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 (Leistungspunkte, LP). 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 the previous practice of counting the weekly credit hours of a course (Semesterwochenstunden, SWS), credit points not only refer to the length of participation in the teaching sessions, but rather 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.


Overview of the 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)