The following terms are commonly used during the process of registration and academic advising:


A curriculum represents a student’s study plan consisting of a certain number of courses, with each course carrying a certain number of weekly instruction hours. The student must successfully complete all of the listed courses in order to graduate. Consequently, the University confers a degree upon the particular student.


A course is a student’s study unit which usually corresponds to three weekly instruction hours for 16 weeks (i.e. 48 hours). Lecture, lab and studio courses follow different rules of grading including homework, reports, papers, projects, quizzes, and final examinations.

Credit Hour

A credit hour is the basic study unit which a student attends every week for every course he/she has registered for in a semester. For instance, a three credit hour course means that the student has to attend the course for three hours on a weekly basis throughout the particular semester. In a three credit lab or studio course, the weekly contact hours increase to up to six hours.

Study Load

A study load is the total number of credit hours the student is registered for and attempts to pass at the end of a particular semester. The allowed load per semester ranges from 12 to 18 credit hours. Students who would like to register for more than 18 credit hours per semester should seek the approval of the Program’s Director.

Academic Advisor

An Academic Advisor is a faculty member who advises the students on the courses they need to register for every semester. Each department/program provides its students with a faculty advisor to help them select their courses and work out their academic programs according to their fields of specialization, interests and capabilities.