Abbreviations: RM = Research Master, RM1 = First year Research Master = with less than 2 semesters of RM education; RM2 = Second year Research Master = with 2 or more semesters of RM education

Guidelines for ECTS assignment to RM and PhD students for participation in the LOT summer school

Only students who have accomplished at least 2 semesters of Research Master education can register for the summer school. LOT organizes special courses for RM1 students during the winter schools.

LOT and the institutes participating in LOT have agreed that RM / PhD students can earn 5 ECTS for participation in the LOT school. In order to receive these 5 ECTS, the student must meet the following requirements:

(i) The student should attend four LOT school courses over a period of two weeks. The student should be present at all (normally five) sessions; course assistants keep track of daily presence in class. For each class, the student should complete the obligatory readings mentioned in the course description. The student is also encouraged to attend the Schultink lecture. Students receive a LOT certificate of 0.75 ECTS for each class they attend; for four classes this amounts to 3 ECTS.

(ii) The student is required to write a paper. Whether or not a student has the option or obligation to write a paper differs per university, so check with your local coordinator before the school. For those universities who require their students to write a paper, it should be noted that students can only choose a LOT affiliated teacher as their supervisor (not one of the international or other non-LOT teachers).

The student needs to contact the supervising teacher during the LOT school, who has to agree on the content and set-up of the paper. The paper has to have a minimum length of 10 pages. The deadline for submitting a paper is set at 4 weeks after the end of the LOT school. Papers must be sent directly to the supervising lecturer. The lecturer then has 2 weeks to assess the work, and informs the LOT office of the outcome (pass/fail). If the paper fails, there is no possibility for the student to revise and resubmit. If the paper passes, the LOT office sends a certificate for 2 EC to the student for writing the paper. It is the student’s responsibility to have the credits signed off by their home university.