WVPU Policy on ECTS overloads

Effective 1 December 2020

Student success depends on good planning and critically assessing one's own capacity. WVPU recommends that students attempt no more than 30 ECTS per semester and 12 ECTS in the summer even though maximum allowed course loads are higher.


The policy herein describes the process to request an academic overload.
An academic overload is a quantity ECTS in excess of the maximum limits defined below. Overloads are exceptions. Approval is not guaranteed.
There is no restriction in quantity of courses that students may take in a given semester.

Standard limits

The maximum ECTS limit for undergraduate students (BA, BSc) in any single semester is 36 ECTS and 18 ECTS in the summer.
The maximum limit for graduate students is (MA, MSc, MBA) in any single semester is 37.5 ECTS and 22.5 ECTS in the summer.
Exceptions are made when the overload is the result of a thesis.


Students requesting an academic overload in any given semester must receive written approval from the Office of the Director before registering and must meet the following requirements:
  1. The student must be in 'good' academic standing and have a cumulative GPA equal to or greater than 3.0 at the time of the request;
  2. The student must have no administrative, academic, or financial holds at the time of the request;
  3. The student must have no outstanding Incompletes (I) in their academic record;
  4. The student must submit a completed request form signed by both the department head (1st major) and faculty adviser.
Students requesting academic overload should complete the Overload Request Form and email their requests and all relevant documentation to the Academic Service Office (Maida.Kojic-McAndrew@webster.ac.at) using their @webster.edu email address no later than one week prior to start of the fall and spring semesters with the subject line: "Overload Request: Last name/student ID/semester-year" (e.g. Overload Request: Smith/1234567/Fall-2023).
The Office of the Director will review all valid applications and the Academic Services Office will provide the student, adviser, and department with the decision by email (for students at their @webster.edu email address only).
In accordance with local accreditation laws and requirements, all WVPU specific policies have statutory authority.