Programs of Study, Courses and Credits
Each student is registered in a program of study such as Business Administration or Computer Science: such programs of study are also referred to as majors. Each program consists of courses which must be completed in order for a student to graduate. Each program of study leads to an academic qualification from the American College. In order to graduate from such a program a minimum number of European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System Credits (ECTS Credits) must be completed.
The value of each course is stated in terms of ECTS Credits. The number of ECTS credits each course carries is based on the expected student workload needed to successfully complete the requirements of the particular course. ECTS credits are awarded upon satisfactory completion of a course. Most courses at the American College carry 6 ECTS credits and consist of three 55-minute sessions per week during a semester. The courses of a program of study are usually separated in different groups such as Major courses (i.e. the specialized courses that constitute the backbone of a program), General Education courses etc. The credit requirements of a program of study specify how many ECTS credits must be earned from each group of courses in order for a student to graduate.
The courses each student must take in a semester are determined by the requirements of the student's program of study and the courses' prerequisites. A course with a prerequisite can only be taken once the course set as its prerequisite has been successfully completed by the student.