Grading Scale

Grading Scale

The Dutch grading system has a scale from 1 (very poor) to 10 (outstanding). The lowest passing grade is 5.5.

Dutch grades

10

9

8

7

6

1-5

Dutch grade range

9.5-10

8.5-9.4

7.5-8.4

6.5-7.4

5.5-6.4

1.0-5.4

Explanation

Excellent

Very good

Good

Satisfactory

Pass

Fail

Frequency

0.2%

3.4%

16%

31.8%

34.4%

0-11.9%

EC Grade

A

B

C

D

E

F

Special marks

VD - Pass
O - Student did not meet the requirements to pass the course
NO - No show at examination

EC (European Credit) workload

In EC, 60 credits represent the workload of a full academic year. 1 EC is equal to 28 student working hours; these include class hours, self-study, preparations for exams, reading and/or writing papers.

For Bachelor exchange students, the minimum workload is 15 EC; maximum is 30 EC per trimester.

For Master exchange students, the minimum workload is 20 EC during the autumn term and 18 EC during the spring term (2 blocks). Maximum workload is 30 EC.

Students participating in our short Master exchange programmes have to complete a minimum workload of 12 EC in one block.