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University Credits

What does "University credits" mean?
University credits (often referred as credit hours) are a tool to measure the amount of work produced by a student about learning, including self-study, in order to acquire knowledge and skills in training activity in the courses of study.

Can be recognized also credits arising from professional or work experience?
The universities with which we cooperate may recognize credits arising from current or previous skills acquired in the workplace or through professional demonstrable experiences, e.g., learning qualifications, job duties/professional experiences and current language certificates, professional qualifications. This process is called in many different ways, e.g., Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).

By whom are credits evaluated?
The evaluation of the credits allowable by the universities with whom we work can be carried out as follows:
- directly by the institutions themselves in a predeterminated way and according to the teaching on the chosen course of study;
- by international agencies for the certification of skills, recognized by the accreditation bodies of the universities or by the same universities, such as, e.g., UK NARIC, International Education Research Foundation, California University FCE.
University credits
Note that the recognition of prior learning conducted by universities is  usually valid only for the institution itself which conducted the  assessment, while the one performed by international agencies is generally recognized by all universities.

International Studies Ltd offers a preliminary free evaluation of previous learning to all the students who wish to enroll in one of our courses of study.
The Courses
Our courses
How are courses delivered?
The courses are delivered in classroom or online with e-learning method: the platform on our site can easily be accessed through the area reserved for the courses and the teaching material in pdf/ppt format.

The web service in always active and in each case the candidate can take advantage of a personalized tutorial service and also live chat service.

Where to take an exam for the courses?
The theory exams are supported by the candidate in classroom or online.
For online courses the practical tests related to fundamental subjects are given in the presence of tutors appointed by the university, in charge of overseeing the proper conduct of the tests.

Other written assignments can be done indepentently by the students that will upload them in our e-learning platform to be evaluated by the professors.

Who attend the graduation ceremony?
The graduation ceremony is attended by the Dean of the chosen university or a representative designated by him/her, who confers the British or other foreign degree according to the course of study.
Recognition in the EU
Recognition in EU countries
Are the foreign degrees recognized in the EU countries?
There is no automatic mechanism for the recognition of academic qualifications at the European level because education systems are the responsibility of national authorities in the EU countries, which determine the applicable rules, including those relating to the recognition of foreign academic qualifications (click here for details).
This however does not mean that you cannot qualify for the foreign degree as long as the same has been issued by universities accredited by government bodies and/or recognized and approved agencies. It is clear, moreover, that normally the owner must verify the possibility, exhibiting only the title obtained abroad in its original form, e.g., to participate in competitions without having to initiate proceedings for recognition or join associations/professional bodies, even if this practice is not mandatory in all European countries to practice the profession.

Which are the rules related to the recognition of professional qualification in the EU countries?
From 2005 the recognition of professional qualifications is regulated in Europe  by the Directive 2005/36/CE, amended in 2013 with the Directive 2013/55/EU which introduced many new elements compared to the pre-existing European legislation.

The amendment was part of the actions of the Single Market Act I considered a priority for the development of the EU Internal Market, in particular to facilitate the mobility of professionals.
The Directive has been implemented by the Member States introducing the new rules into their national law or through the national ENIC NARIC centres (see here the adopted modalities by UK NARIC) .
Universities in the U.S.
The university system in the USA
The course of university studies in the United States is structured differently from the European one and is divided as follows:

  • "Core Courses", courses of general education with programs that provide the foundation of university education compulsory for all students, that cover subjects such as, e.g., Mathematics, Humanities, Natural and Social Sciences;
  • "Major Courses", simply defined as "Major", are courses that generally begin in the third year of study and are inherent in the chosen field of specialization of which some are required and others are optional;
  • "Minor Courses", are the second level of specialization of university studies and provide a smaller number of courses to be taken with a course of study that may be related to that performed for "Major Courses" or completely different;
  • "Academic Tracks" at the time of the choice of specialization, the student can follow a given path composed of a group of academic courses that focus on a specific discipline of study or complementary that can be customized to follow the interests of the student.

The system relating to university credits provides for the division of teaching units in semesters or on an annual basis; each subject is passed attending courses or carrying out training or practical activities, to reach the minimum number of credits awarded.
The structuring of the courses as described above allows flexibility, dynamism, richness of content and multi-disciplinarity.
It is possible to obtain credits through projects, papers or checks and evaluation tests carried out during the course, or even attending conferences, seminars, or conducting and participating in additional activities, including sports can make to achieve additional credits (for courses delivered online, however, apply to the possibilities listed above except the last that is valid only for courses taken on-site).
Finally, for those who always attend the campus, it is possible to obtain credits, taking tutoring or assistance to teachers.

The U.S. university system focuses on the teacher-student relationship, since being able to choose the courses to be taken, the interest and motivation of those who attend are implied (perhaps it is even more emphasized the relationship that is created between  the teacher/tutor and the student in online courses).
The active participation to lectures, both provided on college campuses and online, is generally required because this method may be in the final evaluation of the course. Interactivity is very important, both in person in the classroom and in distance learning, through questions, tutorials, multimedia, insights, etc.

It is also worth to point out that a student who attends a University in the U.S. is unlikely to assist in his studies for a typically "front" lesson (the classic lecture where the teacher talks and the students silently take notes). In fact, teachers often urge students to perform the same operations that also will be evaluated: at the time of the presentation of projects or voluntary supplementary activities, students themselves lecture by presenting the results to the other participants in the course.
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