Grading & workload ECTS

Current facets (Pre-Master)

Courses are mostly assessed by written exams (multiple-choice or open-ended questions) and/or writing essays and giving presentations. Exams usually take place after the last class. 

In the Netherlands, the traditional grading scale is from 1 to 10, where 1 is the lowest and 10 the highest grade. The pass mark for a single subject is 6. Grades 1 to 3 are rarely given. For your reference, based on an international comparison of grading systems, the conversion between Dutch and international grades is as follows:

UK to Dutch grades:

  • A+ = 9-10
  • A = 8-8.5
  • B+ = 7.5
  • B = 7
  • C+ = 6.5
  • C/D = 5.5-6.0
  • F = 5 or lower

US to Dutch grades:

  • A+ = 8.5-10
  • A = 8
  • A/A- = 7.5
  • B+ = 7
  • B = 6.5
  • B-/C = 6.0
  • D = 5.5
  • F = 5 or lower

Workload & ECTS

ECTS, the European Credit Transfer System, was developed by the commission of the European Union in order to provide common procedures to guarantee academic recognition of studies abroad. 60 ECTS credits represent the workload of a full year of study. 1 ECTS is the equivalent of 28 hours and includes lectures, reading, preparation for exams, the writing of papers, etc. All our courses have a workload of 5 ECTS.