The academic year at HSE starts on September 1 and ends on June 30, and is divided into two semesters:
Fall Semester: 1 September - 31 December
Spring Semester: 10 January - 30 June
The two semesters are themselves divided into four quarters (known as "modules" in Russian). Courses range in length from one quarter to four quarters. Exchange students and free-movers are expected to study at HSE for at least 1 full semester.
National and Public Holidays in 2015-2016
New Year & Christmas Holidays
International Women's Day
Labor Day & Spring Day
National Unity Day
HSE uses the ECTS system (European Credit Transfer System). 1 HSE credit is equal to 1 ECTS credit and includes total student workload (lectures, seminars, projects, assignments, independent workload, etc.). Students are required to complete 60 credits in an academic year (30 credits per semester). The ECTS grades and corresponding HSE exam marks can be found in the table below.
Student Workload (including all types of curricular and extracurricular training within each course) is defined in academic hours (classroom hours) and credits.
1 academic hour = 40 minutes
1 academic year = 60 credits
1 ECTS = 38 academic hours depending on complexity
Total workload per student is 54 academic hours per week (including in-class activity* and independent work)
*Lectures, seminars, masterclasses, practical training, independent work, research work, internship hours, research internship, participation in research or project-based seminars, writing of essays, reports, tests, laboratory work, workshops, colloquiums, term papers/course projects writing etc.
Routine Evaluation - regular testing of students' knowledge development in the classroom (homework, tests, reports, essays, course projects etc) (a.k.a. cumulative grade).
Intermediate Evaluation - assessment of learning results for a specified period of time (e.g. at the end of the 1st module for a course of more than one module's duration) (a.k.a. exam grade/midterm exam).
Final Evaluation - assessment of final learning result (a.k.a. final exam grade).
The content and forms of routine, intermediate and final evaluation along with the procedure for calculating the course grade can be found in the course syllabus. The final course grade is calculated using a weighted sum of the cumulative grade and the exam grade.
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