What is ECTS?

ECTS stands for European Credit Transfer System, and is the system developed by the Commission of the European Union to facilitate common procedures to guarantee academic recognition of academic achievement abroad. It provides for a means of measuring and comparing such academic achievement and transferring it from the host institution to the home institution.

ECTS is based on the principle of mutual trust and confidence between the participating institutions of Higher Education. The system lays down rules with regard tot agreements between institutions, information about courses available and how credit points are awarded. For example, each department is required to outline the courses it offers not only in terms of describing the content but also how many credits can be awarded for each individual course.

How does the ECTS system work?

ECTS is a credit system based on student work-load which is the actual time spent on courses. This includes attending the course as well as spending independent study time preparing for it and, where applicable, submitting written term papers or preparing for examinations. In other words, the credit points reflect the quantity of work a course requires.

All students participating in ECTS will receive full credit for all academic work successfully carried out at any of the ECTS partner institutions and they will be able to transfer these academic credits from one participation institution to another as long as there is prior agreement between the institutions involved.

Credits are awarded only when the course has been completed and the requirements (see next section) have been fulfilled. The basic allocation of academic credits in ECTS is 60 credits per year of study, or 30 credits per semester or 20 credits per term. In Oldenburg, we operate a semester system.

 The quality of a student?s academic work can be reflected in a grade. In contrast to the German number grades (1-6), ECTS uses the letter grades (A-F) recommended by the European Commission as follows:  

A     excellent -outstanding performance with only minor errors
B     very good - above the average standard but with some errors
C     good - generally sound work with a number of notable errors
D     satisfactory - fair but with significant shortcomings
E     sufficient - performance meets the minimum criteria
FX   fail - some more work required before the credit can be awarded
F     fail - considerable further work is required

ECTS and the Department of Dutch

The Department of Dutch has recently allocated ECTS credit points to all their courses in order to accommodate international students wishing to study in Oldenburg. Most international students participating in ECTS at Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg are students from institutions within the European Union which have agreements with our university within the Socrates programme, or they are exchange students from America. They will need to have completed the following procedures before being admitted to courses with the aim of a

  1. completed an application form to study at this university signed by their home tutor. Exchange students can download the application form [Antrag auf befristete Einschreibung zum Studium (Austauschstudium)] from the homepage of the International Office - the Academisches Auslandsamt click onto ?Formulare? and you will find the appropriate form.
  2. completed a Learning Agreement, signed by their home tutor and the ECTS co-ordinator in the Dutch Department. The ECTS credit points will be entered onto this form. The Learning Agreement form can be downloaded in the same way as the application form.

 Information about how many points are allocated for which courses, go to Vergabe der Punkte nach ECTS in den Magisterstudiengänge Niederländische Philologie und Niederlande- Studien

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