Study Information

Read more about the workload, our grading system, attendance rules, plagiarism, exams and our Writing Guide.

Courses are denominated in EC credits. The European Credit (EC) was developed by the Commission of the European Union in order to provide common procedures within Europe to guarantee academic recognition of studies abroad.

In EC credits, 60 credits represent the workload of a full year of study. 1 EC is the equivalent of 28 hours and includes lectures, reading, preparation for exams, independent study, and the writing of papers. A 5 EC course has approximately 5 contact hours a week.

The fulltime workload during the exchange programme is 30 EC per semester (15 EC per term), which equals 840 student working hours. 

In the Netherlands, the traditional grading scale is from 1 to 10, where 1 is the lowest and 10 the highest grade. The passing mark for a single subject is 5.5. Grades 1-3 are very rarely given, and the same is true for grades 9-10*. The most common grades in higher education are 6 and 7.

For more information about the Dutch Grading System, check out the Nuffic website.

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* Grading practise in the Netherlands differs from the rest of the world inasmuch as the really high grades (10 and 9) are rarely awarded, regardless of the achievements of a given group of students. It is part of the grading culture in the Netherlands, dating back to the late 19th century when the scale from 10 to 1 was officially introduced. At the time, it was decided that a 10 should only be awarded in the case of absolute perfection. But as it was felt to be almost blasphemous for mere mortals to be the judge of absolute perfection, a 10 was hardly ever awarded. Instead, the 9 was considered to be a slightly less impossible goal to reach. With the advent of multiple choice testing and the yes/no type of questions, 10s and 9s came within reach of ambitious students. To this day, however, these grades are still very rarely given in oral examinations or open question testing, such as essays, presentations, project reports or dissertations.

Source: Nuffic

It is important to note that for all work forms (e.g. work groups, tutorials, seminars, workshops), except for lectures*, attendance is mandatory. The following procedure applies here:

  • If a student is unable to attend, he or she must notify the lecturer in advance, providing reasons.
  • A student who is absent once may fulfil the attendance obligation without any extra assignment, provided that the student is indeed present for all other classes. However, any missed regular assignments must still be fulfilled.
  • A student who is absent twice may still fulfil the attendance obligation by producing an extra assignment, alongside the regular assignment(s). This assignment is always an individual assignment, is provided by the lecturer and must then be submitted to the lecturer within two weeks, by e-mail. Evaluation occurs on the basis of ‘Done’ or ‘Not done’.
  • A student who is absent more than twice is excluded from the subject.

* Generally lectures are not mandatory, and there are no sanctions for not attending lectures are not always imposed. However, there are some exceptions. If the lecture is mandatory, this will be stated in the description in 

A person is guilty of plagiarism if the work of other authors is used in part or in full in papers, theses and other written assessments of competence without stating the source (books, journal article, report, internet website, etc.). Such use of texts also includes quoting or paraphrasing without clearly indicating that this has been done. Plagiarism is strictly forbidden and sanctions will be imposed by the Examination Board if the lecturer signals that plagiarism has taken place.

If you are taking courses that are concluded with a written examination, and you fail your first exam, you can make use of the regular re-sit exams period of 25 June – 13 July 2018 (see the Academic Calendar). For the resits of the exams, you must register yourself (in June, using Osiris Student). You can do this 35 till 7 days before the re-sit and via Osiris Student (under the ‘Register for test’ option under the right course code. See the manual for detailed instructions).

OSIRIS will automatically register the highest grade as the final grade, if you retake the course in the same academic year.

If you cannot be in Rotterdam during the re-sit period, it’s not possible to take an advanced resit for courses or a take home exam. And you will only have one re-sit opportunity, just like the full degree students.

Classes show a mix of lectures (with 30 to 200 students), tutorials/seminars (vary in size, between 15 and 25 students), small team work and private study.

  • Lectures: for all students who follow the course.

    Attendance rules: lectures are optional, but highly recommended
  • Seminars: for all students who follow the course. 
    Attendance rules: seminars are mandatory 
  • Tutorial: choose one tutorials (see the number of the tutorial in the timetables). 
    Attendance rules: tutorials are mandatory

Once you have been selected for a course, we will send you information about choosing a tutorial/group.

All students at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication are expected to use the regulations set out in the Writing Guide in their assignments. 

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