Grading System

Under the Portuguese system, grades are given on a scale from 0 to 20, the minimum passing grade being 10.

The indications below can be followed as a reference:

18 to 20 - Excellent

16 and 17 - Very good

14 and 15 - Good

10 to 13 - Sufficient

0 to 9 - Fail

Exchange students take the same type of examination as regular students, who are continuously assessed in a variety of different ways.

These may include formal examinations at the end of each semester, participation and class attendance, group projects and the presentation of case studies or essays. Students are also asked to work with other students to illustrate their ability to work as part of a team.

Exchange students will be actively involved, encouraged to ask questions, join in discussions and argue with their teachers.

In some courses lectured in Portuguese, foreign students will be allowed to do their reports and written examinations in English or other foreign language but this will have to be agreed upon by teachers on a case-by-case basis at the beginning of classes.

The official Transcript of Records is issued by the Academic Services both in the Portuguese and ECTS scales. The transcripts are sent directly to the incoming exchange students about a month after the end of all exams at Iscte-iul. 

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