What is the credit system? How does it work?
A credit is the measuring unit of the number of hours per semester. To every diploma corresponds a definite number of credits. Credits facilitate the flexibility among the different university programs, as well as students’ mobility. Acquired credits are capitalized and sometimes can be transferred from a Faculty/Institute to another or even from a university to another.
The number of credits per student and per semester is 12 credits minimum and 18 credits maximum for the undergraduate program and between 3 (excluding the thesis) to 12 for the graduate program.
A course consists of one or
many credits. Every course is assigned a level of education. A student cannot register the course if he does not validate the prerequisite course(s) if necessary.
The academic year is divided into 2 semesters, fall and spring, and a summer session.
A semester is made of 15 weeks: 14 teaching weeks and 1 week for final exams. In average, the summer session is made of 6 weeks of intensive courses followed by final exams. Courses provided during the summer have exactly the same number of hours as the fall and spring semesters.
Timing : 1 credit represents 1 teaching hour (50 minute course) per week during a 15 week semester (including exams and assessments). A 3 credit course represents therefore 45 hours of attendance, including exams. Sessions of practical work, directed work, group work or laboratory work count 30 hours of attendance for 1 credit.
1 credit = 15 teaching hours/semester
1 credit = 30 hours of practical work, directed work or laboratory/semester.
Trainings in companies and hospitals follow specific regulations.