Academic progress is measured in credit points (ainepunkt, or ECTS credit). Credit points are calculated cumulatively based on the student’s workload. 1.5 credit points correspond to 40 hours or one week of studies performed by the student. Credit points are not related to the lecturing or any other workload of a member of the academic staff. The normal workload of an average student during a full academic year would be forty weeks of studies adding up to 60 ECTS credit points. Credit points are only awarded for successfully completed courses.
The descriptions of the study programmes specify the following aspects: the nominal length of studies, the balance of compulsory and optional subjects, the number of credits for specific courses together with a general description of the content, available majors within the study programme and requirements for graduation.