The Learning Agreement is a document which records your course choice. It contains information about your study plan and the ECTS credits that will be awarded for each of the chosen modules. Choose the courses you want to follow at ESCI, International Business School, fill in your learning agreement by listing them and the appropriate number of ECTS credits (ECTS 2015 Guide). Discuss your choice with your coordinator at your home institution. In order to receive a Transcript of Records from ESCI you must provide a correctly filled in and signed document.
The document is issued by your home institution and has to be signed by you, your institution (Faculty and Erasmus Coordinator) and the host institution (Faculty and Erasmus Coordinator) to be valid. It is important that the Learning Agreement is sent to ESCI before your arrival. The document is a confirmation of your course choices but doesn’t guarantee that you will follow all your chosen courses.
Should you need to make changes to your original Learning Agreement (because of a timetable clash/ the module has been cancelled, etc.) you have to fill in the form ‘Learning Agreement – Modification’ at the beginning of the semester. This document has also to be signed by all relevant authorities to be valid.
ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) enables students to transfer credits from one European institution to another. You or your home institution must confirm how many ECTS credits you are expected to obtain during your study period at ESCI. At ESCI like in most of the countries participating in the Erasmus program 60 ECTS credits are awarded to an academic year of full-time studies. Most of the courses at ESCI run for one semester and are awarded 2 or 4 ECTS corresponding to the workload. Bear in mind that credits are awarded only if the course has been completed and the exams validated.
Recognition of Studies Abroad
The Learning Agreement and Transcript of Records are designed to guarantee the full recognition of the study period undertaken in the host institution abroad. Once you have completed your mobility period at ESCI and the documents have been issued and sent to your university, your results will be approved by the relevant authorities of your institution and integrated in your degree course.
Full academic recognition of transcript of records, of diplomas, is indispensable within the framework of the ERASMUS program. The European Commission wants a common place where students and teachers can move, learn and work without borders and obstacles. The Erasmus program was established to improve education and training, to increase the development of academic and professional careers for the Europeans.