ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) fosters the transparency and quality of degree programmes, and facilitates the recognition of formal, non-formal and informal studies. The system applies across Europe to the transfer and recognition of academic performance to promote student mobility and the accumulation of qualifications (recognition of periods of study contributing to the attainment of a university degree). ECTS also provides guidance on curriculum design and quality assurance for degree programmes.
ECTS Credits measure the workload of students, i.e. the time students typically require to achieve the desired learning outcomes (including lectures, seminar papers, projects, practical work, self-study, exam preparation, etc.). The workload for one academic year ranges from 1,500 to 1,800 hours, one credit equals the workload of 25 to 30 real-time hours; an academic semester corresponds to 30 ECTS credits. Hence, Erasmus students usually have to complete 30 ECTS credits for a semester abroad.
The transfer and accumulation of ECTS credits is facilitated by the ECTS key documents – course catalogues and descriptions, learning agreements, transcripts of records and the diploma supplement.
ECTS credits also indicate the level of performance required for vertical mobility and admission to higher-level degree courses. However, final responsibility for performance-related decisions rests with the universities themselves.
More information can be found under: ECTS User´s Guide 2015
The Diploma Supplement is an attachment to a higher education diploma. It aims to foster international transparency and facilitate the recognition of qualifications in a national and international context. The Diploma Supplement provides a standardized description of the nature and level of the qualification obtained by graduates (i.e. information identifying the holder of the qualification; the qualification, its level and function; the contents and results gained; certification of the supplement; details of the national higher education system plus any additional information); the exchange semester and traineeships are listed as additional qualifications. Therefore, the Diploma Supplement also informs employers and institutions of higher education about students` qualifications. Therefore, the Diploma Supplement ensures fair recognition of qualifications, aids mobility, provides access to lifelong learning opportunities and, thus, generally enhances employability.
The Diploma Supplement is no substitute for a Transcript of Records or a CV. It is also not a guarantee for an automatic recognition of a degree.
The FH WN issues automatically a Diploma Supplement (DS) to all graduates of its first and second cycle programmes free of charge in English and German.
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