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Credits/ECTS/Grades

All institutions of higher education in Denmark use the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), which facilitates European credit transfer. Students receive certificates or other types of documentation for all completed courses. All students who complete a full degree or a diploma program receive a Diploma Supplement in English.

The grading system used in all state-regulated education is the 7-point grading scale. The grading scale is compatible with the ECTS grading scale. Apart from the 7-point grading scale, pass/fail assessment may also be used. Grades are given according to the academic targets set for the specific subject or course. This kind of grading is called the absolute grading method. The relative grading method which relies on a specific distribution of grades must not be used in state-regulated education in Denmark.

Here is an overview of the 7-point grading scale:

The 7-point grading scale The ECTS grading scale
12 For an excellent performance displaying a high level of command of all aspects of the relevant material, with no or only a few minor weaknesses A
10 For a very good performance displaying a high level of command of most aspects of the relevant material, with only minor weaknesses. B
7 For a good performance displaying good command of the relevant material but also some weaknesses. C
4 For a fair performance displaying some command of the relevant material but also some major weaknesses. D
02 For a performance meeting only the minimum requirements for acceptance E
00 For a performance which does not meet the minimum requirements for acceptance Fx
-3 For a performance which is unacceptable in all respects F

02 is the minimum grade for passing an exam.

There is no official comparison of the Danish and the American grading scale. The comparison below is meant purely as a guide for you, and it is in no way official or approved.

DK
Old 13-point grading scale

DK
New the 7-point grading scale

EU
ECTS grading scale
USA
US grading scale
11, 13 12 A A+
10 10 B A, A-
8, 9 7 C B+, B
7 4 D B-, C+, C
6 02 E C-, D+, D
03, 5 00 Fx D-, F
00 -3 F F

This table is created by the Denmark-America Foundation and Fulbright Commission and cannot be used as an official document.

If you have any questions about ECTS and Danish grades, you can contact our advisors at advising@daf-fulb.dk.