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Degrees and Credit Systems

A quick introduction to our credit, grading and degree system.

Our credit system

A normal workload is 30 credits (ECTS) per semester or 60 credits per academic year. Every week of full-time study corresponds to 1.5 credits.

What is ECTS

ECTS stands for European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System. The system is common in European countries and helps the recognition of higher education completed in other countries.

What is ECTS on European commission website

Our grading system

There are four grading systems at the University of Gothenburg. The course syllabus will specify which grading scale applies for each course. A grading scale may be specified in a footnote on the print-out of the transcript of records or course certificate.

Two-scale grading system:
U: Fail, G: Pass

Three-scale grading system:
U: Fail, G: Pass, VG: Pass with Distinction

Four-scale grading system:
U:Fail, B: Pass, Ba: Pass with Credit, AB: Pass with Distinction

Six-scale grading system:
A: Excellent, B:Very Good, C: Good, D: Satisfactory, E: Sufficient, F: Fail

Read more about our grading system at the Student Portal

Degrees, certificates and credit transfers

When you have completed your studies and want to receive your degree certificate, you must apply for the degree yourself. Your degree certificate will show the degree awarded, courses included, grades for the courses and the date on which the courses were completed. The degree certificate is in both Swedish and English.

Read more about degrees, certificates and credit transfers at the Student Portal


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