European Nazarene College follows the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). This system is one of the key elements of the Bologna Declaration of 1999, originally signed by 29 countries, currently by 47 countries, and intends to develop a comparable educational system across national boundaries.
What is ECTS?
This is a student-centred system based on the student workload required to achieve the objectives of a course or programme. The ECTS system requires that every assignment states the estimated number of student work hours needed to fulfil this requirement.
Student Learning Hours
One ECTS is equivalent to 25-30 student learning hours. For EuNC, this is set to 30 student learning hours for all courses in order to satisfy ordination requirements. The student learning hours include all activities needed to accomplish the intended educational outcomes. These learning activities can be class sessions, reading, paper assignments, presentations, supervised learning activities, internships, mentoring, or any other activity that will help the student reach the intended educational outcomes.
Course Load, and Length of Programme
The criterion for a year of full-time studies is 60 ECTS (1500-1800 Student Learning Hours). Every level of study at EuNC consists, therefore, of 60 ECTS. EuNC does not provide the opportunity to study full-time. All centres offer a study load of up to 30 ECTS per year.
Generally, courses at EuNC will be offered for 2,3,4 or 5 ECTS each.
- 2 ECTS Course (60 Student Learning Hours): 13-15 hours of class sessions; 45-47 hours of learning activities outside of class.
- 3 ECTS Course (90 Student Learning Hours): 20-25 hours of class sessions; 65-70 hours of learning activities outside of class.
- 4 ECTS Course (120 Student Learning Hours): 26-30 hours of class sessions; 90-94 hours of learning activities outside of class.
- 5 ECTS Course (150 Student Learning Hours): 33-38 hours of class sessions; 112-117 hours of learning activities outside of class.
Learning centres that offer a full programme must have a minimum course offering of 15 ECTS per year so that students can complete the Certificate in Spiritual Formation or Qualification in Spiritual Formation within a maximum of four years or complete the Diploma in Christian Ministry or the Qualification in Christian Ministry within a maximum of eight years (15 ECTS per year).
Learning centres offering less than 15 ECTS per year do not guarantee their students to complete within the maximum number of years and are not considered fully active. These locations offer occasional coursework which may be applied to EuNC programmes at a later point or another centre, but students cannot complete a full programme at these locations within the allowed period of time.
To see which learning centres offer a full programme and which only occasional courses see section H on page 11 of the Academic Catalogue.
Comparison with US College Credit System
The major difference between the ECTS and the US College Credit system is that the first is based on student load and the second on contact hours. (The ground rule for US credit system is that for every hour in class, students need to spend two outside of class.) While ECTS is more oriented towards the students (the time required for them to meet the intended outcomes), the U.S. system is more oriented towards the faculty (the time a faculty member needs to teach).
Technically, the ECTS has no co-curricular or extra-curricular activities because every activity needed to meet the intended outcomes of the programme is valued with a certain number of ECTS.
The conversion used by EuNC between ECTS and US College Credit is the following:
0.50 ECTS = 0.30 US College Credit Hours
0.83 ECTS = 0.50 US College Credit Hours
1.00 ECTS = 0.60 US College Credit Hours
1.67 ECTS = 1.00 US College Credit Hours
2.00 ECTS = 1.20 US College Credit Hours
2.50 ECTS = 1.50 US College Credit Hours
3.00 ECTS = 1.80 US College Credit Hours
3.33 ECTS = 2.00 US College Credit Hours
4.00 ECTS = 2.40 US College Credit Hours
5.00 ECTS = 3.00 US College Credit Hours
6.67 ECTS = 4.00 US College Credit Hours
8.33 ECTS = 5.00 US College Credit Hours