Actively Taking Examinations.

What Does it Mean to Actively Take Examinations?

Bachelor's, Master's or Diploma degree programs are considered to be "prüfungsaktive" programs (including examinations) if at least 16 ECTS credits or passing grades amounting to at least eight semester hours have been completed during the same academic year in that major. Each major is taken individually into account. You cannnot "add together" grades and examinations from different majors.

You can find the corresponding regulations in §4 of the Higher Education Area-Structural Fund Regulations.

What Do the Colored Dots in KUSSS Mean?

The system at the JKU determines a student's examination activity at the JKU once a day.

If you have earned at least 16 ECTS credits or eight semester hours of passing grades during one academic year, you will see a green dot next to the name of your major.

If have received passing grades for some classes and examinations during the academic year at the JKU but did not attain the minimum requirements for the year, you will see a yellow dot next to the name of your major.

If you did not pass courses and examinations at the JKU during the current academic year and failed to earn passing grades, you will see a red dot next to the name of your major.


Please Note: Students enrolled as non-degree seeking students or admitted to a Doctorate/PhD program are not subject to the same grading system when it comes to taking examinations and earning grades. KUSSS does not indicate any examination activities for these students.

When determining a student's level of examination activity, the JKU only includes grades earned at the JKU. Any grades you have earned in the same major at a different university in Austria (such as a Bachelor's degree program in Education or Bachelor's Degree Program in Human Medicine, for example) are not included in the JKU's indication system.

Examination credit transfer/recognition is not included when calculating how actively students have taken examinations during studies.

If you have any questions about examination activities, please contact Studies Information & Academic Advising Services.

Why is Examination Activity Important?

The Higher Education Area Structural Funds are an integral part of the way the university is funded. 60% of these funds are based on majors in which students are required to actively pass examinations. The more of these kinds of degree programs the JKU has, the more funds the university receives for education and research as well as to improvie academic student supervision and administration. A high level of examination activity is therefore in the interest of all students.

What Can I Do?

There are many reasons for someone to be (temporarily) inactive when it comes to taking examinations (job responsibilities, family reasons, a stay abroad, etc.).

If you find you cannot actively pursue an academic degree at a certain time period, you can apply to take an official two-semester leave of absence. Click on to learn more about taking a leave of absence.

If you are enrolled in one or more majors that you do not intend to complete, we would ask you to drop that major. You can drop a major by sending an information e-mail to the Admissions Office.

Please note: In regards to discontinuing majors (such as the Diploma degree program in "Wirtschaftswissenschaften" for example), you can no longer be re-admitted to studies. In this case, we recommend applying for a leave of absence.