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Grading system and ECTS

The Austrian grading system ranges from 1 to 5:

1 = excellent
      (outstanding performance)

2 = good
      (generally good, but with some errors)

3 = satisfactory
      (generally sound work with a number of substantial errors)

4 = sufficient
      (performance meets the minimum criteria)

5 = failed
      (< 50%; substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work)


At the University of Vienna, the workload of an individual course is measured in ECTS credits. The use of ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) at European universities should ensure the possibility to transfer credits from one university to another (also across borders) and enhance the level of transparency.

In Austria the full workload for students comprises 30 ECTS per semester.

It depends on your home university how many ECTS credits exchange students have to obtain per semester, since the sending institution is in charge of the approval of the courses. Please contact your home university if you have questions regarding the amount of ECTS credits you need to obtain.

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