The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a tool of the European Higher Education Area designed by the European Commission for making studies and courses more transparent. It provides common procedures to guarantee the full transferability of credits from university studies abroad in order to calculate towards a final qualification in the home country. It provides a way of measuring and comparing academic merits and transferring them from one institution to another.
"Ensuring your Degree and Transcripts are Transferable across Europe"
ECTS is based on a comparison of particular requirements concerning individual subjects and takes into account the time needed by each student to pass an examination in any given subject (i.e. time devoted to lectures, seminars, and self-study).
Students who have successfully completed study programmes may continue their studies abroad with no administrative difficulties because their learning achievements (credits) can be easily recognized by other educational institutions.
Diploma Supplement Label
UCT Prague automatically provides all graduates with a Diploma Supplement. The Diploma Supplement follows the model developed by the European Commission, the Council of Europe, and UNESCO/CEPES.
The purpose of the supplement is to provide sufficient independent data for improving international transparency and for ensuring fair, academic, and professional recognition of qualifications (diplomas, degrees, certificates, etc.).
The Diploma Supplement is published in two languages – Czech and English – and contains the status of successfully completed studies, the list of courses evaluated according to the ECTS, and the number of credits awarded for each course.
The Supplement also includes information about courses completed abroad, Bachelor or Master theses, defense of the theses, final state examinations, and the overall evaluation of study results.
The Diploma Supplement also provides a brief description of the Czech Higher Educational System.
Diploma Supplement Samples
ECTS Credit Allocation
ECTS credits represent the workload needed in order to achieve expected learning outcomes.
Courses are assigned a number of credits depending on the workload students have to fulfill in order to successfully pass the subject.
The workload indicates the time students usually need to complete all learning activities, such as lectures, seminars, projects, practical work, self-study, and examinations. The estimation of workload and number of credits assigned to each course is regularly checked and can be modified according to findings from the evaluations.
The credit weight is 1/30 of the average student workload during one semester. The semester usually takes 14 weeks. At UCT Prague 60 credits represent the workload required for one year’s full-time study or 30 credits per semester. All students are graded A – F scale according to the Local Grade Scheme.
Bachelor's and Master's study degrees are realized through hundreds of fields of study. Some of them can be combined with other study fields (even as an interfaculty study – a combined field from different faculties).
The List of degree programmes shows all disciplines offered by UCT Prague and demonstrates the way how to fulfill all conditions for study completion and getting the diploma within the ECTS semester workload (30 credits).