentor instead of merely providers of facts. Our learners are trained to identify problems, investigate and then provide a creative, up-to-date, practical and applicable solutions.

This strategy is expected to increase the critical thinking and creative skills, motivate the learners to be self-sufficient and self-reliant and transfer knowledge to real life scenarios.