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Courses in the Department of Philology are offered on a semester basis. There are two semesters per academic year and each semester consists of at least fifteen weeks: thirteen teaching weeks and two or more weeks for examinations. The exact dates of the Semesters are determined by the University Senate and are announced annually, but usually, the Fall Semester begins in late September and ends before Christmas, and the Spring Semester begins in mid February and ends in late May. There are three examination periods: in January, after the end of Fall Semester; in June, after the end of Spring Semester; and in September, before the beginning of Fall Semester, during which the students have the right to be examined in the courses of both the Fall and Spring Semesters. The student is expected to graduate within four academic years or eight semesters, which may be extended to two more years. After that the student looses all the rights and privileges, such as health and hospital insurance and coverage, grants, scholarships, loans, free meals, room accommodation, books, transportation assistance, etc.

The undergraduate program is based on the Department's new, revised Curriculum that started in the academic year 1988-89. It is designed in a way that guarantees general philological training, while at the same time it offers the possibility of elementary specialisation in one of the four Divisions of the Department. All courses are taught three hours per week and correspond to three credits. The students may enrol in four to eight courses per semester. The content of each course is described by the Instructor in the first day of class at the latest, and the method of assessing the students' performance and the basic bibliography of the course are announced during the first two weeks of the semester. The grading system in the university of Crete is based on a number from 1 to 10. The passing grade is 5.

 8.50 to 10 is considered "Excellent"
6.50 to 8.49 is considered "Very Good"
5.00 to 6.49 is considered "Good"

Student's performance in each course can be assessed as follows:

-by written and/or oral examination at the end of the semester
-by evaluation of the quality of the term-paper and of class participation in the case of a seminar
-through a combination of the performance on the examinations and on written assignments during and at the end of the semester

The courses may be distinguished as Required and Elective and may take the form of: Exercises, Lectures, Seminars, and Foreign Language Instruction. Exercises are open to all students and their aim is to provide students with the basics of an area of study. Lectures are open to all students and introduce them to a particular area of study and its problems Seminars are open to advanced students and the number is limited to a maximum of 25 students. Students are introduced to the methodologies of research and are required to research a specific topic, make a class presentation and submit a term-paper at the end of the Semester. Foreign Language Instruction is offered in the English, German, French and Italian Language and the students, after a placement test, are required to complete successfully four courses.

The Degree of Philology requires the successful completion of 52 courses (156 credit hours):

28  basic courses of Philology;
5  required courses of general interest offered by the other Departments of the School of Philosophy;
6  courses of specialisation from one of the four Divisions of the Department;
4  seminars of which at least three from the Division of specialisation;
5  elective courses of which at least two from the Department's Program, and the other three from any of the School of Philosophy's Programs;
4  required courses of a Foreign Language.