Recognition for your achievements

Part of your degree

For higher education students, studying or working abroad through Erasmus+ forms part of their degree and must be recognised accordingly. Formal academic recognition for the period abroad is from the home UK institution. Students are sometimes awarded a second qualification in recognition of their Erasmus+ study, and in all cases the study/work experience should be formally acknowledged on the degree transcript. The Erasmus Student Charter (840.27 KB) lists rights and obligations for Erasmus+ participants.

European Credit Transfer System

The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is a student-centred system based on the student workload needed to achieve the objectives of a programme. These objectives are generally specified in terms of the learning outcomes and competences to be acquired. ECTS was introduced in 1989 and is the only credit system which has been tested and used across Europe. ECTS is now developing into an accumulation system to be implemented at institutional, regional, national and European level, as one of the key objectives of the Bologna Declaration of June 1999.


Europass is a European-wide initiative to help individuals highlight their abilities in an effective and consistent way. It is free and provides document templates that can be personalised to help potential employers, educational establishments and training providers understand which subjects have been studied, what training has been completed or the type of work experience gained.

Youthpass is the equivalent for participants on Erasmus+ youth programmes to help them demonstrate what they have done and learnt.