If you are looking forward to studying in another country outside of Indonesia, you may have noticed that they have a different credits system than ours.
At first, the ECTS was used only for Erasmus exchange students to acknowledge courses they studied abroad. But now the ECTS has spread all over Europe. The current ECTS helps students easily transfer credits from one institution to another while measuring and comparing learning achievements.
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Since Europe consists of different countries with different credits system, the ECTS unified and complemented these various local standards within Europe. Universities may use ECTS as a main or secondary grading system for exchange students. These credits are based on the general workload (study hours) and the learning outcomes of students.
The workload is the amount of time needed for an average student to achieve the learning outcomes. While the learning outcome is students’ ability to demonstrate what they have learned during a course.
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Implementing the ECTS has tons of benefits for European universities and students, some of them include:
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You can get ECTS credit points whenever you completed a course, seminar, or module in Europe. Each ECTS point signifies your accomplished workload in that period. So, by the end of a 3-year Bachelor’s program, you may have 180 ECTS credits. While finishing a 2-year Master’s program will grant you 120 ECTS credits. Each year of studies will grant you 60 ECTS credits.
If you convert ECTS credit point into study hours, one ECTS credit can equal on average between 25 and 30 study hours - depending on the country. European countries may agree on the ECTS system but they haven’t agreed on how much study hours were given to one ECTS credit point. For example, if you are studying in Austria or Italy, one ECTS credit equals to 25 study hours.
Another example of one ECTS credit in several countries:
Remember that these study hours are only estimates since you may spend more time on an unfamiliar course rather than a course of your interest or expertise.
As you know, Indonesia uses the SKS system and for a Bachelor degree, you need to complete between 144 and 146 SKS, depending on the universities.
Roughly, for a Bachelor degree with 144 SKS equals 200 ECTS credit points. There are numerous online ECTS calculator available if you want to try and see the result.
However, only the European government or universities who can release the formal conversion result. So, you may want to consult your preferred universities before applying. Remember to allocate a good amount of time for the conversion process, since some countries can take 2 months before you receive your results.