about study conditions at the University of Zenica in alignment with the Bologna process and ECTS credit system
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  Most important elements of the Bologna process

About the University

Study Programmes

Basic Information for Students

Bologna and ECTS
- Most important elements of the Bologna process
- Basic facts about ECTS
- A short ECTS dictionary
- ECTS documentation applied at UNZE



Basic facts about ECTS

One of the main tools in developing a unique European Higher Education Area is European Credit Transfer System - ECTS. It enables students and professors to move through Europe.

European Credit Transfer System, ECTS – is organized as a unique system enabling easier recognition and comparison of different education programmes at universities and other higher education institutions in Europe. A whole system rests on credits which represent student workloadload in their acquisition of a certain programme. It is a ‘workload factor’ of a subject or studies. However for the purpose of rationalisation of European study area it is clearly stated that in an academic year one needs to collect 60 ECTS credits, 30 for a semester, that is 20 credits for a trimester. Application of ECTS in university contributes to mobility of students in European Higher Education Area, with the possibility of transfer and accumulation of credits acquired in different institutions which makes starting assumptions of quality cooperation among universities, students and professors. This is not all about ECTS. It is the best indicator of student’s completed-study profile important for an employer.

Credits – are the key elements of ECTS. Credits are awarded in particular courses/modules/subjects, as well as other mastering forms of study programme (projects, seminars, studies, experiments, examinations, research, dissertations...). ECTS is a quantitative proportion of an entire work invested by a student in his/her acquisition of scheduled assignments and is awarded to a student after a successful ending of a certain programme.

ECTS is first of all an effective tool for creating transparency of programme offered by institutions of higher education and certificates they issue. ECTS connects institutions in an easy way and thus extends options for students. The ECTS system makes it easier for institutions in their recognizing of student’s acquired results in a certain study programme through generally accepted criteria in evaluation of the same. Thus a unique approach in interpreting different European national systems of higher education is provided.

To put it very briefly a general philosophy of ECTS is providing flexibility.