Converting foreign credits

Current facets (Pre-Master)

You can request the Examination Board to incorporate a course from a university abroad, which you completed successfully, into your elective space. Your request must contain a conversion of the credits of the foreign course to ECTS credits. You can convert the credits in the following ways.

Courses taken at universities within the EU

Universities within the EU should in principle always use ECTS credits. The Examination Board will copy the number of ECTS credits from the certificate that you received from the foreign university, provided that the certificate does indeed show the obtained number of credits as ECTS credits.

The ESE only works with whole ECTS credits. You should therefore always add together the credits and round down the number of credits, for example 6.5 credits shall be rounded down to 6 credits.

Courses taken at universities outside the EU

You have to make a conversion of the foreign credits to ECTS credits yourself. Please add evidence supporting your calculation to your request, for example a statement of the foreign university or information from a Study Guide.

The ESE only works with whole ECTS credits. You should therefore always round off the number of credits.

How to calculate the foreign workload

1. Workload per year
Your starting point is the number of credits that students are normally required to obtain at this particular university within one academic year. For example: you successfully completed a course at university A, which had an extent of four credits. A student is supposed to obtain forty credits per academic year at university A. The Erasmus University has a workload load of sixty credits per academic year. Convertibly, a course of university A has an extent of 60/40 x 4= 6 ECTS credits. 

2. Workload per credit
Your starting point is the student workload of the foreign university. A credit of a course from university B is equal to twenty hours of studying. A credit of the Erasmus University is equal to 28 hours of studying. If you took a six credit course at university B, than this would convertibly be 6x20 /28 = 4 ECTS credits.

3. Student workload standards
You use the student workload standards of Erasmus University and thereby convert the number of credits into ECTS credits. You can find the student workload standards on the homepage for bachelor students.