Credits at Royal Holloway are known as course units. A course unit is a highly structured course which provides thematic consistency, defined content and contact hours, learning outcomes and assessment procedures.
Some course units are defined as ‘whole units’ and some as ‘half units’, depending on the intensity, duration, or content of the course. One ‘whole’ course unit comprises approximately 300 study hours in total, including attending lectures and seminars, as well as independent study.
The European Credit Transfer System equivalents and a rough estimate of US semester hours equivalent of course units are:
- 0.5 course unit = 7.5 ECTS = 4 US semester hours (approx.)
- 1 course unit = 15 ECTS = 8 US semester hours (approx.)
Visiting students at Royal Holloway are required to enrol on a full-time basis and must maintain full-time status throughout their stay. Full-time study at Royal Holloway consists of:
- A minimum of 2.5 course units (37.5 ECTS) or a maximum of 4 course units (60 ECTS) for students staying the full year.
- A minumum of 1.5 course units (22.5 ECTS) or a maximum of 2 course units (30 ECTS) for students staying for Term 1 only OR Terms 2 and 3.
Therefore, a student staying for the full year must take a minimum of 37.5 ECTS, but is permitted to take a maximum of 60 ECTS. A student staying for Term 1 only or Terms 2 and 3 must take a minimum of 22.5 ECTS, but is permitted to take a maximum of 30 ECTS.
Your home university may require you to take the full load of 60 ECTS for the full year, or 30 ECTS for Term 1 only or Terms 2 and 3. Please check with the International Office or Exchange/Study Abroad Coordinator at your institution.
NB: Masters students are also normally expected to take a minimum of 30 ECTS per term, or 60 ECTS for the full year.