Credit & Grading System

As a general rule, the credit system used at Boğaziçi University is a credit-hour system based on contact hours, similar to most North American Higher Education Institutions (HEI). A 3-credit course means three hours of weekly lectures or two hours of lectures and two hours of laboratory work every week.

The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) system is used in parallel, with 60 ECTS corresponding to the workload in an academic year for a total of 1500 hours. First-cycle studies require 240 ECTS, second-cycle studies require 120 ECTS, and third-cycle studies require 240 ECTS for completion.

The transfer of credits obtained by Boğaziçi University at partner HEIs requires a detailed Learning Agreement signed by the student, the academic advisor/departmental coordinator, and the institutional coordinator. The Learning Agreement must include details of the courses to be taken abroad and  of the local courses in the curriculum from which the student will be exempted (i.e., the credits will be deemed to have been completed) upon successful completion of courses taken abroad. Boğaziçi University seeks fair recognition based on learning outcomes as per stipulated in the ECTS Users' Guide of 2009.

The grading system used at Boğaziçi University is similar to those used in North American HEIs. After evaluating all the exams, assignments, and other requirements, the instructor assesses the performance of the student in terms of the grades below:

Grade                                     Weight

AA       Excellent                     4.0

BA       Good-Excellent           3.5

BB       Good                           3.0

CB       Passing-Good              2.5

CC       Passing                        2.0

DC       Passing-Poor               1.5

DD       Poor                            1.0

F          Fail                          0.0

A first-cycle student is required to complete the curiculum with a grade point average of at least 2.0.