Program & Course Structure

Courses are assigned credits to aid in calculating the associated workload.
“Credit” means the number of “points” earned for completing a course; this figure serves mainly to calculate the amount of coursework a student completes.

1 CEU credit = 1 hour (50 minutes) per week / 12-week semester

  • Most courses are worth 2 CEU credits (meaning: the class meets weekly for 100 minutes and the course lasts the whole semester (twelve weeks).
  • 1 CEU credit calculated according to the US accreditation equals 2 ECTS credits, for both MA- and PhD-level courses.

It is also possible to audit a class, i.e. students may attend a course out of interest without doing out-of-class assignments. This appears on the transcript but earns no credits. Please note that language courses cannot be taken for audit. 

In order to graduate, two-year MA students (enrolled in AY 2020/21 and after) must earn 60 credits,

  • out of which 8 are earned for a successfully defended thesis (which represents supervised individual research).
  • The remaining 52 are course credits.

The syllabus (on E-learning) of each course specifies if the given course is evaluated with Pass/Fail or a Grade.

See more about registration in CEU's Student Handbook and in the 2YMA Booklet (below).