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Certificate/Credits

Grading Scale

Grades are defined from the Academic Board of the LMU in Munich according to its general grading system. The LMU differentiates 6 levels (from 1 to 6), which cover everything from introductory course work to original research. This course is offered for students having successfully completed level 1.

Level
Description 
1
Introductory course with intensive supervision; no course prerequisites; generally first year courses
2
Introductory course, independent study techniques included; no specific course prerequisites; generally second year courses
3
For advanced students, course prerequisites: successful completion of level 1 or 2; examinations test the students’ ability to apply knowledge and insights to new problems; generally third year courses
4
Specialized course, course prerequisites: successful completion of level 2 or 3; extensive use of scientific articles; examination may include a small research project, an oral report or written work. This is a third year Bachelor’s or first year Master’s level course
5
Scientifically oriented course; course prerequisites: successful completion of level 3 or 4; use of scientific advanced literature. This is a Master’s level course
6
Very advanced scientific course; latest scientific developments included; examinations consist of a contribution to an unsolved problem with an oral presentation; Master’s or PhD level course

European Credit Transfer system (ECTS) and ECTS Credits

The ECTS was developed in order to provide common procedures that may guarantee academic recognition for studies abroad. ECTS credits are based on the workload students need in order to achieve expected learning outcomes. The ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) is a standard for comparing the academic level and performance of students in Higher Education across the European Union.

Students will be awarded 1 ECTS credit for 30 hours of work, including attending classes, self-study, examinations and essays. The following chart provides grading information:


The Academic Board of the MISU defines the requirements and contact hours
 (1 contact hour comprises 45 minutes) for successful completion of the courses as follows:

  • Regular class attendance (maximum allowance of 4 hours missed classes)
  • Self-study and homework assignments
  • Preparation for and active participation in seminars
  • Short presentation in class on a subject-related topic
  • Essay sent by email; deadline is March 31st; Required essay length for the European Studies Intensive Program: 3500 words

Grading Procedure

The three grading sections in the program are broken down as follows:

MISU        Grade        Description
Grade       ECTS    

1.0            A        Excellent

1,3            A        Very Good

1,7            B        Good

2.0            B        Good

2,3            B        Good

2,7            C        Satisfactory

3.0            C        Satisfactory

3,3            D        Sufficient

3,7            E        Sufficient

4.0            E        Fail

NA             F        No Grade

European Studies Contact Hours: 60 ECTS Credits: 6

  • Essay (3500 words) = 55 %
  • Presentation = 25 %
  • Active participation in class = 20 %

German Class Contact Hours: 30 ECTS Credits: 3

  • Final test = 40 %
  • Group work = 35 %
  • Active participation in class = 25 %

Transcripts

Every student will receive an official transcript after the successful completion of all program requirements. The transcript will show the course name and contact hours, the number of acquired credits as well as the achieved grades.