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Student Grading System and ECTS

About the ECTS System

The European Credit Transfer System was initially set up in 1989 as a pilot scheme within the framework of the Erasmus program. Its aim at that time was to facilitate the recognition of study periods undertaken abroad by mobile students through the transfer of credits.

A large number of countries have adopted ECTS by law as an accumulation system for their own higher education systems and others are in the process of doing so.

ECTS makes study programmes easy to read and compare. It can be used for all types of programs, whatever their mode of delivery, and for lifelong learning purposes. It serves both mobile and non-mobile students: it can be used for accumulation within an institution and for transfer between institutions. For these reasons the well-known acronym „ECTS” now stands for „European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System”.

The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a student-centred system based on the student workload required to achieve the objectives of a program of study. These objectives should preferably be specified in terms of learning outcomes and competences to be acquired.

ECTS is based on the principle that 60 credits measure the workload of a full-time student during one academic year. The student workload of a full-time study programme in Europe amounts in most cases to around 1500-1800 hours per year and in those cases one credit stands for around 25 to 30 working hours. Sensibly, 30 credits correspond to a study semester and 20 credits to a study trimester.

Credits in ECTS can only be obtained after successful completion of the work required and appropriate assessment of the learning outcomes achieved.

For the exams and credit test the following marks and relevant grades from ECTS system are used:


ECTS grade

Mark definition

very good

– 5.0


Significant achievements

good plus

– 4.5


Above average standard


– 4.0


Generally solid work

satisfactory plus

– 3.5


Satisfactory work


– 3.0


The results meet the minimum criteria


– 2.0


The material should be thoroughly revised


A student should pass all the courses before graduation according to the applicable syllabus. Ranking objects determined in layouts of studios and programs of the education is a base of receiving a credit for a course what is tantamount to getting the appropriate number of items of the European System of the Transfer and the Accumulation of final Points (ECTS), determined in plans of studies and programs of educating in the given semester. Not every course is followed by an examination, however each one is ending with the credit test. The base of ranking all active forms of classes (of exercises, laboratories, seminars itp) and of lectures not-ending with the examination there are positive results of the current control of the knowledge and abilities. Final ranking classes consists in the verification of effects of education. Prior ranking compulsory classes in the given object is a condition of allowing to sit an exam. Practice and sports camps constituting the integral part of a process of the education are also subject to a compulsory credit.

Program details concerning ECTS for specific university course can be obtained upon request from the International Office

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