Cum laude exceptions and FAQ
Cum laude means ‘with distinction’. This predicate is meant for the fastest students with the highest grades. The requirements for cum laude are described in article 30 of the RGBE. The criteria set in the first year of your study programme apply to you. Over time, the rules change. Article 30A contains an overview of the main rules per academic year.
BSc students who meet the criteria will be nominated for cum laude automatically.
MSc students who meet the criteria and who have a cum laude member in their thesis assessment committee will be nominated for cum laude automatically.
The students does not have to do anything.
In exceptional circumstances, the Board of Examiners (BoE) can decide to make an exception. They can award the predicate of cum laude to a student who does not meet all the requirements. Read the other tabs for more information.
FAQ’s cum laude:
This is recorded in the RGBE of your first year. In any case: only completed courses count and courses listed as ‘other’ or ‘additional’ do not count.
Final grades are used. If you have obtained a pass grade twice for one course, the highest grade will be used.
The weighted average is calculated on the basis of the courses in the degree programme which count towards cum laude.
For a basic average grade, all grades have a similar weight. However, our courses have different weights, i.e. the amount of ECTS.
Method: each grade is multiplied by its ECTS and then summed up and divided by the total amount of ECTS: Weighted Average = ( Grade1 * Weight1 + Grade2 * Weight2 + ... + ...) / (Weight1 + Weight2 + ... + ...).
An 8.0 is attained when the weighted average is 7.95 or higher.
* For example: for students who started their Bachelor programme in 2019-2020 or later, the grades obtained in the Minor, will not count towards the weighted average. This means that for cum laude, all Bachelor students will be judged on the basis of the same courses.
You can find the old RGBEs in the archive page. Tip: search the document for the word ‘average’.
When a student does not meet the criteria due to:
the duration of the study programme, or
a weighted average that is not quite high enough,
sometimes an exception can be made.
When this circumstance is due to life choices, e.g., (volunteer) work, activities for student organisations, athletic achievements, etc. the Board of Examiners (BoE) will not make an exception.
Duration exceeds criteria:
If your studies have taken longer than the maximum amount of months specified in the RGBE, you have had more time/opportunity to get good results compared to the students who finished in time.
In the past, cum laude was only awarded to students who graduated within the set timeframe. Since every student may encounter some setbacks during their studies, the BoE 3mE decided that each student should have a buffer: They should get some months extra.
For the Technical Medicine Master, the BoE KT/TM decided this was not necessary because of the structure of the degree programme.
Profiling fund: Some students apply to this fund for financial assistance in case of study delays caused by force majeure/ unforeseen circumstances or participation in a board or committee.
If the fund is granted, the BoE will accept this as proof and will deduct the acknowledged amount of delay in months. This is automatic if a MSc student mentions the profiling fund on Form 5; a separate application to the BoE is not required.
Some students are not eligible for the profiling fund, even though they have experienced force majeure. They can still apply to the BoE. Please refer to the procedure ‘extra individual exam opportunity’ to learn how you can demonstrate the circumstances of force majeure. The application should also explain why you exceeded the maximum duration in spite of the buffer that is already in place.
If your weighted average is between 7.75 and 7.95, and you have shown outstanding qualities within the scope of your degree programme, you can apply for an exception. Demonstrate your academic contributions and achievements to convince the BoE that you are an excellent student and that you have invested time and energy in your studies. Your application includes academic extracurricular activities within your degree programme.
First, check your RGBE to make sure an exception is even necessary.
In the case of a Master’s student, the thesis supervisor must submit a substantiated request to the Board of Examiners (BoE).
Bachelor's students can submit a request to the BoE themselves, ... before the next meeting of the BoE. The BoE may make subsequent inquiries within the organisation.
1. is sent well in advance (and prior to
for MSc: the defence date;
for BSc: the next exam result session).
2. an up-to-date overview of study results;
3. name student, student number, study programme, start date and expected end date study programme;
4. a description of the relevant exceptional circumstances / the outstanding qualities;
5. any documents that demonstrate 4.
NB: Keep in mind that you are asking for an exception: exceptions are rarely made.