GENERAL ASSUMPTIONS OF THE EUROPEAN CREDIT TRANSFER SYSTEM (ECTS)
The European Credit Transfer System [ECTS] is a set of procedures prepared by the European Commission to ensure that studies at domestic and foreign institutions are recognised under the programme of a student's sending institution. The European Commission promotes the co-operation between institutions with regard to student exchange.
The European Credit Transfer System has been successfully implemented at many institutions in Poland and Western Europe. Its essential goal is to establish legal and organisational regulations on the organisation of studies in order students who want to study or continue their studies abroad could do that.
ECTS is to bring about benefits not only to students leaving to study abroad, but it also allows for the exchange of students between Polish institutions that have already implemented ECTS. ECTS allows foreign students to study at Polish institutions.
The purpose of ECTS, being a part of the Socrates-Erasmus programme, is to unify the manner of studying in Europe by the way of the full recognition of the period of study abroad and in Poland.
It has been prepared and implemented at the Powiślański College in Kwidzyn in order to improve student exchange with foreign institutions.
This guide presents, inter alia, the plan of studies and descriptions of courses offered at a given institution, including respective ECTS credits.
SYSTEM OF CREDITS (ECTS)
At the POWIŚLAŃSKI COLLEGE IN KWIDZYN, ECTS credits are granted for course units (lectures and classes) passed and bachelor's seminars. To get credits for a semester, a student should obtain 30 points. The detailed list of types of classes and credits assigned thereto is presented in the study description.
ECTS credits are relative measures of the quantity of student work required to pass a given course unit. They are defined on the basis of the number of classes, but mainly on the basis of total student workload. They reflect the quantity of work required at particular classes in relation to the total workload necessary to complete a full academic year at a given institution (lectures, practical work, seminars, private work in the library and at sending, as well as examinations and other assessment activities).
ECTS is thus based on the calculation of the whole student workload, and not only on the number of hours spent with teachers. The quantity of work required in the whole academic year corresponds to 60 credits. 30 credits are given for a semester. Thanks to such a solution, students may study at other institutions. The description of particular course units allows students to select a programme close to the programme of studies of the sending institution. Having passed a given course unit, a student gets a defined number of credits. They are not, however, entered into the student record at the sending institution. If a student leaves to study at another institution, the list of credits is prepared both before leave and after return. Credits for course units passed abroad replace credits that a student would normally get at the sending institution.
All information about ECTS (information packages and forms) may be obtained from the institution ECTS coordinator, Mrs. Katarzyna Strzała-Osuch Msc - PhD.
MAIN ELEMENTS OF ECTS
1. Credits under ECTS are points assigned to particular subjects. They define the quantity of work to be performed by a student to get credits for a given subject.
2. The information package is a guide presenting an institution, its particular departments and specialities. It comprises necessary information on the organisation and structure of studies valid only for a given year of study.
3. The transcript of records presents student achievements. It is comparable to systems applied at other institutions.
4. A learning agreement is binding both for a sending institution, as well as another institution a student has decided to study at for a given semester.
The learning agreement provides for the full recognition of studies completed at a partner institution by a sending institution. This may be also an individual agreement for each student concluded before such a student starting any studies outside his/her sending institution. Having selected an institution for further studies, a student fills a special application form. In agreement with an ECTS co-ordinator and based on the Information Package of a receiving institution, he/she defines the programme of own studies. The full recognition of credits means that the period at the receiving institution (including examinations and other forms of evaluation) is recognised as an equivalent comparable to the period of studies at the sending institution (including examinations and other forms of evaluation). Credits are recognised in spite of the fact that programmes of two institutions may differ.