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What are ECTS and how does it compare with the Indian education system?


Some study abroad aspirants find it difficult to understand the concept of ECTS. At Edvisory, we make it simple for you ! Have a look at what the ECTS are all about.


ECTS or as it is called the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, is only recognised and accepted across universities and academic institutions across Europe. We can say, it is basically an instrument for the European educational area, so as to keep the international education studies and programs more transparent. Basically, ECTS helps in converting the credits awarded at any institution towards a qualification which would be studied at a different institution, specifically in Europe.


As far as the working structure of the ECTS is concerned, 60 credits awarded for any subject at any institution is equivalent to 1 full year of studies. So if we compare with the Indian Education system, where we have 3 or 4 year bachelors, the European institutions will be asking for 180 credits or 240 credits respectively for pursuing higher studies there. And accordingly, students can show subject wise transcripts, where the credits are mentioned. It’s simple, isn't it?