University of Warsaw, ECTS course catalogue

What is ECTS ?

The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System is a student-centered system based on the student workload required to achieve the objectives of a study programme. It was introduced in 1989 as a credit transfer system within the Erasmus programme, to facilitate the recognition of periods of study abroad and promote students' mobility. Within years it has developed into an accumulation system that is widely used across Europe. Due to ECTS reading and comparing study programmes offered by different universities is easier. Students can more easily move from one university or country to another and continue their education on another level. It also helps universities to organize and revise their study programmes. By virtue of the Regulation of the Minister of Science and Higher Education ECTS has become manadatory in Polish HEIs as of 1st of January 2007.

What are the key features of ECTS ?

ECTS is based on a principle that 60 credit points measure the workload of a full-time student during one academic year. It means that a student's average workload necessary to complete one year of his/her studies amounts in most cases to c. 1500-1800 hours. It consists of time essential to complete all learning activities required by the programme such as participation in classes, lectures, seminars, private learning, placement and preparation for exams, presentations etc. ECTS credit points are allocated to all educational components of study programme (courses, lectures, exams etc.) and reflect the quantity of work each component requires to achieve its specific objectives or learning outcomes in relation to the total quantity of work necessary to complete successfully a full year of study.

What are the key documents of ECTS ?

Information Package - it contains all the most important information on an academic institution, programmes offered, admission requirements and policy and practical information for the students.

Transcript of Records - it is a list of all courses attended by a student, ECTS credit points obtained and grades awarded.

Learning Agreement - it contains a list of courses a student should attend during his/her stay at another university under the LLP Erasmus Programme or any other exchange programme. It should be agreed upon and confirmed by both, his/her home institution and the receiving university

© American Studies Center
Al. Niepodległości 22, 02-653 Warszawa
phone: +48 22 5533321, email:
Published with financial support
from UE Erasmus Programme