Norway

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Recommendation:

Letter grading scale: expect a B average.

1 – 6 grading scale:  expect an average of  1 – 2.50  (1 is highest grade)

Grading Systems:

New grading system A - E scale:

A
Excellent
B
Very Good
C
Good
D
Satisfactory
E
Sufficient

ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) grading scale: “The distribution of awarded grades from a large number of exams within a period of 3-5 years” is expected to match this distribution:

A
Top 10%
B
Next 25%
C
Next 30%
D
Next 25%
E
Next 10%

Students who graduate after 2002 can receive a  Diploma supplement which will show their grades on the ECTS system.

ECTS credits – US schools cut these back by half.

Old grading system 1 – 6 scale:
1 - 1.50        laudabilis prae ceteris, excellent
1.51 – 2.5     laudabilis, very good
2.51 – 3.25  haud illaudabilis, satisfactory
3.26 – 4.00    non contemnenuds, passable
4.10 – 6.00    contemnendus, fail
Grades in the 1.00 – 1.50 range are rarely given.

DEGREES:

The new degree system is 3+2+3: 3 years for a bachelor’s, 2 (usually) more years for a master’s, 3 more years for a doctorate.

  • Ingenior (engineer) – 2 or 3 years (but see Sivilingenior below)
  • Bachelor’s   3 years, 180 ECTS credits, 60 credits per year
  • Master’s   1 - 2 years, 60 – 120 ECTS credits, 60 credits per year

Comparable to US bachelor’s degree:

  • Cand Mag (Candidatus magesterri) 3 ½ - 4 years, last awarded in 2007
  • Hogskolekandidat  if 4 years, last awarded 2007
  • Sivilarkitekt (architect)
  • Sivilokonom (business economist)
  • Allmennlaerer (primary school teacher certificate)

Comparable to US master’s degree:

  • Master
  • Magister Artium
  • Cand Agric
  • Sivilingenior (Siv Ing) (civilian engineer) – 4 ½ - 5 years . Students with the 3 year Ingenior degree may continue 2 more years for the Siv Ing. The Siv Ing is the professional degree in engineering
  • A 3 year bachelor’s in engineering can lead to 2 more years for a master’s degree.

Other Professional degrees:

  • Candidatus odontologiae – comparable to DDS in the US.
  • Candidatus a medicinae vetrinariae – comparable to DVM in the US
  • Candidatus a medicinae – comparable to MD in the US.