The University of Patras follows the national credit system which is dictated by the Regulation of the Greek Law for Higher Education, 1466/2007. Grades range from 0 to 10, with 10 being the highest grade awarded to an excellent performance of a student per course. A course is considered successfully passed, when the student has acquired at least the Grade 5 during the exams associated to this course. Students that receive lower grades than 5 are considered to have failed but retain the right to repeat the necessary exams in order to acquire at least 5.

Greek students normally take:

  •  4-6 years to attain their Bachelor’s Honours degree
  •  2 years to attain their Postgraduate degrees (MA, MSc)
  •  3-6 years to attain their Research Degree (PhD)

For Greek, European and International students there is an indicated way to calculate grades and credits based on the Bologna Process and the Greek Law.


ECTS Grade         % of successful students normally
                           students normally achieving the grande

A                                          10                                                   EXCELLENT
B                                          25                                                   VERY GOOD
C                                          30                                                   GOOD
D                                          25                                                   SATISFACTORY
E                                          10                                                    SUFFICIENT
FX                                          -                                                    FAIL-some more work required before
                                                                                                        the credit can be awarded
F                                            -                                                    FAIL- considerable further work is required


5-10  PASS
< 5    FAIL


8.50 – 10.00   EXCELLENT
6.50 – 8.49     VERY GOOD
5.00 – 6.49     GOOD

ECTS, the European Community Course Credit Transfer System, was developed by the Commission of the European Communities in order to provide common procedures to guarantee academic recognition of studies abroad. It provides a way of measuring and comparing learning achievements using ECTS credits, and transferring them from one institution to another.

The ECTS system is based on the principle of mutual trust and confidence between the participating higher education institutions.

The few rules of ECTS, concerning

  • Information (on courses available),
  • Agreement (between the home and the host institutions) and
  • the Use of ECTS Credits (to indicate student workload)

are set out to reinforce this mutual trust and confidence.

  • Each ERASMUS department adopting the ECTS scheme describes the courses it offers not only in terms of content but also adding credits to each course.
  • ECTS creates curriculum transparency by providing detailed information on the curricula and their relevance towards a degree.
  • It helps academics to make academic recognition decisions thanks to prior agreement on the content of study programmes abroad between students and the home and host institutions.
  • The use of ECTS can also be a catalyst for reflection on course curriculum structure, student workload and learning outcomes.
  • With ECTS, higher education institutions preserve their autonomy and responsibility for all decisions concerning students’ achievements, without amending existing course structures and assessment methods: all course and assessments are those which are normally taken by regular students at the host institution.

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