Every student will receive an official transcript after the successful completion of all programme requirements. The transcript will show the course name and contact hours, the number of acquired credits as well as the achieved grades.

The Academic Board of the MISU defines the requirements and contact hours
 (1 contact hour comprises 45 minutes) for successful completion of the courses as follows:

  • Regular class attendance (maximum allowance of 3 hours missed classes)
  • Self-study and homework assignments
  • Preparation for and active participation in live seminars sessions
  • Short presentation on a subject-related topic
  • Essay sent by email; deadline is March 31st; Required essay length for the European Studies Intensive Programme: 4000 words

Grading procedure

European Studies 
Contact Hours: 60
ECTS Credits: 6

  • Essay (4000 words)           = 55 %
  • Presentation                      = 25 %
  • Active participation in class = 20 %

Grading Scale

Grades are defined from the Academic Board of the LMU in Munich according to its general grading system. The LMU differentiates 6 levels (from 1 to 6), which cover everything from introductory course work to original research. This course is offered for students having successfully completed level 1.

1Introductory course with intensive supervision; no course prerequisites; generally first year courses
2Introductory course, independent study techniques included; no specific course prerequisites; generally second year courses
3For advanced students, course prerequisites: successful completion of level 1 or 2; examinations test the students’ ability to apply knowledge and insights to new problems; generally third year courses
4Specialized course, course prerequisites: successful completion of level 2 or 3; extensive use of scientific articles; examination may include a small research project, an oral report or written work. This is a third year Bachelor’s or first year Master’s level course
5Scientifically oriented course; course prerequisites: successful completion of level 3 or 4; use of scientific advanced literature. This is a Master’s level course
6Very advanced scientific course; latest scientific developments included; examinations consist of a contribution to an unsolved problem with an oral presentation; Master’s or PhD level course

European Credit Transfer system (ECTS) and ECTS Credits

The ECTS was developed in order to provide common procedures that may guarantee academic recognition for studies abroad. ECTS credits are based on the workload students need in order to achieve expected learning outcomes. The ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) is a standard for comparing the academic level and performance of students in Higher Education across the European Union.

Students will be awarded 1 ECTS credit for 30 hours of work, including attending classes, self-study, examinations and essays. The following chart provides grading information:

Grading Procedure

The three grading sections in the programme are broken down as follows:

MISU        Grade        Description
Grade       ECTS    

1.0            A        Excellent

1,3            A        Very Good

1,7            B        Good

2.0            B        Good

2,3            B        Good

2,7            C        Satisfactory

3.0            C        Satisfactory

3,3            D        Sufficient

3,7            E        Sufficient

4.0            E        Fail

NA             F        No Grade