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The ECTS-System

The ECTS System

ECTS - the "European Community Credit Transfer System" - was developed by the European Union to provide an equal basis for the recognition of students' credits which are obtained during study abroad. The credits are rated on the basis of a common grading scheme, thus making it easier for the home university to fit the credits into its own requirements. The ECTS credits are awarded by a system which assesses the volume of work in relation to what students must perform during an academic year.

 

 
The following credit system applies:

 

Type of Course
Seminar/ Lecture/ Exercise/ Tutorial
ECTS
SWS
Civilization classes (Landeskunde)
Exercise
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 Lieterature
Lecture + Tutorial
6
3
Lecture + Tutorial
Lecture + Tutorial
3
3
Lecture (without tutorial)
Lecture
2
2
Proseminar
Seminar
6
2
Exercise (Translation, Oral Formulation, etc.)
Exercise
6
2
Hauptseminar
Seminar
8
2

 
For LLP/Erasmus students who need to obtain more or fewer credits for a certain course they are required to take, special arrangements can be made. Some additional course work (e.g. another oral report, a written report) can be assigned to the students in order to justify additional credits.

 

Grading scale

 

The following grading scale applies:
grade
grade description
ECTS grading scale
ausgezeichnet
extraordinary performance, brilliant
A
sehr gut
very good; an excellent performance, which completely meets the requirements
B
gut
good; a good performance, which meets the requirements in a good manner
C
befriedigend
satisfactory; a performance, which in general corresponds to the requirements
D
ausreichend
sufficient; a performance, which in spite of some faults still corresponds to the requirements
E
mangelhaft
failed; a performanc, which does not correspond to the requirements but which neverthelesss proves some basic knowledge and justifies the hope that the deficiencies can be removed in the foreseeable future
FX
ungenügend
failed, a performance, which does not correspond to the requirements and where even the basic knowledge is so faulty that the deficiencies are unlikely to be removed in the foresseable future
F
 

ECTS Course Assessment: Classes and Credits

 

The minimum study period for ECTS students is one semester: Students participating in ECTS programmes can receive 30 credits per semester and 60 credits per year under the following conditions: normally, each course and lecture lasts 2 x 45 minutes and is counted as 2 Semesterwochenstunden (SWS; the number of hours per week a given course takes place during a semester). In addition, each course is allocated a certain number of ECTS credits, depending on the workload of the course.
If you have further questions, please get in contact with our LLP/Erasmus Co-ordinator David Gloeckner in room 4011. You will find his weekly office hours at his door. David Gloeckner will also arrange for LLP/Erasmus students to obtain a transcript of records at the end of a semester.
 

Studying English at the University of Freiburg


There are certain restrictions if you want to study English at Freiburg University. To avoid misunderstandings make sure you inform yourself about these restrictions in the run-up.
 
If your home university has an agreement with the English Department at Freiburg University you will be allowed to study English after completing and passing the assessment test (see above).
If your sending institution does not have an agreement with the English Department at Freiburg University you will be allowed to study English if places are available.
If you are still unsure contact Samara Abed el Hafez: samara.abed.el.hafez@anglistik.uni-freiburg.de
In any case you should contact us as early as possible!
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