A common language for academic recognition
To help students make the most from their study abroad, the European Commission has developed a European Credit Transfer System, which provides a way of measuring and comparing learning achievements, and transferring them from one institution to another.
This system facilitates the recognition of periods of study abroad (but not of the final degrees) e.g. for Erasmus students. It is now widely adopted across Europe.
ECTS helps higher education institutions to enhance their cooperation with other institutions by:
- improving access to information on foreign curricula,
- providing common procedures for academic recognition.
ECTS can also be used within one institution or between institutions within one country.