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Course options / ECTS Grading system

Exchange students enrolling in the Faculty of Spatial Sciences will participate in courses offered by or through the International School of Spatial Policy Studies. The International School currently offers the following courses:

  • Spatial Problems and Spatial Policies: The Dutch Experience (10 EC, 13 weeks September-December and 10 weeks February-April, Bachelor's level and Master's level)
  • Spatial Planning Group Project (5 EC, 8 weeks November-January and 8 weeks April-June, Bachelor's level and Master's level)

Other course options are:

  1. Regular courses in English within the Faculty of Spatial Sciences. The Faculty of Spatial Sciences offers education and research in the subject areas of Human Geography (Economic Geography and Cultural Geography), Urban and Regional Planning, Environmental and Infrastructure Planning, and Demography. All courses in the two Bachelor's programs and the six Master's programs are fully delivered in English. Some courses have entry requirements or capacity restrictions, some courses are only for degree-seeking students.
  2. Regular courses offered in English at other Faculties of the University of Groningen with a maximum of 10 EC per semester. Usually, content-specific entry requirements, capacity limits or other restrictions apply. Exchange students accepted at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences are expected to take most of their courses at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences. Access to courses offered elsewhere in the University of Groningen must be arranged through the international coordinator at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences.
  3. Regular courses offered in the Dutch language at other Faculties of the University of Groningen.
  4. Language courses in various languages and at various levels offered by the University of Groningen's Language Centre.

The International Office can be contacted for advice on the availability and suitability of courses, participation options, learning agreements, transcripts and other course-related information.

ECTS Grading system





% of successful students normally achieving the grade



9 or 10


EXCELLENT - outstanding performance with only minor errors


8 or 8.5


VERY GOOD - above the average standard but with some errors


7 or 7.5


GOOD - generally sound work with a number of notable errors


6 or 6.5


SATISFACTORY - fair but with significant shortcomings


6- or 5.5


SUFFICIENT - performance meets the minimum criteria


FAIL - some more work required before credit can be awarded


< 5.5

FAIL - considerable further work is required

FAIL FAIL - considerable further work is required
'O' = 'Onvoldoende' FAIL - At least 1 course requirement (paper, exam, assignment etc.) graded, but not all course requirements submitted

1 full academic year = 60 ECTS credit points = 42 full study weeks (of 40 hours each)

1 ECTS = 28 hours of study

Last modified:22 February 2021 12.23 p.m.