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A full-time equivalent (FTE) measure attempts to standardise a student’s actual course load against the normal course load.

Calculating the full-time/part-time status requires information on the time periods for actual and normal course loads.

For the reduction of head-count data to FTEs, where data and norms on individual participation are available, course load is measured as the product of the fraction of the normal course load for a full-time student and the fraction of the school/academic year.

[FTE = (actual course load/normal course load) * (actual duration of study during reference period/normal duration of study during reference period).]

When actual course load information is not available, a full-time student is considered equal to one FTE.

Source Publication:
Education at a Glance, OECD, Paris, 2002, Glossary.

Cross References:
Full-time student
Mode of study
Part-time student
Study load

Statistical Theme: Education and training statistics

Created on Thursday, January 30, 2003

Last updated on Wednesday, March 5, 2003