ECTS/DS

The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) ensures that students' academic achievements at universities in the European Higher Education Area can be compared and accredited. The system helps to create more transparency, to eliminate barriers to mobility, and to build a bridge between universities.

At the UAS BFI Vienna the ECTS implementation has always been of key importance. All UAS BFI Vienna degree programmes use the ECTS mechanisms and the ECTS key documents – course catalogues, learning agreements, transcript of records and Diploma Supplement - in order to ensure quality and transparency with regard to curriculum development, mobility standards, and credit accumulation and transfer. The workload of all classes at the UAS BFI Vienna has been quantified using ECTS credits. The workload of a full academic year is 60 ECTS credits, which corresponds to 1500 to 1800 hours of work. One ECTS credit therefore corresponds to 25 to 30 hours of work, which does not only include classroom work, but also all work that students undertake outside the classroom (exam preparation, self-study, assignments, homework, etc.).

Since 2003 every UAS BFI Vienna student has automatically received a free Diploma Supplement in English and German on graduation day. Both ECTS Label and Diploma Supplement Label, awarded twice to the UAs BFI Vienna by the European Commission, are a sign of fair academic recognition and improved international transparency.

For further information on ECTS go to:

http://ec.europa.eu/education/lifelong-learning-policy/ects_en.htm

http://ec.europa.eu/education/lifelong-learning-policy/doc/ects/guide_en.pdf

http://ec.europa.eu/education/lifelong-learning-policy/doc/ects/key_en.pdf