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