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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
1. How is the license organized?
The bachelor's degree course is organized in 6 consecutive semesters (from S1 to S6), i.e. 3 years since each year is divided into 2 semesters. It leads to the delivery of the national bachelor's degree, which confers 180 European credits (ECTS) and gives access to the first year of the master's programme. Two examination sessions are scheduled per semester: the initial session and the catch-up session.
2. How is a semester organized?
An academic year consists of 2 semesters. Each semester corresponds to 30 ECTS credits.
A semester is made up of Teaching Units (TU) which can be compulsory, optional or elective. The UEs are assigned ECTS and coefficients. If you have obtained an average equal to or greater than 10 out of 20 on a UE, it is definitively acquired and can be capitalised without the possibility of renunciation; you have acquired the UE and the corresponding ECTS, and cannot retake the corresponding tests.
An EU can be subdivided into Constituent Elements (CEs) corresponding to separate courses of study and also carrying ECTS credits. As soon as you have obtained an average equal to or higher than 10 out of 20 in a CE, it is definitively acquired and can be capitalised. The mark of a CE composed of CEs corresponds to the average of the marks obtained in the CEs, weighted by their coefficient (correlated to the ECTS of the CE). The acquisition of a CE (minimum average of 10 out of 20) results in the acquisition by compensation of a CE for which you would not have had the minimum score of 10 out of 20. You cannot retake the tests of the so-called "compensated" CE.
3. Where can I find precise information on the organisation of a semester?
All the information concerning the evaluation is indicated in the "Knowledge Control Methods" (KCM). These are tables which summarise, by licence and by semester, the tests that you will have to take, their nature (written, oral, dossier...), their duration, their coefficient, and the division between continuous and terminal tests. At the beginning of the year, your Year Manager will tell you where to consult the MCC.
4. How to validate a semester?
The half-year average corresponds to the overall average of the scores obtained in the EU, weighted by their coefficients (correlated to ECTS credits). There is no eliminatory mark.
If you obtain an average equal to or greater than 10 out of 20 during the semester, you have definitively acquired and capitalized this semester, which results in the acquisition of the corresponding 30 ECTS. The acquisition of a semester (average equal to or greater than 10 out of 20) results in the acquisition by compensation of an EU for which you would not have had the minimum average of 10 out of 20, and you cannot retake the tests of the compensated EU.
If you did not acquire the semester in the initial session, you must take the tests of the remedial session.
The initial session of the1st semester of the year (S1, S3, S5) is organized in December or January depending on the department. The catch-up session of the 1st semester can be brought closer (February or March) or at the end of the year (June) depending on the licences. The minimum delay between the publication of the results of the initial session and the beginning of the tests of the remedial session is 15 days.
The initial session of the2nd half of the year (S2, S4, S6) takes place in May and the catch-up session at the end of the year (June) for all licences.
At the beginning of the year, the person in charge of academics will send you the pedagogical calendar for the academic year with the exam periods.
5. In the same year, can one continue in the 2nd semester (S2, S4, S6) if one has not validated the 1st semester (S1, S3, S5)?
The continuation of studies in the even semester (S2, S4, S6) is by right for students who have followed the odd semester (S1, S3, S5) regardless of the results obtained in the odd semester.
6. How do we progress in the upper year?
To progress in the next year, you have two possibilities:
- By acquisition of the 2 semesters of the year:
You have acquired each of the 2 semesters of the year, in initial or remedial sessions.
- By compensation between the 2 semesters of the year:
You have obtained a mark equal to or greater than 10 out of 20 on the average of the two semesters of the year (between semesters 1 and 2, between semesters 3 and 4, between semesters 5 and 6). The compensation applies from the initial session of the even semester and can take place between the results of the two semesters, regardless of the exam session. At the end of the catch-up session of the even semester, the calculation of the annual compensation is carried out by taking into account the best of the averages between the initial session and the catch-up session of each of the two semesters.
If a "postponed" semester becomes "compensated" after the compensation calculation, you will receive a new semester transcript with the result "compensated".
7. What is the difference between a "compensated" result for the semester and an "admitted" result?
When a semester is "compensated", you can progress to the next year but you have not acquired the 30 ECTS of the semester. They will be attributed to you at the end of the 3 years of the licence if you have validated or compensated the 6 semesters.
8. Can compensation be waived?
As soon as the semesters are compensated, it is not possible to give up this compensation to try to improve one's results in remedial sessions.
9. What is the consequence of an absence from an examination?
If you are absent from an exam, you will not be able to validate the CE, nor the EU to which the CE belongs, and therefore neither the semester. You will have a "failing" result for the semester at the session concerned by your absence, even if the average otherwise calculated is greater than or equal to 10. The "failing" result does not allow validation or compensation of the semester at the corresponding session.
If you have a particular reason for absence, duly justified, you must report it as soon as possible to the Pedagogical School or to the persons in charge of the teaching and the year, who may, if provided for by the regulations of the studies, apply specific provisions.
If you are a scholarship holder on social criteria, you are required to attend classes, tutorials, practical work, internships and exams. If you do not meet all these obligations, the CROUS will ask you to repay the sums you have received.
10. What tests must be retaken in the remedial session in the event of a "postponed" or "failing" result in the semester at the initial session?
If you are "adjourned" or "failing" in the semester in the initial session, you must imperatively represent in the catch-up session all the non-acquired CEs in the non-acquired EUs.
Consult a example.
11. How is the semester average calculated at the remedial session?
The marks obtained in the remedial session replace the marks of the initial session. The semester average is calculated with the marks obtained in the initial session tests that you did not have to retake in the remedial session and with the marks obtained in the remedial session.
Since the marks of the remedial session are necessarily substituted for the corresponding marks of the initial session, the semester average obtained in the remedial session may well be lower than the semester average in the initial session. In this case, it is the semester average obtained in the initial session that is taken into account for the calculation of the annual compensation for further studies.
Consult a example.
12. How is the licence validated?
You have acquired the license as soon as you have individually validated the 6 semesters or as soon as they have been compensated. From then on, the 180 license credits are automatically allocated to you. The continuation in the 1st year of the master is by right for holders of a license in the same domain of academics.
13. Can we get a mention in the bachelor's degree?
Some licences are awarded with a grade based on the overall average of the3rd year (average of semesters 5 and 6). Please ask the year or licence manager for more information.
14. What is the role of the jury?
The jury, composed of the teachers and teacher-researchers involved in the licence, meets at the end of each semester and at the end of the year to decide on the progression in the year above or on the delivery of the diploma at the end of the3rd year of the licence.
The jury is sovereign in its decision. It validates the marks and may, in very exceptional cases, add jury points for the validation of a semester or to allow for annual compensation, the award of a diploma or the award of a mention.
15. Can a test, a UE or an acquired semester be represented at the remedial session or the following year?
When a semester, an EU, a CE are acquired, it is definitive. You cannot retake them in a remedial session or the following year. They are capitalized.
16. Is it possible to progress in a higher year if one has validated a semester but there is no compensation between the two semesters of the year?
In the event of special circumstances limited in time and for a number of missing credits less than or equal to 6 ECTS in the uncompensated semester of the past year, the Vice-President academics may exceptionally authorise you, on the proposal of the jury, to progress to the next year. In this case, the corresponding tests will have to be retaken the following year and the missing credits obtained or compensated for in order to allow the continuation of the course or the delivery of the diploma.
17. In case of repetition, which subject should be represented?
If you repeat a semester, you have to represent in the following year all non-acquired or compensated CEs in the non-acquired and non-compensated CEs.
Consult a example.
18. In case of repetition, can one follow the courses and exams of the following year?
You must make a request to the pedagogical team who can offer you to follow in advance elements of the upper year of one or both semesters of the upper year without administrative registration in the same year within very precise limits indicated in § C5 of the general provisions.
19. Is it possible to consult one's exam papers?
You have the opportunity to view your examination papers after the Board of Examiners has deliberated and reported the results. The Year Head or the teachers will inform you of the consultation dates.
You also have the right to a personal interview with the teaching team. This appointment is to be requested from the Year Manager.
20. What document must be presented at the exams?
During the exams, you must be in possession of your student card for the current year. It will be checked by the proctor when the list of attendees is issued.
21. Is it allowed to have documents (course, calculator, etc.) during the tests?
No documents or materials are permitted, except those provided with the subject or indicated on the subject or specifically mentioned in the examination notice.
22. What if we're from a different stream or college?
It is possible to welcome students from other courses of study or institutions. The jury validates credits corresponding to one CE, one EU or one semester; it can assign them a mark, necessarily higher or equal to 10 out of 20.
23. What about the DEUG?
The intermediate diploma of the DEUG is acquired as soon as the 4 corresponding semesters have been validated or compensated.
The attribution of a mention follows the same rules as for the licence. It is calculated according to the general average of the2nd year(average of semesters 3 and 4).
24. How do I get my bachelor's degree (parchment)?