Earning credits while studying abroad in Taiwan
The majority of courses at Shih Chien University are worth 2 or 3 local credits. In Taiwan, 18 teaching hours is valued as 1 credit. The 2-credit courses are organized once a week, whereas the 3-credit courses are organized twice a week over a semester of 18 weeks.
During the semester, students can earn up to 25 local credits. Bachelor-level students are required to complete courses worth a minimum of 9 credits per semester. The minimum requirement for Master-level students is 6 credits per semester.
One Taiwanese credit corresponds to 1.5 – 2 ECTS credits depending on home universities’ own credit calculation system. One completed course, therefore, most often converts to 3 – 6 ECTS credits depending on the total workload. When transferring credits, students should also take into account the work and time required for self-study, exercises, group work, preparing for quizzes and exams and the quizzes and exams themselves.
The conversion of Taiwanese credits into ECTS is determined by the relationship between the scope of a local degree program in credits and the time it takes to complete it, set against the European standard attainment of 60 credits per academic year. Accordingly, 138 (the scope of a Taiwanese degree in credits) / 4 (the length of the program in years) = 34,5 credits = local yearly goal.
Dividing the European yearly goal of 60 ECTS by the local yearly goal of 34,5 credits gives the coefficient 1,74. The scope of a 2-credit course multiplied by the coefficient is thereby 3,5 ECTS. The scope of a 3-credit course multiplied by the coefficient is thereby 5,2 ECTS.