Course assessment and credits (ECTS) for Summer School

The Barcelona GSE Summer School now offers participants the possibility of being assessed for the purpose of requesting official credit transfers (ECTS).

General conditions for course assessment and credits in all Summer School programs

It will be up to the participant's home institution to decide how many credits will be awarded, but the Barcelona GSE Summer School office will:

  1. Provide any necessary information to help the university of origin evaluate the courses by giving a recommendation of the equivalence in our institution
  2. Provide the participant with a transcript stating the courses attended, the number of hours completed, and the grade obtained in the assessment.

Participants who wish to join the Summer School under this scheme will be asked to make an online request and pay an additional fee, while following the standard application process

The deadline to confirm your seat in the courses and to apply for credits recognition, is June 1, 2020.

Upon conclusion of the Summer School, deliveries will be assessed, and transcripts sent to participants in a timely manner. It will be the responsibility of the students to contact the Registrar/Academic Secretary/Study Abroad Office of their home institutions to check how the hours completed and the grades obtained can be transferred into official credits.

Participants not interested in credit transfer will instead receive a Certificate of Attendance, stating the courses and number of hours completed. These students will be neither evaluated nor graded.

Administrative fees

Participants who wish to join the Summer School under this scheme will be asked to make an online request and pay the administrative fees during the standard admissions process. The fee is 25€ for every 1.5 credits:

ECTS 1.5 3 4.5 6 7.5 9 10.5 12
Fee (€) 25 50 75 100 125 150 175 200

Conditions for course assessment and credits by program

Select a program to view its conditions for course assessment, grading, and credit equivalencies.

Banking Summer School

Requisites:

  • Attending at least the 80% of the lectures
  • For a Transcript equivalent to Barcelona GSE’s:
    • 3 ECTS: taking 2 courses
    • 4.5 ECTS: taking 3 courses
    • 6 ECTS: taking 4 courses

Grading system:

Students will deliver a short summary of a paper one week after the summer school finishes. It will consist in a critical summary of a published paper, around 3.4 pages, 1.5 spaced, font size 11. The critical summary will need to follow these guidelines: expose what are the main ideas of the paper, how they are addressed, strength and weakness of the paper, methodological approach, theoretical or empirical background, and suggestions for improvements.

The project will be graded on an A, B, C, D, F basis.

To fulfill the requirements there will be a summary delivery per course taken, and the final grade will result from the average of all summaries assessed. This is, the final grade will be the same for the total of number of hours. If the student requests a transcript from another summer program, this will be evaluated independently.

CREI Macroeconometrics Summer School

Requisites:

  • Attending at least the 80% of the lectures
  • For a Transcript equivalent to Barcelona GSE’s:
    • 3 ECTS: the student must take 2 courses*
    • 4.5 ECTS: the student must take 3 courses
    • 6 ECTS: the student must take 4 courses
    • 7.5 ECTS: the student must take 5 courses
    • 9 ECTS: the student must take 6 courses

*Students who want to be evaluated for credits in the courses “Numerical Methods for Fiscal and Monetary Analysis” and “Firm Dynamics in Macro-Finance: Tools and Applications” are required to register for the companion courses “Numerical Methods: Computer Lab Practicals” and “Firm Dynamics: Computer Lab Practicals”, respectively. These companion courses are optional for students who do not want to take the courses for credit, however.

Grading system:

Students will deliver a short summary or “report” of a paper one week after the summer school finishes. It will consist in a critical summary of a published paper, around 3-4 pages, 1.5 spaced, font size 11. Students will need to discuss the paper following these guidelines: expose the main question addressed by the paper, describe the methodological approach, identify strengths and weaknesses of the paper, summarize the paper’s key findings and provide suggestions for improvements.

The project will be graded on an A, B, C, D basis.

To fulfill the requirements, students will complete one summary or report per course taken, and the final grade will result from averaging the grades of all completed summaries. That is, the student will receive a unique final grade for all the hours completed for credit in the CREI-Macroeconomics Summer School. The CREI-Macroeconomics Summer School’s transcript, moreover, will be independent of any additional transcripts that the student may request from other programs of the Barcelona GSE’s Summer School.

Data Science Summer School

Requisites:

  • Attending at least the 80% of the lectures and practical lessons
  • For a transcript equivalent to Barcelona GSE’s:
    • 3 ECTS: taking weekend and week 1
    • 6 ECTS: taking weekend, week 1 and week 2
    • 9 ECTS: taking weekend, week 1, week 2 and week 3

Grading system:

Students will deliver a short final project one week after the summer school finishes. It will consist in solving a final problem that will include the practical and empirical issues worked in class.

The project will be graded on an A, B, C, D basis.

To fulfill the requirements there will be a summary delivery per course taken, and the final grade will result from the average of all projects assessed. This is, the final grade will be the same for the total number of hours. If the student requests a transcript from another summer program, this will be evaluated independently.

Digital Economy Summer School

Requisites:

  • Attending at least the 80% of the lectures
  • For a Transcript equivalent to Barcelona GSE’s:
    • 3 ECTS: taking 2 courses

Grading system:

Students will deliver a short research proposal one week after the summer school finishes. It will consist of 3-4 pages, 1.5 spaced, font size 11, with a clear research question, a motivation (introduce the question and its policy relevance), a discussion of the existing literature and on how your paper relates to that, and an explanation on how you would approach the questions (empirical strategy and/or theoretical model).

The project will be graded on an A, B, C, D, F basis.

To fulfill the requirements there will be a research proposal delivery per course taken, and the final grade will result from the average of all research proposals assessed. This is, the final grade will be the same for the total number of hours. If the student requests a transcript from another summer program, this will be evaluated independently.

Finance Summer School

Requisites:

  • Attending at least the 80% of the lectures and practical lessons
  • For a Transcript equivalent to Barcelona GSE’s:
    • 3 ECTS: taking 2 courses
    • 4.5 ECTS: taking 3 courses
    • 6 ECTS: taking 4 courses
    • 7.5 ECTS: taking 5 courses
    • 9 ECTS: taking 6 courses
    • 11.5: taking 7 courses

Grading system:

Corporate Finance

Grading will be based on the presentation of business case studies discussed in class.

Empirical Corporate Finance

An exam that will take place during the afternoon session of the last day. The exam will consist of general questions covering the basic contents of the course.

Pricing Financial Derivatives

An exam that will take place during the afternoon session of the last day. The exam will consist of general questions covering the basic contents of the course.

Investments

An exam that will take place during the afternoon session of the last day. The exam will consist of general questions covering the basic contents of the course.

Advanced Portfolio Management

The grade will be assigned based on a problem set due one week after completion of the course. The problem set includes practical implementations in Matlab of the portfolio models covered in the course.

Rise of the Machines: Electronic Markets and High-frequency Trading

An exam that will take place during the afternoon session of the last day. The exam will consist of general questions covering the basic contents of the course.

Investing in Fixed Income

An exam that will take place during the afternoon session of the last day. The exam will consist of general questions covering the basic contents of the course.

The courses will be graded on an A, B, C, D, F basis.

To fulfill the requirements students need to do the project delivery or exam per course taken, and the final grade will result from the average of all assessments. The average grade will be over the total number of courses taken. This is, the final grade will be the same for the total of number of hours. If the student requests a transcript from another summer program, this will be evaluated independently.

Labor Economics Summer School

Requisites:

  • Attending at least the 80% of the lectures
  • For a Transcript equivalent to Barcelona GSE’s:
    • 3 ECTS: taking 2 courses
    • 4.5 ECTS: taking 3 courses

Grading system:

Students will deliver a short summary of a paper one week after the summer school finishes. It will consist in a critical summary of a published paper, around 3-4 pages, 1.5 spaced, font size 11. The critical summary will need to follow these guidelines: expose what are the main ideas of the paper, how they are addressed, strength and weakness of the paper, methodological approach, theoretical or empirical background, and suggestions for improvements).

The project will be graded on an A, B, C, D, F basis.

To fulfill the requirements there will be a summary delivery per course taken, and the final grade will result from the average of all summaries assessed. This is, the final grade will be the same for the total number of hours. If the student requests a transcript from another summer program, this will be evaluated independently.

Macroeconometrics Summer School

Requisites:

  • Attending at least the 80% of the lectures and practical lessons
  • For a Transcript equivalent to Barcelona GSE’s:
    • 3 ECTS: taking 2 courses
    • 4.5 ECTS: taking 3 courses
    • 6 ECTS: taking 4 courses
    • 7.5 ECTS: taking 5 courses
    • 9 ECTS: taking 6 courses

Grading system:

Students will deliver a short final project one week after the summer school finishes. It will consist in solving a final problem or assignment that will include the practical and empirical issues worked in class. The project will be graded on an A, B, C, D, F basis.

To fulfill the requirements there will be a project delivery per course taken, and the final grade will result from the average of all projects assessed. This is, the final grade will be the same for the total number of hours. If the student requests a transcript from another summer program, this will be evaluated independently.

Microeconometrics Summer School

Requisites:

  • Attending at least the 80% of the lectures and practical lessons
  • For a Transcript equivalent to Barcelona GSE’s:
    • 3 ECTS: taking 2 courses
    • 4.5 ECTS: taking 3 courses
    • 6 ECTS: taking 4 courses
    • 7.5 ECTS: taking 5 courses
    • 9 ECTS: taking 6 courses

Grading system:

For all courses except for “Econometrics of Cross-section Data with Applications” students will deliver a short final project one week after the summer school finishes. It will consist in solving a final problem or assignment that will include the practical and empirical issues worked in class. For the “Econometrics of Cross-section Data with Applications” course students will be graded on an exam that will take place during the afternoon session of the last day. The project and exam will be graded on an A, B, C, D, F basis

To fulfill the requirements there will be a project delivery or exam per course taken, and the final grade will result from the average of all projects assessed. This is, the final grade will be the same for the total number of hours. If the student requests a transcript from another summer program, this will be evaluated independently.

Evaluation policy for all programs

Exams and any other evaluation exercises 

No re-takes are possible. Students can ask for a review of the grade obtained within the following 15 days (calendar days) after the grades are published.

Academic Integrity 

Academic integrity is violated with any activity that is likely to undermine the integrity essential to scholarship and research. It includes plagiarism, collusion, fabrication or falsification of results, and anything else that is intended to achieve credit for those committing it that they do not properly deserve.

Plagiarism is the presentation of the ideas, work or words of other people without proper, clear and unambiguous acknowledgement. It also includes the submission, in whole or in part, of a student’s own work – ‘self-plagiarism’ – where, for example, such work may have been previously submitted for a different assessment.

Collusion occurs when a student or students collaborate inappropriately or illicitly with another student or students with the intention of improving the mark or grade of an individual or group.

Fabrication or falsification of data or results by individual students or groups of students is the presentation or inclusion in assignments of figures or data unsupported by verifiable or documented programs of research; this may or may not additionally involve instances of plagiarism and/or of collusion.

Penalties

If a student’s work violates the standard of academic integrity, the penalty imposed will be a mark of zero for all the summer school.


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