The European System for the Transfer and Accumulation of Credit (ECTS)

The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is a student-focused and student-centered grading system that is based on the amount of student work that is necessary to acquire the learning goals, skills, and competencies that define the qualification.

The Erasmus program was the original impetus behind the creation of the ECTS credit transfer system. The method made it easier to get credit for time spent studying in another country, which ultimately led to an increase in both the quality and quantity of student mobility across Europe. Recently, the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) has evolved into a system that can now be accumulated at the institutional, regional, national, and European level.

The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is predicated on the idea that one academic year's worth of work is equivalent to 60 credits for students who attend school full-time. It is the only credit system that has been put through its paces across Europe and found to be satisfactory. In most instances, the student workload for a full-time study program in Europe amounts to somewhere between 1500 and 1800 hours per year, and in those instances, one credit is equivalent to somewhere between 25 and 30 working hours.

Student workload in ECTS refers to the amount of time spent on all planned learning activities such as preparing for a lecture, attending lectures and seminars, independent and private study, preparing projects and exams, and so on. It also reflects the amount of work each component requires to achieve its specific objectives or learning outcomes in relation to the total amount of work necessary to successfully complete an entire academic year of study. The credit value takes into account education received in a formal, informal, or non-formal setting in addition to more casual settings.

The only way to get ECTS credits is to first demonstrate that you have successfully completed the necessary work and then been given a satisfactory evaluation of the learning outcomes you have attained. After a learning process has been completed, a student should have a set of competencies that indicate what they have learned in terms of what they know, what they comprehend, and what they are able to perform.

ECTS is the only credit system that is used on campus and is used internally by MEF University. There are 240 ECTS required for a bachelor's degree, 60-120 ECTS for a master's degree depending on the program type and whether a thesis or non-thesis option is chosen, and 180-240 ECTS for a doctorate degree. The annual workload for a full-time student is 60 ECTS. For the purpose of accurately allocating credit, the amount of work required for each individual course within the specific program structure has been calculated, and this calculation is routinely checked for accuracy by student workload surveys.

The mobility of university students who are enrolled in MEF programs is predicated on the premise of full recognition of successfully completed educational components as well as the ECTS value of such components. The original course codes and names are recorded on the MEF transcript and Diploma Supplement that the student receives, and the credit earned is counted toward the fulfillment of degree requirements. A Learning Agreement that was completed prior to the mobility period and that included information on the set of components that would need to be replaced at MEF University following satisfactory completion of those components at the receiving institution is what guarantees the credit transfer. Additionally, ECTS credit is awarded for student movement throughout training. The student's transcript and DS will both note the countries in where they completed their traineeship, and the credit value will count toward fulfillment of graduation requirements.