Study and Examination Rules
Study and Examination Rules of University of Economics in Prague for Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs
These Study and Examination Rules (“Study Rules”) have been adopted under Act 111/1998 Coll., on Higher Education Institutions and on Modification and Amendment of Other Acts (Higher Education Act), as amended (“Act”), as the internal regulations of University of Economics in Prague (Vysoká škola ekonomická – “VŠE”), and apply to all students enrolled in Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs implemented at VŠE and its faculties in accordance with the principles of the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, unless otherwise stipulated in another VŠE’s internal regulation.
Powers of the President and Deans
(1) The President’s decisions made under the Study Rules apply to all students duly enrolled in the study programs implemented by the competent Faculty at VŠE.
(2) If a study program is implemented by VŠE, the Dean’s powers stipulated herein are performed by the President.
For the purpose of the Study Rules, the terms below have the following meaning:
a) The term “compliance credits” means credits gained upon the successful completion of all obligations, and credits gained upon the recognition of obligations successfully completed by the student while on a study abroad program as part of his/her studies at VŠE. The compliance credits do not include credits gained in the semester when the student’s study was suspended.
b) The term “credit” means a unit of evaluation of all obligations in study, except for sports, which corresponds to the student workload related to his/her participation in lessons and preparation for completion of obligations. The student is awarded credits upon the successful completion or recognition of completed obligations.
c) The term “credit vouchers” means units allowing the student to enroll for obligations or have them recognized.
d) The term “qualification thesis” means a Bachelor’s thesis for a Bachelor’s degree program, and a Master’s thesis for a Master’s degree program.
e) The term “grade point average” means a weighted grade average of all the successfully completed and uncompleted obligations (including obligations completed by the student on a study abroad program as part of his/her studies at VŠE) completed with an examination. The weights are the credit evaluations of each obligation in study. The appointed date for the calculation of the grade point average is the end of semester.
f) The term “subject” means an obligation in study that involves classes. Such classes may last a full semester or take place out of the semester, i.e. partly in the teaching period or outside the teaching period.
g) The term “transfer” means a change in the study program or study course within VŠE or a change in the form of study.
h) The term “enrollment for obligations” means the student’s enrollment for performance of obligations in study in compliance with the rules adopted in the Dean’s ordinance, and the acceptance of such requirements. If the relevant obligation is a subject, the term “enrollment for an obligation” is replaced by “enrollment into a subject”.
i) The term “obligations” means the student’s obligations stipulated for the relevant study program and curriculum. The obligations in study include first of all subjects, the final examination or a part thereof, and sports.
j) The term “curriculum” means list of obligations to be completed by the student under the relevant study program.
k) The term “minor” means a part of the Master’s degree program equaling 30 credits, provided this part of the program is accredited at VŠE and finished with a final examination. The number of credits above is exclusive of the final examination in the minor and the Master’s thesis.
l) The terms “teaching” or “classes” mean lectures, tutorials and seminars, together with professional training and methodological workshops.
m) The term “enrollment card” means a list of subjects the student enrolled into.
n) The term “examination record” means a record of grading of obligations in study.
(1) The academic year starts with September 1 and is divided into winter and summer semesters. The academic year’s schedule is determined by the President in consultation with the Deans.
(2) The academic year’s schedule specifies the teaching and examination periods, the period of enrollment into subjects for the semester, and the vacation period.
(3) The teaching period lasts 13 weeks; the examination period for subjects in the semester lasts 6 weeks.
(1) An admitted applicant becomes a student as of the enrollment date to study. Upon the enrollment to study, the student is required to take an academic matriculation oath.
(2) During the course of study, the student shall immediately notify a competent person at the Study Department about any change in the contact information (especially a change in the first and second names, address, and telephone number). Should the student fail to do so, VŠE or any of its divisions are not liable for any consequences of such omission for the student.
(3) Each member of the academic staff is required to be available to students for consulting. The rules of consulting are adopted by the Dean’s ordinance.
Suspension of Study
(1) The Dean arranges suspension or repeated suspension of study upon the student’s request. A request for suspension must be submitted by the student immediately after becoming aware of any reasons for suspension of study.
(2) The Dean may decide on suspension of study at own discretion, if the student became obliged to pay a tuition fee as per Section 58(3) or (4) of the Act and the student failed to pay such tuition fee.
(3) During the period of suspension the person is not deemed a student. The end date of the suspension period always corresponds with the end of semester.
(4) Unless the person whose study was suspended demands before the end of the suspension period that such suspension be prolonged, s/he is re-enrolled into study as of the re-enrollment date as per Section 54(2) and Section 61(1) of the Act.
(5) The re-enrollment date corresponds with the first day of the semester that follows after the lapse of the end date of study suspension. Thereafter, the student is required to meet the obligations under the curriculum in effect at that time for the student’s study program.
(6) The maximum number of semesters of study suspended at the student’s request equals the number of semesters of the standard period of study for the relevant study program. The maximum number of semesters of suspended study equals a triple of the number of semesters of the standard period of study for the relevant study program.
(1) The Dean of the Faculty into which the student is enrolled decides about a transfer on the basis of an approval by the Dean of the Faculty into whose study program or study course the student intends to enroll.
(2) As of the transfer date, the student forfeits the right to study in the original study program or study course, and acquires the right to study in the new study program or study course. The transfer date must always correspond with the start date of semester.
Organization of Study
(1) The completion of obligations in study is evaluated using a credit system compatible with the principles of ECTS.
(2) The total number of credits required for completion of study in the study program corresponds with a thirty-fold of the number of semesters of the standard period of study thereunder.
(3) For the student to be able to enroll for obligations in study or to have them recognized, s/he must have available a sufficient number of credit vouchers. These are then used only as follows:
a) for the enrollment for an obligation the student uses the same number of credit vouchers as is the obligation’s credit assessment; for a final examination or a part thereof credit vouchers are used only for the first attempt at passing the final examination;
b) for the recognition of an obligation for which the student enrolled in a study abroad program as part of his/her studies at VŠE the student uses the same number of credit vouchers as is the obligation’s credit assessment;
c) for the recognition of another obligation the student uses a fifth of credit vouchers more than is the obligation’s credit assessment.
(4) Upon the enrollment for study the student shall be granted a fifth of credit vouchers more than is the total number of credits needed for completion of study in the relevant study program.
(5) The Dean may grant more credit vouchers.
(1) After the end of each semester the student is required to have gained at least as many compliance credits as is the number completed and unsuspended semesters times 20 for a full-time study, or times 15 for a distance or combined study.
(2) The requirement stipulated in Subsection 1 above is deemed fulfilled if the student gained all the credits available for the required curriculum, except for credits awarded for individual parts of the final examination.
(3) Should the student fail to meet the requirement under Subsection 1 above, the number of his/her credit vouchers shall be reduced by an amount equaling the number of missing compliance credits.
(1) The maximum of 6 obligations can be required to be fulfilled for the curriculum in a single semester; this number does not include languages or sports.
(2) The time schedule of obligations in study serves as a recommendation for the curriculum for the full-time study, but is binding for the distance and combined forms of study, provided that the only exception may be repeated attempts at fulfilling the obligations or study beyond the scope of the curriculum.
(3) For Master’s degree programs the Dean determines appropriate minors from those offered by VŠE’s Faculties.
Obligations in Study
Accreditation of Obligations
(1) Each obligation, except for sports, must be accredited at VŠE or VŠE’s Faculty.
(2) The accreditation file for obligations in study is available for public access. It contains comprehensive descriptions of each obligation, including the following required details:
b) name of the obligation in the language in which it is accredited, and in Czech and English languages;
c) name of the guarantor who is responsible for the content;
d) credit assessment;
e) manner of implementation for subjects;
f) language in which the obligation is implemented;
g) content or themes;
h) teaching methods for subjects;
i) specific conditions and grading;
j) bibliography of fundamental and recommended literature.
(3) Any changes in the accreditation must be made public before the enrollment period for the obligation. Any changes concerning the final examination must be made public at least 6 months before the effective date.
Subjects and Enrollment
(1) Subjects are implemented within one semester.
(2) A one-semester subject is enrolled into within the deadlines specified in the academic year’s time schedule. VŠE or VŠE’s Faculty issue an enrollment card as a form of enrollment confirmation.
(3) The student is required to check whether the information given in the enrollment card is accurate, provided such check must be performed within the deadline and in the manner prescribed in the Dean’s ordinance.
(4) Students in Bachelor’s degree programs may enroll into subjects of Master’s degree programs beyond their curriculum, if they need to gain no more than 30 credits in order to gain the total credits needed to complete their study program.
Grading of Obligations in Study
(1) Obligations in study are completed by gaining a credit or passing an examination. The gaining of a credit is possible only for sports and language subjects of a single block, whereas the last subject of the block must be completed with passing an examination.
(2) An examination may be assessed on the following grading scale:
a) Excellent (1); if the examination is being scored, this grade stands for at least 90% of the total score;
a) Very good (2); if the examination is being scored, this grade stands for at least 75% but less than 90% of the total score;
a) Good (3); if the examination is being scored, this grade stands for at least 60% but less than 75% of the total score;
d) Failed with the option of repeated examination (4+); if the examination is being scored, this grade stands for at least 50% but less than 60% of the total score, or this grade is awarded at the teacher’s discretion or if the student refuses a better grade, this grade cannot be awarded for two consecutive attempts at passing the examination;
e) Failed (4); if the examination is being scored, this grade is awarded to a student who failed to achieve the minimum 60% of the total score and who was not awarded the grade of 4+.
The student who has been awarded grade 4+ may attempt to pass the examination at the next date or may repeat the examination in accordance with the accreditation file for the obligation. Grade 4+ cannot be awarded at the last appointed time for an examination in the relevant semester. If the student does not repeat the examination by the end of the relevant semester, the temporary grade of 4+ is changed to 4.
(3) The awarding of a credit may be as follows:
a) passed (1); if the examination is being scored, this grade stands for at least 60 % of the total score;
a) did not pass; if the examination is being scored, this grade stands for less than 60 % of the total score.
(4) The grading is recorded immediately by the teacher or examiner in the examination record and the study information system. The student is disclosed the grade within 5 working days; or on the day an oral examination was taken.
(5) The student has the right to have grades recorded in the enrollment card or in the student’s record book. The Dean’s ordinance may order to have a result recorded.
(6) After the end of each semester, in the study information system the student is given the result of relative evaluation of an obligation in accordance with the ECTS principles and with the rules prescribed by the Dean’s ordinance.
Impediments to Fulfillment of Obligations
(1) If the student is unable to meet his/her obligations in study for material causes, s/he ask the teacher or examiner for an excuse no later than 3 working dates after the fulfillment deadline or as soon as the student’s impediment to fulfillment of obligations was removed. The teacher or examiner decides immediately whether such excuse should be accepted. If it is not possible to contact the teacher or examiner, the student should leave a request for excuse at the secretariat of the relevant establishment.
(2) If the teacher or examiner rejects to accept the reason for such excuse, the student may ask for an excuse the head of the relevant establishment.
(3) If the student’s impediment to fulfillment of obligations last for over 15 calendar days, the student shall immediately notify about such circumstances a competent person at the Study Department.
(4) The student is returned the credit vouchers for uncompleted obligations from which the student was excused.
Recognition of Obligations in Study
(1) The obligations which were successfully completed by the student at VŠE or another university may be recognized by the Dean at the student’s request.
(2) The student should apply for the recognition of all obligations completed on a study abroad program as part of his/her studies at VŠE. All successfully completed obligations would be recognized. The student’s credit vouchers shall be reduced correspondingly for all uncompleted obligations. Should the student fail to apply for such recognition during the semester which follows after the last semester on a study abroad program, the student loses the credit vouchers equaling the thirty-fold of the number of semesters spent on the study abroad program.
(3) The student in a Master’s degree program who completed his/her Bachelor’s degree program at VŠE or VŠE’s Faculty may apply for recognition of only such obligations which s/he completed under Article 12(4) hereof.
(1) The final examination is a comprehensive testing of knowledge in the extent of the enrolled study program and study course.
(2) Each part of the final examination is graded separately. Grade 4+ cannot be awarded.
(3) Each part of the final examination is taken in front of the final examination board; the course and results of the final examination are public.
(4) The final examination board and the chairperson are appointed by the Dean, and the minimum number of board members is two. The chairperson is responsible for the work of the final examination board and duly progress of the final examination.
(5) The final examination board awards a grade on the basis of non-public closed voting of the board members. If the number of votes is equal, the chairperson has the deciding vote.
(6) If the student failed to complete any part of the final state examination, s/he is required to repeat only that part of the final examination.
(7) Each part of the final examination may be repeated only twice. Except for defense of a Higher Education Thesis, it is possible to make a repeated attempt no sooner than one month after the failed attempt.
(8) In the event that the defense of a Higher Education Thesis failed, the final examination board decides whether it is possible to resubmit an amended version of the thesis or whether the student must submit a new thesis on a new theme. It is possible to make a repeated attempt of defense no sooner than 3 months after the failed attempt.
Parts of Final Examination
(1) The obligatory parts of the final examination include a final examination from the study course and the defense of a Higher Education Thesis. For a Master’s degree program there is another obligatory part of the final examination, and that is a final examination from the minor.
(2) A precondition for attempting to pass the final examination from the study course is the gaining of all credits required for the curriculum, except for the credits for individual parts of the final examination.
(3) A precondition for attempting to defend a Higher Education Thesis is the existence and duly submission of such thesis.
(4) A precondition for attempting to pass the final examination from the minor is the gaining of all credits required for the minor’s curriculum.
Higher Education Thesis
(1) The student’s thesis serves to prove that the student is able to make a systematic and independent elaboration on a theme related to the content of the study course, and to make use of knowledge and skills acquired during his/her studies.
(2) The student at the Master’s degree program may choose to write a Master’s thesis also for his/her minor, provided that such choice is approved by the Dean of the Faculty into which the student is enrolled.
(3) The Dean’s ordinance prescribes:
a) the establishment where theses may be written;
b) deadlines for the heads of competent establishments to announce the themes of theses and their assignment to students;
c) the manner and requirements for appointing the supervisor and examiner for theses;
d) editing and content requirements for theses;
e) for students, from the procedure and manner of choosing the theme of his/her thesis and having the theme registered to the submission and defense of the thesis, including the time schedule.
(4) The thesis supervisor is usually a member of the academic staff at VŠE. The examiner must be an expert with university-level education.
(5) The thesis is submitted in a printed version and in an electronic format as required by an internal regulation at VŠE.
(6) The thesis examiner, or the thesis supervisor if the Dean decides so, present a written assessment of the thesis, including a suggested grade for the thesis.
(7) The defense of the thesis takes place at the establishment where the thesis was written. The head of the establishment shall disclose the assessments of the thesis no later than 3 working days before the defense date. The defense takes place even if all the assessments are negative.
Completion of Study
Proper Completion of Study
(1) For the study to be properly completed the student must fulfill all the obligations for the relevant curriculum.
(2) A first-class honor degree may be received by a graduate who has fulfilled all his/her obligations for the relevant curriculum and
a) whose results for the whole course of study were up to 1,5 (inclusive);
b) whose final examination results for all the parts were assessed as “excellent”;
c) who has completed the study within the standard period for the relevant study program; the time spent on a study abroad program as part of the student’s studies at VŠE is not included into such period.
Other Ways of Study Completion
(1) The Dean decides about the completion of study as per Section 56(1)(b) of the Act of a student who
a) after the end of semester does not have a sufficient number of credit vouchers needed for a proper completion of study, and the Dean decides not to allocate more credit vouchers to the student;
b) has failed to pass any part of the final examination at the second repeated attempt.
c) hasn‘t met all of the obligations for the relevant curriculum within a period of one year from the end of the semester in which he/she fulfills the precondition for attempting to pass the final examination from the study course; the Dean may decide on prolongation of such a period.
(2) The date of study completion under Subsection 1 above is the date when the decision on study completion became legally effective.
Service of Decisions
(1) All decisions concerning the student’s rights and obligations are served in compliance with Section 68 of the Act.
(2) An alternate service as per Section 68(3) means that a decision is put up on the official notice board for a period of two weeks. The delivery date is the last day of such period.
(3) All decisions concerning students enrolled into a study program implemented at VŠE would be put up at the VŠE’s official notice board.
(4) All decisions concerning students enrolled into a study program implemented at a Faculty would be put up at the Faculty’s official notice board.
Legal Force and Effect
(1) The Study and Examination Rules of VŠE for Bachelor’s degree programs, follow-up Master’s degree and Master’s degree programs, registered by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports on June 21, 2006, under ref. no. 15 004/2006-30 (“former study rules”) are hereby declared null and void.
(2) These Rules were approved by the VŠE Academic Senate on June 28, 2007.
(3) These Rules become effective on the date of their registration by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.
(4) These Rules apply to students enrolled in study programs implemented in accordance with the principles of the European Credit Transfer Accumulation System beginning from the academic year 2007/2008.
Completion of Study in Accordance with the Former Study and Examination Rules
(1) If the student fails to fulfill the requirements stipulated in Article 9(1), s/he may ask the Dean for an excuse within two months after the effective date of these Study Rules. Such excuse is deemed a decision on the approval of conditional enrollment made in accordance with the former study rules under which the requirements under Article 9(1) must be fulfilled.
(2) The student shall meet all requirements arising from the decision on approval of conditional enrollment made under the former study rules. A failure to do so gives grounds for the termination of study as per Section 56(1)(b) of the Act.
prof. Ing. Richard Hindls, CSc., in his own hand