Academic credit system and grades

ECTS system and Grades

The College of Hotel Management applies the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) as a means of creating transparent study programmes, promoting student mobility, comparing study programmes, as well as recognising the achieved results and acquired qualifications. ECTS credits evaluate student engagement necessary to master the course as a whole, all subjects in a semester, academic year, and overall studies. ECTS credits are accumulated for the total student’s engagement related to active teaching (lectures, exercises, seminars, colloquiums, exams, final work), professional practice and independent student work. In accordance with the European Credit Transfer System, the score of each subject is expressed by an appropriate number of ECTS credits, and the scope of the study programme is expressed by the total of ECTS credits. A total of 60 ECTS credits corresponds to the average student engagement within the 40-hour working week during an academic year.

At The College of Hotel Management, basic vocational studies require 180 ECTS credits, one semester corresponds to 30 credits and all study programs of undergraduate vocational studies last six semesters.

Methodology of allocating ECTS credits

ECTS is based on the workload of a student in mastering particular study units. The College of Hotel Management, in line with the national law on Higher education, awards 60 ECTS for one study year (30 ECST per semester). Due to the fact that one semester at the majority of HEIs in Serbia lasts 22,5 weeks (15 weeks of teaching + exams and holidays) and assuming an 8-hour student “working” time 5 days in a week, the total “working time” of a student per semester is: 22,5 x 5 x 8 = 900 hours. Since one semester is worth 30 ECTS, the calculated value of one ECST (in hours) is: 1 ECTS = 900/30=30 hours. This means that for 30 working hours, a student earns 1 ECTS. This means that a student workload is a time sum of all activities an average student must complete in order to pass an exam.

Grading system

The grading system at The College of Hotel Management in Belgrade fully corresponds to the ECTS grading system. Student’s achievement is continuously assessed and it is expressed in points. By fulfilling the exam preceding duties and by passing exams, the student can achieve a maximum of 100 points. Each subject within the study programme determines the number of credits earned through the pre-examination and examination requirements. Pre-examination obligations participate with at least 30 and maximum 70 credits. The student’s success in the exam is expressed in grades from 5 to 10 with the corresponding number of credits allocated for each grade: grade 6 (six) from 51 to 60 credits, grade 7 (seven) from 61 to 70 credits, grade 8 (eight) from 71 to 80 credits, grade 9 (nine) from 81 to 90 credits and grade 10 (ten) from 91 to 100 credits. Grade 5 is not entered on the student report card.

Grading scale

Grade Grade description Points ECTS
Percentage of successful
normally achieving the grade
10 Excellent – outstanding 91-100 A 10%
9 Excellent 81-90 B 25%
8 Very good 71-80 C 30%
7 Good 61-70 D 25%
6 Sufficient 51-60 E 10%
5 Insufficient – failed less than 51 F