What are ECTS-Credit Points?

Courses offered by the Faculty Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology are within the framework of the European credit transfer system (ECTS). This system is of interest for all students who plan to study abroad as part of the programme. Studying at a European partner university greatly improves the educational profile of the student. The advantage of the ECTS is that for all courses, points are given in a standardised European wide assessment system (CREDITS), which guarantees academic recognition of studies at a European partner university.
How does ECTS work? First, a bi-lateral agreement between partner universities is reached. A large number of universities are in the ECTS. Information about the universities can be obtained at the faculty coordination office (Socrates coordinator). The prospective students develop an study agreement between the home and host university, for which courses will be recognised. Help can be obtained from a Socrates coordinator. Assessments of the courses are documented in a transcript of records. For this, advice is also given by the Socrates coordinator. For incoming students visiting the faculty of Forestry, an information package is available containing information about the university and practical information about health insurance, registration, accommodation etc.. In addition, the information package contains detailed information about the faculty, programmes offered, course contents, and the work load calculated in credits.

What are CREDITS? Credits are standardised throughout Europe. Sixty credits represent one year of study with a normal work load. Normally 30 credits are given for one semester. The number of credits given is dependent upon the work load, not the degree of difficulty of a course. This means that successful completion of a two hour basic lecture is worth the same number of credits as a two hour advanced lecture. Credits are given for all forms of teaching (lectures, practicals, seminars, project work, dissertations, study visits in companies), as long as this was agreed in a bi-lateral agreement between the home and host universities. At our faculty the following conversion factor between hours per week and credits is used: 1 hour per week equals 1.5 credits. Conversion of “Local grades” of the host university into the grading system of the home university is carried out using a predetermined calculation factor and can be accessed in “ECTS grades”.

Who can help me if I wish to study abroad or if I wish to come to
Göttingen as a visiting student?
You can get advice from the faculty Socrates coordinator.
The co-ordinator is a contact person for students and teaching staff in the faculty. The coordinator gives advice about ECTS, information about host universities, as well as practical information such as how to fill in the different forms.
The Socrates coordinator advises about study abroad (development of the study agreement from compulsory and optional courses of your own interest), helps with the integration of incoming students, and is the contact person for students studying abroad.

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