What are ECTS?

What are ECTS?

ECTS points, also called credit points, are a measure of the hours worked during your studies. One ECTS point corresponds to approximately 25–30 working hours. At the end of a semester you usually have 30 credit points, with each course having about 3–6 ECTS. At the end of your Bachelor's and a consecutive Master's degree (i.e. after four to five years) you have collected a total of 300 ECTS. At Academies of Arts and Music you may even have 360 ECTS with a total study time of up to six years. Depending on the number of semesters, the number of points in the Bachelor's and Master's degree courses differs:

Bachelor Consecutive Master
6 semesters = 180 ECTS 4 semesters = 120 ECTS
7 semesters = 210 ECTS 3 semesters = 90 ECTS
8 semesters = 240 ECTS 2 semesters = 60 ECTS

If you want to do a non-consecutive Master, i.e. you want to study a different subject, you have to make sure that you collect enough ECTS in your Bachelor's degree to be able to do your Master.

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