Credit system

The International Hellenic University (IHU) implements the learner-centered European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) to all its programmes and to their respective educational components on the basis of provisions included in the ECTS User’s Guide (2015) and in relevant legislation (Hellenic Government Gazette No 3374/2005, Chapter B, “Credit Transfer and Accumulation System” and Government Gazette No 1466/2007 “Implementation of the Credit Transfer and Accumulation System”).The University currently offers second and third cycle programmes.

ECTS is used at the IHU for credit transfer and accumulation on the basis of the transparency of learning outcomes and learning processes. Learning outcomes describe what a learner knows, understands and is able to do upon successful completion of a learning process. ECTS credits are based on the workload students need to achieve the intended learning outcomes of their programme of study (and its educational components). Student workload indicates the time students typically need to complete all learning activities required to achieve the expected learning outcomes (for example, contact hours, individual or group work, assessment etc.).

Credits are allocated to entire qualifications / study programmes as well as to their educational components and are allocated to individual students (full-time and part-time) after completion of the learning activities required by their programme of study and/or by a single educational component and the successful assessment of the achieved learning outcomes.

60 ECTS credits are allocated to the workload of a full-time year of formal learning (academic year) and the associated learning outcomes. Student workload ranges from 1.500 to 1.800 hours for an academic year, whereby one credit corresponds to 25 to 30 hours of work. Based on that ECTS key feature, 30 ECTS credits are normally allocated to a semester and 20 ECTS credits to trimester. Credit allocation takes place in compliance with the requirements of the Hellenic National Qualifications Framework, which complies with the overarching Framework of Qualifications for the European Higher Education Area and the European Qualifications Framework.

Credit transfer and accumulation are facilitated by the use of ECTS Key Documents (e.g. Student Application Form, Learning Agreement, Transcript of Records). In addition, a Diploma Supplement is issued to every student upon graduation. It is worth noting that the International Hellenic University has been awarded a Diploma Supplement Label by the European Commission for the period 2012-15.

The award of a degree is calculated based on the overall aggregate of the weighted course marks according to their credit value. Marks are awarded on a scale from 0.00 to 10.00.The lowest passing mark is 5.00.

Degree classification is determined as follows:

  • Distinction: 8.50-10.00
  • Merit: 6.50-8.49
  • Pass: 5.00- 6.49