European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)
This credit system is used at German universities to convert the credits of international students
The ECTS was designed to streamline academic credits across Europe and translate credits from other countries to give an equivalent for use in Europe.
What is ECTS in Germany?
ECTS is the system used to establish how many credits you can claim from university in another country when planning to study in Germany. One ECTS credit represents approximately 25-30 working hours, and this can vary depending on which country you studied in. All course modules, dissertation preparation and work placements are taken into consideration when calculating ECTS credits.
How do ECTS credits work?
Credits are awarded for completed coursework and passed examinations. Credits can be transferred to the university in Germany and then back to your home university after your course, as long as all requirements have been met.
How many ECTS do you get per semester?
Students can usually earn 30 ECTS credits per semester and 60 in total for an academic year.
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How many credits do you need for a Master's?
The amount of credits needed for a Master's can vary, depending on the university and subject, but is usually in the region of 180-240, which is given for a bachelor's degree.
What does 180 ECTS credits mean?
As one ECTS credit generally represents 25-30 hours, 180 ECTS credits equal around three years worth of study, which is usually the duration of a bachelor's degree. The ECTS system allows you to transfer those credits to a university in Germany.
The German school system can be a little confusing for those who are not used to it. However, with a little bit of research and understanding, it is not difficult to get around. The above guide should give you a good idea of what to expect when it comes to courses, universities, and grades in Germany.