1.1. What is ECTS?
ECTS, the European Credit Transfer System, was developed by the Commission of
the European Union in order to provide common procedures to guarantee academic
recognition of studies abroad. It provides a way of measuring and comparing
learning achievements, and transferring them from one institution to another.
The ECTS system is based on the principle of mutual trust and confidence between
the participating higher education institutions. The few rules of ECTS, concerning
Information (on course available), Agreement (between the home and the host
institution) and the Use of Credit Points (to indicate student workload) are
set out to reinforce this mutual trust and confidence. Each ECTS department
will describe the courses it offers not only in terms of content but also
adding credits to each course.
1.2. What are ECTS-Credits?
ECTS-Credits show the use of labour of a student in connection with the respective
course. The universities themselves assign credits to each course. One term of
full-time-study is equivalent to 30 ECTS-Credits (accordingly one year is
60 ECTS-Credits, one trimester is 20 ECTS-Credits), that can be
gained after attending courses successfully. ECTS-Credits can only be given
to courses that are part of the regular degree programme.
Normally, the 60 Local Credit Points required per academic year
(i.e. 30 credits per semester), are converted into ECTS Credits by 1,
with the exception of year 5, where ECTS Credits are allocated to otherwise
locally uncredited but required and graded work: the diploma thesis (30 Local
Credit Points, i.e. 30 ECTS Credits). However, neither Local Credit Points
nor ECTS Credits are allocated to the local and obligatory Intermediate and
Final Examinations at the end of year 3 and 5, respectively.
Curriculum and Conversion of Local Credit Points into ECTS Credits
|Year of Study||Local Credit Points||ECTS Credits|
|Intermediate Examination|| || |
|5||30+30 (Diploma thesis)||30+30 (Diploma thesis)|
|Final Examination|| || |
1.3. What are ECTS-Grades?
The grading of a course is made by the grading-system of the responsible
university. In order to make a conversion into the grading-system of the home
country easier, a describing ECTS-grading system was developed, which under
no circumstances replaces the national grading-system.
Courses may be graded on a scale from one to three, while the ECTS scale is
more sensitive. The chart below describes the method of grade conversion.
Ungraded attestations are given on a pass/fail basis. Courses
awarded the fail grade will not be recognised by the home university.
|Czech Grade||ECTS grade||Expected % of passing students (ECTS only)|
|1 (Vyborne, Excellent)||A||10%|
|2 (Velmi dobre, Very Good)||C||30%|
|3 (Dobre, Good)||E||10%|
|4 (Nevyhovel, Fail)||F/FX||10%|
1.4. How Does ECTS Work?
Students of co-operating universities are able to stay at ECTS-partner universities,
for part of their studies, after prior consultation with the ECTS coordinator.
Prior to the departure of the student, the two partner universities and their
coordinators define within the Learning Agreement which courses the student
should have to attend. Changes during the stay also have to be discussed with
both coordinators. After returning to the home-university the academic records
will be accredited with the Transcript of Records. Therefore it is guaranteed
that the student does not suffer from time loss due to his/her stay abroad.
1.5. ECTS Students
The 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 institution to another
as long as there is prior agreement between the institutions involved.
All students of the participating departments who are willing to take part in the
ECTS Pilot Scheme may do so if their institution agrees and within the limit
of available places.
Most students participating in the ECTS pilot scheme will go to one host institution
in an EU Member State or EFTA country, study there for a limited period and
then return to their home institution. Some may decide to stay at the host
institution and finish their degree there. Some may also decide to proceed to
a third institution to continue their studies. In each of these three
cases, students will be required to comply with the legal and institutional
requirements of the country and institution where they take their degree. When
the student returns and has successfully completed the study programme previously
agreed between the home and host institutions, credit transfer will then take
place, and the student will continue the study course at the home institution
without any loss of time or credit. If, on the other hand, the student decides
to stay at the host institution and to take his/her degree there, he/she may
have to adapt his/her study course to the legal, institutional and departmental
rules in the host country, institution and department.
1.6. ECTS Transcript of Records
The University uses a standard ECTS Transcript Form. The Transcript Form is
issued to every ERASMUS student by the faculty study department or by the
University International Office.