Evaluation and credits
For all courses, student coursework will be evaluated based on criteria defined and communicated by the faculty at the start of the course. Methods of evaluation generally include one or several written or oral examinations.
Evaluation is based on a grading system ranging from 1 to 6 with quarter point increments, or the mention “pass” or “fail”. A grade equal or superior to 4, or a “pass” will result in the corresponding number of ECTS credits.
The criteria for evaluation and the attribution of credits are governed
Bologna Process and ECTS Credits
The Bologna Process seeks to create a European Higher Education Area by 2010 by making national academic and quality assurance standards comparable and compatible throughout Europe through the introduction of a European-wide system of credits, the ECTS.
Switzerland and the Graduate Institute are using this system which allows educational programmes to be weighted on the basis of a system of credits. These credits are an expression of the number of hours of study required for the successful completion of a course within any given semester. Under the Masters’ programmes, a semester is equivalent to 30 ECTS credits ; one credit is equivalent to approximately 25 to 30 study hours.