Semester system is simply a different management of time during the academic year. Rather than holding the classes for one year with a summer break, as is done under the annual system, the semester system allows for two semesters to be offered in the fall and spring, each of which is 19 weeks long. 16 weeks out of are dedicated to teaching and 2 weeks are reserved for the mid-semester and final examinations. Student’s performance in each course is evaluated on a continuous basis throughout the semester. Final grading for each course is based on quizzes, assignments, term papers/projects, class participation, mid-semester examination and final-semester examination.
Students are required to register for the group of courses prescribed for a particular degree program offered during a particular semester. Course registration of the fresh students is done automatically by the respective department, a week before the commencement of the semester. It is mandatory for the students to register at least 12 credit hours per semester except in the final semester.
The Head of Department must be informed of the student’s intent to add or withdraw a course. Non-attendance does not constitute an official withdrawal. Courses cannot be added after one week of commencement of classes. Courses withdrawn before the mid-semester examination will not be recorded. Courses withdrawn three weeks before the commencement of the final examination will be recorded on the transcript with a grade ‘W’ after which with drawl of the course will not be allowed.
The complexity and fast pace of the courses at Bahria University make regular classroom attendance a necessity. There are also important benefits to be gained from entering into classroom discussion, learning to express one’s own ideas and to benefit from the ideas of others. The University therefore follows a strict attendance policy.
It is mandatory for every student to attend at least 75% of the contact hours failing which he/she will not be allowed to sit in the final examination and awarded letter grade “I” (indicating incomplete / less attendance ).
The University reserves the right to cancel any course due to low enrolment or non-availability of faculty. Minimum required strength for offering of the non-elective courses is ten students. The University reserves the right to form new sections and adjust/transfer students to other sections at any stage of the course.
Course Repeat Policy
The following shall be the conditions for repetition of courses: Repeating is only permitted in cases where the grade obtained is ‘C+’ or less. All attempts by a student in a subject regardless of the reasons will be recorded on the transcript. Only the highest of all attempts will be used in the calculation of the CGPA. The course can only be repeated within one year of result declaration.
Students will be placed on probation if their GPA (First semester only)/CGPA falls between 2.00 and 2.49. Only one chance of probation in one-year academic programs and two chances of probation are allowed in programs for more than one year.
Students will be allowed one relegation i.e. if a student’s GPA (First semester only)/CGPA drops below 2.00 for first time or he/she avails allowed chances of Probation(s) without raising GPA/CGPA to 2.5 & above, he/she will be relegated and lose one semester, but will be required to repeat only those courses in which the Grade is C+ or lower. The lower limit for relegation is CGPA 1.5.
In case GPA (First semester only)/CGPA of a student falls below 1.5 or the student fails to improve GPA/CGPA to 2.5 & above after availing probation/ relegation, he/she will be dismissed from the program. These rules also apply to the Foundation semesters.
Migration and Credit Transfers
Migration will only be allowed from the colleges, universities or the institutions recognized by the University Grants Commission. No migration will be allowed into one-year programs. Transfer of credits will be considered on the basis of course contents, credit hours and basic eligibility criteria. The equivalence committee will make final recommendations. A maximum of 50% of the total credits in the program to which transfer is sought can be transferred. Migration will only be allowed if the CGPA of the applicant is 2.5 or above according to the grading system of Bahria University. Migration will be allowed only at the start of a semester and student will have to appear in all tests with other applicant.
Dual Majors (only for non-engineering programmes)
Students already undergoing study at Bahria University and those who have completed their programs for degree will be eligible for dual majors qualification. Only one degree will be awarded. Transcript will reflect the details of additional course work completed. For those who have been issued degree, only Final transcript will be issued.
Fee structure will remain the same as for existing programs (rate per credit hour). Twelve (12) Cr Hrs will be offered. Required credit hours / courses for dual majors must be completed to be eligible for the award. Applications for dual majors are to be forwarded to respective Director of the Institute.
University has the right to refuse admission in 2nd major and permission will be accorded subject to availability of seats.
Schedule of program will not be disturbed to adjust “Dual Major” courses.
Students achieving high academic standards are awarded Honors upon completion of their degree requirements. Honors designations are indicated on transcript. Medals and Merit Certificates are awarded to these students at the convocation ceremony.
|Summa Cum Laude||3.95-4.00|
|Magna Cum Laude||3.80-3.94|
The university will release transcripts upon written request from the student. No official transcripts will be released until all obligations to the University have been met. Requests will not be accepted from, or released to, third parties without a written consent from the student. Additional copies of transcript will be made available on payment of Rs. 50/- per copy.
Since coursework begins every semester at Bahria University, students complete degree requirements and are graduated from the University on a semester basis. Degrees are posted with the last date of the month in which the degree requirements are met.
The convocation ceremony for the University is traditionally held at least once a year. All students completing their degree during the previous semester are eligible to participate. However, Participation in the convocation ceremony is not mandatory.
Degree Request Procedure
Students with a minimum CGPA of 2.50 must contact the institute office upon receipt of their final grade to initiate final degree audit and order their degree. Students are required to remove any deficiencies from their academic record, clear any indebtedness to the University prior to release of the degree and official transcript indicating the award of the degree. Students who have met all degree requirements and financial obligations may request from the University through a letter verifying degree completion prior to receiving their degree.
All BU students are expected to complete their Programs within a reasonable time frame. Students must adhere to the following timeline
|Actual Duration||Maximum Duration|
|4 years||6 years|
|3 years||5 years|
|2.5 years||4 years|
|2 years||3.5 years|
|1 year||2.5 years|