ECTS credits equivalence – French courses that offer ECTS credits

The ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) is a tool of the European Higher Education Area allowing better recognition of the duration of courses and studies followed. The ECTS credits equivalence system helps students who travel for their studies between several countries to have their periods of study abroad and the diplomas obtained recognized by ECTS credits.

ECTS credits represent a study based on defined learning outcomes and the associated workload. They allow flexibility of study programs for students who study abroad and strengthen the evaluation of higher education programs.

ECTS credits equivalence also makes it possible to blend different learning styles, such as university studies and language learning, within the same programme of study or through lifelong learning. This is what IKI-Paris Graduate School offers, for example, with its partnership with the ACCORD French school. For more information on these combined IKI-PGS studies and ACCORD Paris French language training, contact us.

How does the ECTS credits equivalence work?

– 60 ECTS credits are the equivalent of a full year of study or work. In a standard academic year, these credits are usually broken down into several smaller modules. A typical ‘short cycle qualification’ typically includes 90-120 ECTS credits.
– A ‘first cycle’ or Bachelor’s degree is equivalent to either 180 or 240 ECTS credits.
– A ‘second cycle’ or Master’s degree is equivalent to 90 or 120 ECTS credits. The use of the ECTS at the ‘third cycle’, or Ph.D. level, varies.

For the programs proposed by IKI-Paris Graduate School, contact IKI-PGS to obtain the ECTS credits equivalence.
ACCORD French School’s courses may be transferred to ECTS credits too. Contact ACCORD.

Selecting a French language course that offers ECTS credits equivalence can be advantageous for several reasons:

Recognition and Transferability: ECTS credits are widely recognized across European universities and institutions. If you’re studying in Europe and plan to transfer credits back to your home institution or pursue further studies elsewhere in Europe, having ECTS credits ensures that your French language course work will be acknowledged.

Structured Learning: French courses that offer ECTS credits equivalence often follow a structured curriculum with defined learning objectives, assessment criteria, and progression pathways. This can provide a clear framework for your language learning journey and help you monitor your progress.

Recognition of the quality of teaching: To avoid making a mistake when choosing a French course in France, select a French school with the official FLE Quality label and whose course programs have obtained the maximum score of 3***. Do not hesitate to ask the school you contact to provide you with the scores obtained during the last audit.

Integration with Academic Curriculum: Some French language courses offering ECTS credits equivalence may be integrated into broader academic programs, allowing you to combine language study with other studies and subject areas of interest. Like what IKI-PGS does with ACCORD.

IKI-Paris Graduate School is the partner of ACCORD French language school, one of the leading “Qualité FLE” accredited schools in France teaching French to foreign students and offering high quality French courses in Paris. ACCORD is member of CAMPUS FRANCE.

Overall, selecting a French language course that offers ECTS credits equivalence can provide both academic and practical benefits, enhancing your language skills while also contributing to your broader academic goals and credentials.

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