Based on the Bologna reforms, these credits are intended as criteria for standardising the student's workload during a full-time study programme in Europe. Usually, one academic year is considered equivalent to 60 credits. For more information, visit: Europa Portal/ects
A politically independent collegial institution which prepares and then implements the legislative instruments adopted by the Council and the European Parliament in connection with European Community policies. The Commission is also responsible for managing Community programmes and for ensuring that European law is applied. For more information, visit:
The European Commission Portal
An information network for education in Europe. For more information, visit:
The Eurydice Portal
This term covers the countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden in Northern Europe. These Nations are considered to constitute a Region because of their common history and certain cultural traits such as their political systems.
Schengen is short for the Schengen Convention, named after the small town in Luxembourg where it was signed. Schengen allows freedom of movement for all citizens of the signatory EU Member States, other EU Member States or specified third countries. Signed on 14 June 1985 by Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, it has been extended over time to cover: Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Ireland and the United Kingdom have maintained their border controls, even if they have partly joined Schengen. For more information, visit:
The Europa Portal/Schengen Agreement