European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System "ECTS"
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ECTS was developed by the European Commission as a means of facilitating academic recognition and the transfer of credits from one university institution to another using a common basis of measurement.
ECTS provides a means of building bridges between institutions and widening the choices available to students. The system makes it easier for institutions to recognise the learning achievements of students through the use of commonly understood system – credits and grades. It also provides a means to interpret between national systems of higher education.
The ECTS system is based on three core elements: information (on study programmes and student achievement), mutual agreement (between the partner institutions and the student) and the use of ECTS credits (to indicate student workload).
Full academic recognition is a basic requirement for student mobility within the Erasmus and Socrates Programmes. Full academic recognition means that the study period abroad (including examinations or other forms of assessment) replaces a comparable period of study at the home university (including examinations or other forms of assessment), though the content of the agreed study programme may differ.
In ECTS, 60 credits represent the workload of an academic year of study, normally 30 credits for a semester and 20 credits for one term. Until recently in Austrian higher education, course units have been traditionally measured in semester hours per week but now are also measured in ECTS credits.
The number of ECTS credits for each course is indicated in the online course catalogue of BOKU. Students receive ECTS upon the successful completion of a course. Credits are transferred from one university to another on the basis of a prior learning agreement between the student and the universities involved. Course information (course content, prerequisites, assessment etc.) is available in the online course catalogue.
Acknowledgement by the home university is based on the Learning Agreement, which is agreed upon by both participating universities as well as the student him or herself. There is information about the courses in the online course catalogue (course content, course prerequisites, assessments, registration etc.). After students have completed their studies at BOKU, they will receive a transcript of records which lists all courses completed and the grade according to the Austrian and ECTS scheme. This will provide your home institution with the information necessary to transfer courses.
ECTS Grading Scale
The ECTS grading scale is based on a combined use of appropriate key terms and numerical definitions, which ensures the system remains transparent.
Austrian grades are comparable to ECTS grades as follows (new since 01.10.2015):
1 (sehr gut)
5 (nicht genügend)
At BOKU, 1 ECTS equals 25 hours of work.
ECTS Institutional Coordinator
Dr. Margarita Calderon-Peter
Tel.: +43 1 47654 32001
Fax: +43 1 47654 32009