Recognition of study-abroad periods

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Ca’ Foscari University of Venice endorses the principles of the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) and has arranged a university regulation, based on the full academic recognition of the educational activities carried out by students during their international mobility period.

Contacts and reservations

European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)

The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is a university credit transfer system based on the transparency of students’ plan of study and the assignment of university credits for the relevant workload. Its aim is to guarantee the recognition of the exams that the students take in their international mobility periods, thanks to a clear and effective system which is commonly used across all institutions in Europe.

Ca’ Foscari University, in agreement with the principles that rule the ECTS system, has recognised the equivalence 1 CFU = 1 ECTS (Academic Senate, deliberation no. 45, February 14th, 2006).

As per the ECTS - User’s Guide, the universities that participate in ECTS are to adopt a new system for the conversion of grades that students achieve during an international mobility period. The new system is based on the percentage distribution of grades, according to groups of homogeneous degree programmes (classi di laurea). In the transition from one system to the other, the traditional system (A, B, C, D, E) has been rearranged into groups of degree programmes (classi di laurea). A table for the conversion of grades has been created with reference to the percentage distribution of grades of the last two academic years. The instructions for the conversion of grades with the new system are available in the download section of this webpage.

University regulations for the recognition of study-abroad periods

On January 26th, 2011 Ca’ Foscari Academic Senate approved the university regulations concerning the recognition of the educational activities carried out by students in both EU and non-EU institutions, holding a cooperation agreement with Ca’ Foscari and a university credit system referable to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

According to the Erasmus University Charter (EUC) awarded by the European Commission in the frame of the LLP/Erasmus Programme, the University respects the principle of “full academic recognition” of the educational activities carried out by students during their Erasmus stay abroad. As a result, the university credits the students gained at the host institution are fully recognised as if they were gained in an equivalent study period at Ca’ Foscari, in accord with what is stated in the Learning Agreement.

In this regard, note that one ECTS credit corresponds exactly to one CFU, in agreement with the Academic Senate deliberation no. 45, February 14th, 2006.
Thanks to the university regulations for the recognition of study periods abroad, the same principle of “full academic recognition” is also applied to non-Erasmus exchanges.

More details

The European Commission has recently financed the EGRACONS project (European GRAde CONversion System) that aims at creating an IT tool that collects all data of grading systems of higher education institutions in Europe and that can provide an automatic and shared conversion process.

For further information on the ECTS system for the conversion of grades, see the ECTS website, the complete ECTS - User’s Guide and the conversions tables.

For further details regarding international grading system see the relevant section of CIMEA website.

Last update: 15/01/2020