Teaching and exams
Each course unit consists of 13 teaching weeks per semester.
Your expected weekly contact-hours load will vary depending on the number of ECTS credits a course carries:
- 5 or 6 ECTS credits: 2 hours of lectures and 2 hours of tutorial / seminar sessions;
- 4 ECTS credits: 2 hours of lectures and 1 hour of tutorial / seminar sessions;
- 4 ECTS credits for foreign languages: 1 hour of lectures and 2 hours of tutorial / seminar sessions;
- 2 or 3 ECTS credits: 1 hour of lectures and 1 hour of tutorial / seminar sessions.
The total student workload for 1 ECTS is 30 hours (contact and self-study time combined).
Some courses incorporate activities such as monthly quizzes, short in-class quizzes, homework, papers, research projects, team assignments, etc. The majority of courses mandate a certain percentage of class attendance, with the exact percentage varying across courses.
There are midterm and end-term exams (Croatian word: kolokviji). Midterm exam is scheduled for the second half of November and the end-term for the second half of January for the autumn/winter semester. During the spring/summer semester, midterm is usually held during mid-April and the end-term at the beginning of June. For students who manage to achieve a positive grade through mid and end-term exams (see section "teaching and examining"), the earliest departure in the autumn/winter semester is at the end of January, and mid-June for the spring/summer semester.
Should a student not pass mid or end-term exams, (s)he can, alternatively, take the full exam (Croatian: ispit). Full exams are held after the end of the teaching period of each semester, during a four-week examination period. The examination period is organised into two halves. Each student can attempt an exam one per examination period half (i.e. twice per total examination period).
Generally, the exam consists of a written and/or oral part, however exact mode of examination is subject to per-course rules. Under each course syllabus published are prerequisites (students’ obligation) to enter the exam.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Students should respect the scheduled examination period. Individual examination schedule with a professor is not possible.
Grades range from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest achievable grade and 2 being lowest (grade 1 indicates failure to pass the exam).
Croatian grading scheme:
Conversion of Croatian grades into exchange student's national grade system is performed by student's home institution Departmental ECTS Coordinator upon receiving student's ToR with an attached table of the Croatian grading scheme.