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Credit system and grading

Study workload in the Netherlands is measured in ECTS (European Credit Transfer and accumulation System) credits.

Credit system and grading
Education: Credit system and grading

Dutch credit system (ECTS scheme)

Student workload is the notional time an average student needs to achieve the objectives of a programme. This includes lectures, seminars, assignments, laboratory work, independent study and exams.

60 credits represent the workload of a full-time study year. Apparently, every student has to complete 30 ECTS per semester.

Each credit represents 28 hours of work. Consequently, to complete the required learning outcomes of a full cycle (full-time, one-year programme) you are expected to spend 1.680 hours of work.

The ECTS credit system is useful to compare / evaluate different universities, programmes, courses, modules, dissertations or even students’ qualifications.

This page was last updated: 01/04/2022.