Universities in different countries, and even different universities in a same country, work with different systems for marking and for crediting the amount of work a course involves. This can naturally complicate the translation of your results at Utrecht University to the system used by your home university.

Utrecht University uses a ten-point grading scale, in which 10 is the highest mark. Marks of 6 and up count as a pass. A mark of 10 is awarded only for exceptionally good work. 

Final marks obtained for course modules will be rounded off to one decimal place, except in the case of a 5 or 6:

  • final marks between 4.95 and 5.49 will be rounded off to 5 (unsatisfactory);
  • final marks between 5.50 and 5.99 will be rounded off to 6 (pass).

Marks for component parts of course modules will not be rounded off.

If you have not met all the test requirements of a course module or quit prematurely, Osiris designates it as “NC” (Not Completed).

Utrecht University operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) for awarding credits. Increasing numbers of European countries (not all, however) now make use of this system. In ECTS, a credit equals a student workload of 28 hours. Course descriptions also list the course’s credit value. All programmes are designed so that you will attain an average of 60 European Credits (EC) a year. 

At home

Not all universities use European Credits to determine student workloads. To find out what the value of European Credits is in the system your home university uses, you multiply the number of European Credits you have achieved by the annual maximum number of credits at your home university, and divide the result by 60. 

As an equation

Number of HUC* = number of EC × (annual maximum HUC* / 60)

* HUC: credits in the home university’s system

Nuffic (Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education) has published an interesting article comparing the Dutch grading sytem with those in the USA and the UK.