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ECTS-Punktesystem

 

ECTS – the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System – was developed by the European Union to provide an equal basis for the recognition of academic credits obtained during study abroad. The credits are awarded on the basis of a common grading scheme, so students can easily transfer credits from one European institution to another. The allocation of ECTS credits is based on the learning achievements and workload of a course.

 

 Credit points are allocated as follows:

Course example
Type of course
ECTS
credits
Hours
per week
Regional cultural studies (Landeskunde)
Practical
6
2
Introduction to Synchronic Linguistics
Lecture + tutorial
6
4
Introduction to Diachronic Linguistics
Lecture + tutorial
6
3
Introduction to English/American Literature
Lecture + tutorial
6
4
Survey of English Literature
Lecture + tutorial
6
3
Lecture with tutorial
Lecture + tutorial
3
3
Lecture (without tutorial)
Lecture
2
2
Introductory seminar (Proseminar)
Seminar
6
2
Practical (translation, oral practice, etc.)
Practical
6
2
Upper-year seminar (Hauptseminar)
Seminar
8
2

 
Special arrangements can be made for Erasmus students who need to obtain more or fewer credits for a specific course. Additional course work (e.g. an extra oral report, a written report) may be assigned in order to justify the additional credits.

 

Grading Scale


The following grading scale applies:

Grade
Grade description
ECTS grading scale
ausgezeichnet         
Extraordinary; exceeds all expectations
A
sehr gut
Very good; fully meets all requirements
B
gut
Good; meets the requirements
C
befriedigend
Satisfactory; generally corresponds to the requirements
D
ausreichend
Sufficient; in spite of some faults, still corresponds to the requirements
E
mangelhaft
Failed; does not meet requirements but shows some basic knowledge, which gives hope that the deficiencies can be overcome in the foreseeable future
FX
ungenügend
Failed; does not meet requirements and even the basic knowledge is so faulty that the deficiencies are unlikely to be overcome in the foreseeable future
F
 

ECTS Course Value: Classes and Credits

The minimum study period for Erasmus+ students is one semester. Students generally receive 30 credits per semester and 60 credits per year with an average course load. Classes normally last 2 x 45 minutes, which counts as 2 Semesterwochenstunden (SWS; the number of hours per week a course takes place during a semester). Each course is allocated a certain number of ECTS credits, depending on its workload and SWS.

If you have further questions, please get in contact with our Erasmus+ coordinator, Fabiana Kutsche, in Room 4011. You will find her weekly office hours on the door. She will also arrange for Erasmus+ students to obtain a transcript of records at the end of their semester(s) here. 

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