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Academic Calendar for Junior-Year- and Exchange Students

At German universities, the academic year is divided into two terms: "Wintersemester" and "Sommersemester". The winter term begins officially on October 1 and ends on March 31. The summer term begins on April 1 and ends on September 30. However, the lecture period only runs from mid-October until mid-February and from mid-April until the middle/end of July. The remaining time, the so-called "vorlesungsfreie Zeit", is intended for writing papers, preparing exams or for internships, etc.

Winter Semester 2015-2016

Semester dates

Arrival Day September 7, 2015
Orientation Course September 7 - October 2, 2015
Excursion to Berlin
(
only Junior Year Program)
 October 5 - October 10, 2015
Course Advisement October 12 - 15, 2015 
Classes Begin October 19, 2015
Christmas Break December 24, 2015 - January 6, 2016
Classes End February 12, 2016
Move out of dorms*  by February 29, 2016

Holidays

All Saints' Day November 1, 2015
Dies Academicus  December 2, 2015

 

 

 Summer Semester 2016

Semester dates

Arrival Day  March 2, 2016
Orientation Course March 2 -  March 31, 2016
Easter Break March 25 - March 28, 2016
Course Advisement April  5 - April  6, 2016
Classes Begin April 11, 2016
Pentecost Break May 15 - May 20, 2016

Berlin excursion

(only Junior Year Program)

June 13 - June 18, 2016 
Classes End July 22, 2016
Move out of dorms*  by July 31, 2016 

Holidays

Good Friday March 25, 2016
Easter Monday March 28, 2016
Ascension Day May 5, 2016
Whit Monday May 16, 2016
Dies Academicus  May 25, 2016
Corpus Christi May 26, 2016

 

Winter Semester 2016-2017

Semester dates

Arrival Day September 5, 2016
Orientation Course September 5 - September 30, 2016
 Excursion to Berlin
(
only Junior Year Program)
 October 3 - October 8, 2016
Course Advisement October 10 - October 13, 2016 
Classes begin October 17, 2016 
Christmas Break (t.b.c.)
Classes End February 10, 2017
Move out of dorms*  by February 28, 2017

Holidays

All Saints' Day November 1, 2016
Dies Academicus  t.b.a.

 

Summer Semester 2017

Semester dates

Arrival Day  March 6, 2017
Orientation Course March 6 -  March 31, 2017

Berlin excursion

(only Junior Year Program)

April 5 - April 10, 2017
Course Advisement April  11 - April  13, 2017
Classes Begin April 18, 2017
Pentecost Break June 5 - June 9, 2017
Classes End July 28, 2017
Move out of dorms*  by July 31, 2017 

Holidays

Ascension Day May 25, 2017
Dies Academicus  t.b.a
Corpus Christi June 15, 2017

 

* Room inspections and check-outs are generally only possible during the office hours of your dorm's building manager ("Hausverwalter"). Only they can decide if exceptions from this rule are possible, so please plan ahead.

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