Credits and grades

The academic year last 10 months and is divided in two semesters. Fall semester runs from August till December and spring semester from January until June.


Courses are measured in credits (SP = studiepoeng) according to the European Credit Transfer System standard (ECTS credits). The full-time workload for one academic year is 60 ECTS credits (60 SP). The full-time workload for one semester is 30 ECTS (30 SP).

The students’ academic performance is assessed both through final examinations and various assignments during the academic year. Grades are awarded according to a graded scale from A (highest) to F (lowest), with E as the minimum passing grade. A pass/fail mark is given for some examinations.



 General, qualitative description of valuation criteria 



An excellent performance, clearly outstanding. The candidate demonstrates excellent judgement and a high degree of independent thinking


 Very good

A very good performance. The candidate demonstrates sound judgement and a very good degree of independent thinking.



A good performance in most areas. The candidate demonstrates a reasonable degree of judgement and independent thinking in the most important areas.



A satisfactory performance, but with significant shortcomings. The candidate demonstrates a limited degree of judgement and independent thinking.



A performance that meets the minimum criteria, but no more. The candidate demonstrates a very limited degree of judgement and independent thinking.



A performance that does not meet the minimum academic criteria. The candidate demonstrates an absence of both judgement and independent thinking.


External links:

ECTS European Commision