The ECTS is based on the attribution of a numerical score to the single disciplines in each degree course, based on the overall work load each student has to face in order to pass the final examination.
These student effort hours include hours of teaching, seminars, practical work and laboratory work as well as the hours devoted to study and to the writing of dissertations.
Due to the application of common evaluation methods, credits and grades, the ECTS offers full transparency regarding periods spent studying abroad. It also offers a general key for the interpretation of the various national systems of university teaching.
The ECTS is based essentially on the following:
full information given about the study and evaluation programmes;
the mutual agreements between partner institutions and the students;
the use of ECTS credits to evaluate the work required of the students.