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How are classes organized in Europe?

Considering studying abroad in England, Scotland, Ireland, and Lithuania--how are classes run? Do classes have a list of assessments that grades are based off of, like in the US (quizzes, homework, exams)? #college #study-abroad

Thank you comment icon Personally, I study at a Dutch university, and am also Dutch, I have found that it differs per university. My own program offers classes that have different types of assesment that will lead to one final grade in the course. This however, is for Dutch standards not really normal (I study at a university college,liberal arts and sciences, a program based on the US universities). Regular Dutch courses often have one big final exam that determines your grade. Some do also come with an assignment in the middle, but usually those are short and not many in number. Simone

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Aaron’s Answer

Hi Jackie

In UK Universities, a course will often consist of 2 elements:

1.) Lectures - a speaker will discuss a topic in-front of a large audience, with a low level of interaction
2.) Tutorials - this will take place with the speaker in a class room with a much smaller group (maybe less than 8 students), where you have the opportunity to discuss the topics covered in the lecture and go through any specific questions you have

At the end of a term (semester, I believe is the US terminology) you will have an examination that will cover the different topics covered in the lectures and tutorials.

For some topics, you may be given assignments to complete as well, which will contribute to your final grade.

I hope this is useful information!
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Jaron’s Answer

While education varies from country to country, university courses tend to have few assignments in European countries than in the US. Your​ only graded assignments for many classes may be the mid-term and final exam. There is often a greater expectation that students will identify major topics on their own.

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