I'm not sure what you meant by "class". I only went to university for two years, and it was in France, when you choose what you want to study but then everything is compulsory.
Let me remember the classes... or what we called classes (I studied English):
GB Civ: 1h30
US Civ: 1h30
English > French translation: 1h30
French>English translation: 1h30
Oral comprehension: 1h30
Other language: 1h30
"Methodology" was analysing stuff, newspaper articles for one semester and literary texts for the other (classes are always year-long in France). "Oral comprehension" they would play audio material, such as short story read by someone, and then we'd answer test questions to make sure we understood everything. The option was to choose from a list that included things like "contemporary American literature" or "advanced linguistics".
It was considered a light course because it only had 20 hours instead of 25-30. (But of course that doesn't include the time you're supposed to study from home. Exams can be on something that was never studied in class, part of the program is supposed to be studied on your own).
Both years had the same classes, except for French that was dropped after the first year and replaced with 2h of another option to select from the list. The way I understood it, from the fourth year on (that is after you got your lowest degree) you could specialise. That was an added course of I think 3 or 4 hours in whatever you chose (you had to keep studying the rest).
Then 2 years after that you got your master, and for the PhD it was different. But I never looked into that since I dropped out after the second year to move to Canada.
I guess the main difference is your classes change every semester while ours are the same for the whole degree, or at the very least for a whole year.