ECTS in Brief

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) is a European system for the transfer and accumulation of study credits and grades. The system has been used for over ten years.

The purpose of reforming the system has been to create a uniform European higher education area. The ECTS increases the competiveness and attractiveness of European higher education, as compared to other continents, and facilitates student mobility and the comparison of the curricula of different higher education institutions. The starting point for the ECTS is the student workload needed to achieve the learning outcomes of a degree programme.

Please, see further information on the ECTS website of the European Commission.


Student Workload

Student workload in full-time study is 1600 hours per academic year, corresponding to 60 ECTS credits. If the annual hours are allocated to 40 weeks, the workload of each week is 40 hours. Respectively, the total workload of a semester is 800 hours of student work (30 ECTS credits). One ECTS credit is equivalent to about 27 hours of student work. This can consist of contact lessons, online learning, group work, independent study, preparation for exams, exams, etc.


ECTS Coordinators


Ikonen Hannu

Ikonen Hannu

Koulutuksen kehittämispäällikkö, Educational Development Manager
Koulutuksen kehittämispalvelut, Educational Development Services
Hallinto, Administration
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Customer Proposal:
I shall stregthen customers´competences in developing education and learning in new environments.
Field of activity:
Multidisciplinary compenteces

International Mobility

Björn Nina

Björn Nina

Kansainvälisen toiminnan päällikkö, International Relations Manager
Kansainvälistymispalvelut, International Services
Hallinto, Administration
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