ERIC Number: ED390341
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
The First Years of ECTS in the View of the Students. ERASMUS Monographs No. 20. Wekstattberichte-Band 47.
Maiworm, Friedhelm; Teichler, Ulrich
A survey was done of students participating in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) between 1989/90 and 1991/92 to ascertain student attitudes toward their study abroad experience. About one third of the students from the three yearly cohorts responded to the survey (cohorts numbered 553, 753, and 883 respectively). More than half of the ECTS students were between 21 and 23 years old at the time they went abroad with the program. Across the 3 years, 56 percent of the students were male and about 40 percent reported that at least one parent had been awarded a higher education degree. Major motives for study abroad were learning a foreign language, self-development, improvement of career prospects, desire to experience academic learning in another country, and desire to enhance understanding of the host country. Preparatory provisions were rated 3.1 on a scale from 1 (very good) to 5 (very poor). On average, students in 1991/92 took 18.8 hours of courses per week with instruction usually in the language of the host country. Serious problems regarding credits and transfer of credits were reported at the same rate in 1990/91 as in 1991/92. ECTS students in 1991/92 rated their academic progress abroad more positively than academic progress during a corresponding period at home. Knowledge of the host country culture and society also increased substantially. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
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Sponsor: Commission of the European Communities, Brussels (Belgium).
Authoring Institution: ERASMUS Bureau, Brussels (Belgium).; Kassel Univ. (Germany). Scientific Center for Professional and Univ. Research.