What is a Learning Agreement?

Learning Agreement drawing in

A Learning Agreement is the “contract” you sign with both your home coordinator and your international coordinator, in which all of you swear you are going to stick to the terms written in the LA.

Which terms are those?

The subjects you are going to take in your home country, and in your host country. For example, in my case, I am going to take “Computer Networks” in Sweden, which I am going to pair with “Computer Networks” from Spain. That way, the mark I obtain in Sweden is the one that is going to appear in my home University record for that subject.

Seems easy, right? Well, not so quickly.

Complications it may bring.

You have to be really careful about the topics each subject touches. If the subject has the same name, but teaches completely different topics, your international coordinators are not going to agree on that to subjects being related on your LA.

How can you fix that?

I’m sorry, but the same answer as always in these posts: research. You are going to have to search through the host country’s University webpage to see the syllabuses of the courses, and check that they are aligned with your own syllabuses, and you have the same amount of ECTS credits in each country.

For example, in Spain each subject is 6 ECTS, and in Sweden they are 7.5 ECTS, so I take 10 subjects in Spain and only 8 in Sweden. In total, I am taking 60 ECTS each, so I can correlate my marks from one country to another.

Useful tips.

If you have any doubts with your learning agreement, I am sure your coordinator is there to help you. However, I would recommend having an Excel spreadsheet in which you could write all the subjects you need to take in your home country. List the ECTS credits, the semester they are on, their course code and the main topics they are about.

Then, in the same spreadsheet, make another list with the host country’s ones, and try to associate them based on the topics, so you have a general idea when you go talk to your coordinator the first time.

It’s never a good idea to go empty handed to a meeting.

Those are all my tips for today. See you soon in my next post!

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