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Dutch grading system


In the Netherlands, you can get a grade between 1 and 10 - 1 being the lowest, and 10 being the highest. But that's not all: a 10 is hardly ever given, as you will have to perform better than the lecturer in order to get one.

Twente Educational Model

The TEM (Twente Educational Model; in Dutch: Twents Onderwijsmodel or TOM) is characterized by the integration of project-led education (PLE) and other teaching methods in thematic fulltime study units – i.e. modules.


A project is at the centre of each module. By programming the other module components around these projects, an integrated complex is created. Students' learning needs are primarily driven by the project, in which they can also apply knowledge gained from the other module components.

TEM is completely shaped around the educational philosophy of the University of Twente, aiming to shape the global professionals of the future. Read more about the Twente Educational Model...

ECTS credits

A student’s workload is measured in ECTS credits. According to Dutch law, one credit represents 28 hours of work and 60 credits represent one year of full-time study. The grading system used in the Netherlands is on a scale from 1 (very poor) to 10 (outstanding). The lowest passing grade is 6; 9s are seldom given and 10s are extremely rare. Grades 1-3 are hardly ever used. The academic year is 42 weeks long.

Research University

The University of Twente is a research university, offering only Science Degrees (BSc and MSc). Read more about the difference between Universities of Applied Science and Research Universities here.

Exams only make up a small part of your grade. There is a lot of group work and there are many projects you have to work onManas from India, MSc Chemical Engineering