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ECTS Information Package

This webpage contains all information of the ECTS Information Package. Please use the links below for further reference.

Information on the Institution

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is a dynamic and modern university with almost two centuries of history. Its 8 faculties are spread over two green campuses in the Brussels Capital Region.

Our postal address is:

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2 
1050 Brussel – Belgium
+ 32 2 629 20 10


Information on degree programmes

A complete list of degree programmes offered at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) can be found in the Course Catalogue: Programmes taught in English - Programmes taught in Dutch. All programmes and courses are offered full-time and as face-to-face learning, unless stated otherwise.

  • For each of the programmes the course catalogue provides information on:
    • Qualification awarded
    • Level of qualification
    • Specific admission requirements
    • Specific arrangements for the recognition of prior learning (formal, informal and non-formal)
    • Qualifications requirements and regulations
    • Profile of the programme
    • Key learning outcomes
    • occupational profiles of graduates with examples
    • access to further studies
    • course structure diagram with credits (60 per full-time academic year)
    • examination regulations, assessment and grading
    • graduation requirements
    • mode of study (full-time, part-time, e-learning)
    • programme director or equivalent


  • Description of individual course units: for each course unit the course catalogue contains a seperate file with the following information:
    • Course unit title
    • Course unit code
    • Type of course unit (compulsory, optional)
    • Level of course unit (e.g. first, second or third cycle)
    • Year of study (if applicable)
    • Semester (when course is delivered)
    • Number of ECTS credits allocated
    • Name of lecturer(s)
    • Learning outcomes of the course unit
    • Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)
    • Prerequisites and co-requisites
    • Recommended optional programme components
    • Course contents
    • Recommended or required reading
    • Planned learning activities and teaching methods
    • Assessments methods and criteria
    • Language of instruction
    • Work placement


General Information for students

ECTS: European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System

The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)  was developed by the European Commission in order to provide common procedures to guarantee recognition of studies abroad. It provides a way of measuring and comparing learning achievements and transferring them. ECTS also improves access to information about foreign curricula. 

ECTS is a student-centred system for credit accumulation and transfer based on the transparency of learning outcomes and of teaching, learning and assessment processes. 

ECTS credits are based on the estimated workload necessary for the student to achieve the defined learning outcomes. 

Learning outcomes describe what a student is expected to know, understand and be able to do after successful completion of a process of learning.

Workload is an estimation of the time students typically need to complete all learning activities (such as lectures, seminars, projects, practical work, individual study, assessments) required to achieve the defined learning outcomes. 

60 ECTS credits are allocated to the workload of a full-time year of formal learning (academic year) and the associated learning outcomes. One ECTS credit corresponds to no less than 25 and no more than 30 hours of teaching, learning and assessment activities.  In most cases student workload ranges from 1.500 to 1800 hours for an academic year.

All course units offered in departments and faculties of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel have been allocated credits, which are completely in line with the ECTS credit allocation procedure and value scale. Thus, if still mentioned in texts, 1 Study point (SP) equals 1 ECTS.

For more detailed information about ECTS you can visit the official EC website.

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