The ISS takes place during six intensive weeks. Instruction is concentrated, so daily attendance is required in all courses. Attendance sheets are used every day.
Mandatory attendance requirement
Admission to take the final exam in all ISS courses requires a minimum attendance of 75% of all class periods. That is, absence cannot exceed 25%, but in special cases the ISS Director may allow an excess to occur.
Course leaders must make sure students understand that attendance is a prerequisite for taking the final examination.
Attendance is registered on a list that is passed around in class every day. The course leader collects the attendance sheet and delivers it to the ISS reception.
During the first week of ISS, attendance sheets are returned to the ISS reception after Day 1, Day 2 and the last day of Week 1. After the first week, attendance sheets are handed in at the end of each week.
Students who are not listed on the attendence sheet are not allowed to be in the classroom, unless the student has a note from the ISS Office. Do not allow a non-registered student to “sit in” on a class. Send the student to the ISS Office, as all course changes must be approved by the ISS Office.
It is important that course leaders notify the ISS Office immediately if students are absent more than two days, so that the ISS Office can attempt to contact the student.
In case of acute illness or other legitimate absence, students may request admission to the final examination or a transcript of grades/attendance despite of the fact that they did not meet the minimum attendance requirement. Requests for examinations and transcripts in such cases must be submitted in writing to the ISS Office prior to the examination date. The ISS Director determines whether or not the student is entitled to sit for the final examination and/or receive a transcript.
In the case of unforeseen absence, students must notify the ISS Office or the course leader as soon as possible. The type of absence will be noted on the attendance sheet, either by the course leader or by the ISS Office. The ISS Office will attempt to contact students that are unexpectedly absent for some time.
Attendance requirements for final examinations
In order to take the final examination, all ISS courses require a minimum attendance of 75%.
Candidates who fail to meet for the final examination will not receive a new opportunity to take the exam. No exams are offered after the final examination day of the summer.
Scholarship students are obliged to attend classes and take the final examination. Absence without valid reason is not acceptable. Similarly, self-financed students who for some reason do not take the exam will only receive a Certificate of Participation if they attend at least 75% of the class periods.
Admission to take the final examination is also dependent on the student completing all required course work for the course. Obligatory course work may include assignments or term papers.
Students must be informed about all obligatory assignments during the first week of classes.