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ECTS, Diploma Supplement and Guide

The basic idea of EU’s ERASMUS exchange programme is to transfer credits from a foreign university in full to the home university. Hence, foreign studies will not prolong the total length of the studies. In order to make the credit transfer as flexible as possible, the EU has introduced an ECTS system. It enables the comparison of the extent of studies and grades in various countries. One part of the system is an agreement on studies (Learning Agreement), which is made by the student and accepted by both universities before going abroad.

Savonia University of Applied Sciences uses the ECTS system. President Mervi Vidgren is ECTS Institutional Coordinator of Savonia University of Applied Sciences.

ECTS system

The aim of the ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) is to facilitate the planning and implementation of degrees and study modules, and to improve mutual recognition of credits and grades in Europe in order to make student mobility easier. The use of this system increases the transparency of both curriculums and students’ credits, and their mutual comparison. The extent of studies and assessment in various countries can be compared with the ECTS grading scale and ECTS credits.

The main ECTS documents are the Study Guide, Application Forms, Learning Agreement and Transcript of Records. They all are in use at Savonia UAS. In the ECTS system, the study point is credit (cr). The Finnish credit (op, cr) is equal to the ECTS credit. The average annual student work load is 60 credits. The extent of a Polytechnic (UAS) Bachelor´s degree is 210, 240 or 270 credits. The extent of Polytechnic (UAS) Master degree is either 60 or 90 credits.

The ECTS grading scale can be used as a tool to convert Savonia’s grades to ECTS grades.

ECTS grading scale Savonia UAS grading scale
A excellent 5 excellent
B very good 4 very good
C good 3 good
D satisfacotry 2 satisfactory
E sufficient 1 sufficient
FX fail 0 fail
F fail fail is not specified

Diploma Supplement

The Diploma Supplement is an attachment to the degree certificate intended for international use. Diploma Supplement is designed by the EU, the Council of Europe and UNESCO. It will be given in an European widely spoken language. Diploma Supplement provides a description of the nature, level, content and status of the qualification in the national system, and gives information on the professional status the qualification confers. Diploma Supplement is given automatically and free of charge to all graduates together with the degree certificate. Diploma Supplement is a part of the Europass-portfolio.

At Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Diploma Supplement and Transcript of Records are being issued in English and are given automatically and free of charge to every student upon graduation in addition to the Degree Certificate.

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Savonia UAS

Savonia is one of Finland's biggest and most versatile universities of applied sciences. Our campuses are situated in Kuopio, Iisalmi and Varkaus. There are almost 6000 students and 600 employees at Savonia. In education we implement Open Innovation Space (OIS), where we combine learning, development, research, and teaching.