6.3.2 The grading system

Academic performance is assessed by grades/marks on a scale from 1.0 to 5.0. Additionally, each course carries a certain weight, which is expressed in credit points (Studienpunkte, SP). The more credit points a course or subject carries, the more influence it has on a student's average grade.

Usually, credit points are awarded in accordance with the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). In contrast to previous practice, credit points not only refer to participation in teaching sessions. They also reflect the entire effort involved in attending a lecture or contributing to a seminar, including preparation and follow-up work, presentations and written work, as well as revision for tests or examinations. One credit point approximately corresponds to the equivalent of 25-30 working hours. 30 credit points are expected to be obtained per semester.


Grading scale:

1.0 and 1.3: excellent (sehr gut)
1.7, 2.0 and 2.3:          good (gut)
2.7, 3.0 and 3.3: satisfactory (befriedigend)
3.7 and 4.0:    sufficient (ausreichend)
from 4.1: failed (nicht ausreichend)