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    Deliberation regulations at the VUB

    On this page you can find all information on which failed courses can be accepted, how exam results are rounded and which academic levels of distinction are granted when you finish the programme.

    The information on this page summarizes the teaching and examination regulations 2018-2019 of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.  Faculties can have additions to these central regulations. You can find them in the supplementary faculty teaching and examination regulations.

    Failing a course, not a programme

    In the first year of the bachelor programme some failed courses are accepted.

    You have successfully passed the first year of the bachelor programme if all your grades are at least 10/20 OR if you meet certain requirements, despite of failed courses

    Bachelor programme

    First year of the bachelor programme

    You have successfully passed the first year of the bachelor programme as a whole if all your grades are at least 10/20 OR if you meet the following requirements, despite of failed courses (= grades under 10/20).

    • You have an average of 55%

    • You have a maximum of 3 points under 10/20. For example a 9/20 and a 8/20.

    • You have maximum 2 courses with a grade under 10/20

    • You do not have a grade below 8/20

    If you don't meet these requirements, you have to retake the failed exams (= grades under 10/20)

    Good to know: these rules will be applied automatically, you don't have to request anything.

    Second and third year of the bachelor programme

    You have successfully passed the second and third year of the bachelor programme if all your grades are at least 10/20. Failed courses can not be accepted.

    Retaking an exam of a course with an allowed unsatisfactory grade?

    You may, during the course of the academic year, use a second examination opportunity to retake any examination with an unsatisfactory grade, even though the failed courses were accepted. For this, you must submit a written request to the faculty secretariat within 7 calendar days of the day after the electronic communication of your exam results of the second semester. If you register for the second examinations period, your original result becomes irrevocably void and the new result obtained will become final. The earlier result is adjusted (article on deliberations in the teaching and examination regulations).

    Other programmes

    You have successfully passed master’s, bridging and preparatory programmes if all your grades are at least 10/20. Failed courses are not accepted.

    Sometimes it comes down to a decimal

    The rounding of exam results can make all the difference.

    All grades and averages will be rounded as follows:

    • rounded down if the decimal is < (less than) 0,5 (9,4/20 will be 9/20)
    • rounded up if the decimal is ≥ (more than or equal to) 0,5 (9,5/20 will be 10/20)

    The rounding will be applied to the exam result only. This will not be done for the possible separate parts that will lead to the final exam result.

    You can read about this regulation in the articles on deliberations in the teaching and examination regulations.

    Ranging from merit to greatest distinction

    Calculate your average and see what distinction you have.

    Based on the average final result of a student who passed successfully, an academic level of distinction will be awarded.

    To calculate the average result you multiply the credits of a certain course unit with your score. Thereafter you divide this number by the total amount of credits you have finished in your programme.

    The following academic levels of distinction shall be awarded:

    • passed with merit: the average final result is less than 68%
    • passed with distinction: the average final result is 68% or higher
    • passed with great distinction: the average final result is 77% or higher
    • passed with the greatest distinction: the average final result is 85% or higher

    The academic level of distinction will be indicated on your diploma.

    Upon completion of a bridging or preparatory programme students receive a specific certificate, not a degree. These students therefore cannot obtain an academic level of distinction.