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ECTS credits

You can earn up to four ECTS credits, for a Main course only, confirmed by the University of Bamberg, based on a workload of 30 hours for one credit.

On successful completion of the required work as detailed below, and following receipt of your grades from the instructor, ECPR will send you a credit certificate based on the University of Bamberg's rules. It is for your home institution to recognise these credits.

All participants who attend 80% of their course classes will receive a Certificate of Attendance, provided they attend the sessions and sign the attendance sheets.

If you want ECTS credits, tell your instructor on the first day of the course when you sign the attendance sheet.

Preparatory courses

No ECTS credits are awarded for these, only a Certificate of Attendance.

Main courses

ECTS credits are awarded for the following:

  • Attending the course: 2 credits (pass/fail grade). The calculation of ECTS credits is based on the assumption that students attend classes and carry out the necessary reading and/or other work prior to, and after, classes.
  • Attending the course and completing one task (see below): 3 credits (to be graded)
  • Attending the course and completing two tasks (see below): 4 credits (to be graded)


The task(s) to be assessed by the instructor and required to earn credits are listed below and must be graded (see below under tasks).

  • Daily assignments (graded daily, without feedback, as 0 Did not submit, 1 Insufficient, 2 Sufficient, 3 Excellent)
  • Take-home or seated exam (we will arrange a date suitable for everyone)
  • Take-home paper (the Instructor will set a deadline for completion but no later than three weeks after the end of the course)
  • Class project

We ask instructors to make at least two of these four options available to students.

Institutional grading system

  1. Very good (pass)
  2. Good (pass)
  3. Satisfactory (pass)
  4. Sufficient (pass)
  5. Unsatisfactory

Indicative conversion table

Each country or/and institution may have their own conversion tables for grades. This scale is designed merely to facilitate conversion and provide general indication about the grading used by Winter School instructors. Local institutions will convert the scale according to their own conversion tables.

Grading system Grade points     Germany    United Kingdon The Nertherlands Switzerland     USA  
1 97–100 1.0-1.3 70-100 8.5-10 5.5-6.0   A+
93–96 A
91–92   A-
89–90   A-
2 85–88 1.7-2.3 60-69 7-8 5.0    B+
81–84 B
80 B
76–79   B-
3 72–75 2.7-3.3 50.59 6-6.5 4.5    C+
71 C
67–70 C
63–66   C-
4 61–62 3.7-4.0 40-49 5.5 4.0    D+
59–60    D+
55–58 D
51–54  D-
5 41–50 <4.0 <40 <5.5 <4.0 F
1–40 F

Remember: if you want to earn credits, tell your instructor on the first day of the course when you sign the attendance sheet.