Formerly the EEAA

Understanding the ECTE Review Directory

The ECTE Review Directory lists the reviews of all ECTE institutional and programme accreditation procedures. After navigating from the initial listing to the chosen institution, three main blocks appear: Basic information, Institutional information and Programme information.


Basic information

The basic information block contains the following information:

  • Name of institution in local language – if other than English
  • Legal seat – this is the city and country where the institution is legally registered.
  • Operational seat – this is the city and country where the institution operates. This may be different from the legal seat, for example, in the case of extension centres or satellite campuses.
  • Type of campus – the options are: main campus, extension centre or satellite campus (for definitions see Guidelines for Distance and Online Education).
  • Website: the home page of the institutional website
  • ECTE membership – this is the year of initial ECTE membership. Note that ECTE membership is a separate category from ECTE accreditation (see ECTE membership).
  • Provider status – the two principal options here are Higher education institution (HEI) or Alternative provider of higher education (AP)(see more explanation here Accreditation and institutional status). Further explanations may also appear to further define the status of the provider beyond these two categories
  • Other arrangements – this is the place to list, for example, institutional cooperation with other universities, validation agreements, etc.
  • EHEA – the options are: yes (for institutions operating in the European Union), no (for all other institutions).

Institutional information

The institutional information block contains information pertinent to institutional accreditation.

  • Formal decision – the options are: Approved (following a positive review), Under Review (if there are unmet requirements following a review, once these requirements are met, the listing will be changed to Approved), Suspended (in case of unpaid fees or prolonged non-compliance to requirements). The link leads to a copy of the formal letter by the Accreditation Commission with further details related to the decision.
  • Date – this is the date of approved institutional accreditation
  • Valid until – this is the date after which the institutional accreditation expires. Normally this is 5 years, but in extenuating circumstances it may be extended upon substantiated request to 8 years.
  • Review report – different kinds of reports can be featured: Review Report (for a first review, including both institutional and programme standards), Cyclical Review Report (for a 5-year integrated review, including both institutional and programme standards), Institutional Review Report (if the institution has only undergone institutional review and not an ECTE programme review). The link leads to a full copy of the review report produced by the Visitation Evaluation Team following the last site visit (this is a 30-60 page document). Previous review reports can be found in the Review Report archive.

Programme information

The programme information blocks contains information pertinent to programme accreditation. Note: a separate distinct block will be produced for institutions that have more than one programme accredited.

  • Qualification nomenclature in local language – name of the qualification as advertised in the local language, with English translation if feasible.
  • EQF learning opportunity level – options: Level 5, 5 (partial), 6, 7 or 7 (partial). These levels are described in the ECTE Certification Framework 
  • ECTS Credits – these quantify each programme and also determine whether some of the EQF levels are complete or partial. Credit allocation for each level is described in the ECTE Certification Framework. For more information on ECTS credits, consult Guidelines for Programme Design and Using ECTS 
  • Learning outcomes – this is a descriptive section indicating the general learning outcomes of the programme as defined by the EQF level and applied to the discipline of theology. For EQF levels 6 and 7 a distinction is also made between research-oriented and practice-oriented programmes.
  • Duration: full-time equivalent
  • QF-EHEA level – classified either as short, first or second cycle. Applies only to higher education institutions (HEIs). Alternative providers of higher education are listed as N/A
  • ISCED level – options: Level 5, 6 and 7 with different sub-categories providing further specificity. This is an exercise in comparability to the UNESCO International Standard Classification of Education which is particularly useful for international student mobility. 
  • ICETE level – options: Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor, Master, Postgraduate Certificate. This is an exercise in comparability to the ICETE Qualification Comparability Framework which is particularly useful for student mobility and progression within global theological institutions.
  • Recognised by local HE authorities – options: yes/no. This specifics whether a qualification is recognised as a formal degree in the local context. Normally this is yes for HEIs, and no for APs. (see more explanation here Accreditation and institutional status).
  • Discipline – normally ‘Theology’, but other disciplines may also be involved in interdisciplinary programmes.
  • International arrangements – this is the place to list, for example, programme specific cooperation with other universities, validation agreements, etc.
  • Mode of delivery – options: Residential, Distance and Online, Blended
  • Language of delivery – more than one language may be indicated
  • Formal decision – the options are: Approved (following a positive review), Under Review (if there are unmet requirements following a review, once these requirements are met, the listing will be changed to Approved). The link leads to a copy of the formal letter by the Accreditation Commission with further details related to the decision.
  • Date – this is the date of approved programme accreditation
  • Valid until – this is the date after which the programme accreditation expires. Normally this is 5 years, but it may be extended up to 8 before a new review is required.
  • Review report – different kinds of reports can be featured: Review Report (for an first review, including both institutional and programme standards), Cyclical Review Report (for a 5-year integrated review, including both institutional and programme standards), Programme Review Report (if the institution has only undergone programme review and not an ECTE institutional review). The link leads to a full copy of the review report produced by the Visitation Evaluation Team following the last site visit (this is a 30-60 page document). Previous review reports can be found in the Review Report archive.
  • Agency – name of the accreditation agency, more than one agency may be involved in dual or joint accreditation procedures.
  • Other – any other relevant information about the programme