ECTS methodology

The starting point for determining, i.e. assigning, the ECTS credits is the amount of student workload which refers to the average amount of time students need to fulfil all their duties regarding lectures and studying (lectures, practical lessons, seminars, projects, practical work, preparing for classes, independent studying, exams, and other), and which are required to achieve the expected learning outcomes.

When assigning the ECTS credits, University College Aspira took account of the anticipated schedule for students, which is 40 hours of work a week, and which is the annual student workload of maximum 1800 hours. Considering that one study year is approximately 60 ECTS credits (the maximum is 72 ECTS credits), i.e. around 30 ECTS credits per semester (one ECTS credit is approximately 30 hours of work for students), determining the ECTS credits for each course is done in the way that the courses are assigned the corresponding value of the ECTS credits which is equivalent to the required engagement of students expressed in hours of work spent on mastering the expected learning outcomes, while taking into account that the total amount of ECTS credits does not exceed the said values per semester, i.e. the annual maximum of 72 ECTS credits.

Aspira is obliged to recognize the acquired ECTS points if students fulfil their duties defined in the Learning agreement. The agreement includes the list of courses that students attended at foreign higher education institution, and the number of acquired ECTS credits. The Erasmus coordinator is in charge of the compatibility of the ECTS credits. For courses to be recognized, required percentage of compatibility of the study programme (taking into account learning outcomes and competencies) is 70 per cent.

Recognition of mobility achievements

Students’ mobility recognition procedure is conducted on the basis of signed Learing Agreement, that is, Training Agreement, Transcript of Records, Transcript of Work, and Statement of Host Institution. Students’ traineeship is an obligatory course on each year of the study programme, and Traineeship Coordinator must approve traineeship programme that is assigned with the foreign HEI.

If determined that student has fulfilled all the obligations from the Learing Agreement/Training Agreement, the Host institution is obliged to recognize all student’s achievements on the study programme in accordance to the Agreement in question, without additional recognition procedure.

In the case of changes of initially signed Learing Agreement/Training Agreement during student’s stay at the host institution, the head of Aspira or the head of the study program will, in agreement with ECTS coordinator perform comparison and assessment of programme compliance of resulting modification on the host institution to home institution and make a decision on the recognition of this segment of the mobility period (ECTS points, courses accomplished, grades and traineeship).

University College Aspira issues verified and signed Transcript of Records or  Transcript of Work to Incoming students, which is delivered to home institution by Department of International Cooperation within five weeks after students’ stay at University College Aspira.