Earning free ects credit at an online university
Hi there. I am currently doing a psychology degree at the Open University. UK Bachelor's take three year and consist of 180 credits. Afterwards I will be taking a year off to gain some practical experience and will then proceed to do a master's degree in the UK which consists of 90 credits. Now my problem is that if I want to work in Germany, where I currently live I am expected to have a Bachelor and Master consisting of at least 300 credits. So obviously I have 30 credits missing. The OU offers stand alone courses that I could complete additionally, however since the Bachelor alone costs over 13 thousand euros I was wondering if there are any European online institutions or universities that offer real credit for free, to make up for these missing credits without forking out even more money. Which also brings me to my second question, see below.
Is it possible to somehow have work experience converted to European credits? My friend is studying psychology at a German university and I noticed that they have trimester of practical work experience, where they have no lectures at all but are still awarded the full credit for this time period. My studies do not schedule a practical experience trimester, but I was wondering, since I am planning on getting some work experience in anyway, whether I might not be able to have some credit awarded for doing so? Has anyone done anything similar or know how to go about doing so? I asked at my uni and they seemed quite confused but seemed to be of the opinion that it was not possible. Thank you very much for any help or advice on the matter. :)
ECTS Users Guide is a big document but you might have to read it all. I notice a reference to compulsory work experience on page 16. Page 23 refers to credits for "informal learning". As far as I can tell, it seems to be the university that decides how many credits you get for what - so they should be able to tell you before you sign up for a course. NB, the document I linked also has a phone number at the top that you can call for help. (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) offers translations in case you'd rather read the German version.) 188.8.131.52 (talk) 19:28, 19 November 2012 (UTC)
Go back to your uni and say that you would like them to help you find work experience that gets you ECTS credits. They will need to ensure the quality of the placement, but many unis do exactly that. Itsmejudith (talk) 11:50, 20 November 2012 (UTC)
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Can the ongoing situation in Gaza be viewed as a practice run? --184.108.40.206 (talk)
There appears to be little to no credible evidence of such. The situation, militarily and politically, that Israel faces with respect to Palestine is quite unlike what it could face with respect to Iran. — Lomn 19:15, 19 November 2012 (UTC)
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There's been an 'upcoming Iran war' for as long as I can remember. Save your hot air. AlexTiefling (talk) 20:21, 19 November 2012 (UTC)
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Perhaps it's the reverse: An attempt, by Iran, to bog down Israel in Gaza by using Hamas, to prevent Israel from attacking it. StuRat (talk) 02:47, 20 November 2012 (UTC)