Exams and Credit System
ECTS is short for the European Credit Transfer System. This system is widely used across Europe to make it easier to compare the workload of courses across national borders. It is also used as the credit system at the University of Southern Denmark.
A full semester workload equals 30 ECTS credits. Two semesters equal 60 ECTS credits. Master courses often count as 10 ECTS credits, i.e. a third of one semester. Master students typically have 10-15 teaching hours per week.
Exchange and guest students are expected to take a full workload during their stay at the University, including exams.
As a student at the University of Southern Denmark you receive a grade transcript after your stay is over.
Full degree students receive their diploma. Exchange and guest students receive a grade transcript. The University only makes one original transcript/diploma which is sent directly to you.
As an exchange or guest student, it is your responsibility to give your home institution a copy of your grade transcript as soon as you receive it.
Grade transcripts are issued March for the exams completed in December and January and in August/September for the exams completed in May and June.
In order for the SDU to be able to send your transcript to your address in your home country, you must do the following:
- Report you new address to the National Register of the city you live in. This is done by using your NemID on Lifeindenmark.dk
Danish Grading Scale
The Danish grading system is in form of a 7-point grading scale. It is compatible with the ECTS grading scale.
Grade Description ECTS 12 For an excellent performance displaying a high level of command of all
aspects of the relevant material, with no or only a few minor weaknesses.
A 10 For a very good performance displaying a high level of command of
most aspects of the relevant material, with only minor weaknesses.
B 7 For a good performance displaying good command of the relevant
material but also some weaknesses.
C 4 For a fair performance displaying some command of the relevant
material but also some major weaknesses.
D 2 For a performance meeting only the minimum requirements
E 00 For a performance which does not meet the
minimum requirements for acceptance.
F -3 For a performance which is unacceptable in all respects. Fx