The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is widely used in many European countries in order to give transparency to the recognition procedures. The ECTS is a tool of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) for making studies and courses more transparent and thus helping to enhance the quality of higher education. ECTS was instituted in 1989, within the Erasmus+ Programme, as a way of transferring credits that students earned during their studies abroad into credits that counted towards their degree, on their return to studying in their home institution.
In the following years, it came to be used not only for transferring credits, on the basis of workload and achieved learning outcomes, but also for accumulating them in institutions’ degree programmes. ECTS helps in the design, description and delivery of programmes, makes it possible to integrate different types of learning in a lifelong learning perspective, and facilitates the mobility of students by easing the process of recognising qualifications and periods of study.
In Spain, the ECTS is regulated by the Royal Decree 1125/2003. Our institution ensures the full implementation of ECTS as a common tool to guarantee the quality of mobility activities and transparency of recognition procedures. Before the mobility period, a Learning Agreement for study o traineeship in enterprises is signed by the student and the legal representatives of the home and host institutions in order to ensure the recognition of credits.
After the mobility period is completed, INS Illa dels Banyols proceeds as follows:
Europass Diploma Supplement
This office promotes and manages all activities related to mobility within the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme. This programme provides grants for a wide range of actions and activities in the field of education and gives opportunities to students and staff to spend a period abroad to increase their skills and employability.