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ECTS and Grading Systems

ECTS

European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a standard for comparing the study attainment and performance of students of higher education across the European Union and other collaborating European countries.   

ECTS credits indicate the workload required to complete a course. 60 credits represent the workload of one year of study (two semesters), whereas 30 credits represent one semester.


The  grading scales 

University of Stavanger and Aalborg University both use the same grading scale (A - F), with the exception that Aalborg University also uses the grade Fx.
 

Grade

Description

Evaluation criteria

A

Excellent


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

B

Very good


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

C

Good


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

D

Satisfactory


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

E

Sufficient


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

 

Fx

 

Fail For a performance that does not meet the minimum requirements for acceptance.

F

Fail


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