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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.

Wintersemester 2017-18

Semester dates

Arrival Day September 4, 2017
Orientation Course

September 4 - October 6, 2017

Course Advisement October 4 - 6, 2017
Classes Begin

October 9, 2017

Excursion to Berlin November 20 - 25, 2017
Christmas Break December 23, 2017 - January 6, 2018
Classes End February 2, 2018
Move out of dorms*  by February 28, 2018

Holidays

 
All Saints' Day  November 1, 2017
Dies Academicus  December 6, 2017

 

Summer Semester 2018

Semester dates

Arrival Day  March 5, 2018
Orientation Course March 5 -  March 29, 2018

Course Advisement

April  4 - April  6, 2018 (tbc)
Classes Begin April 9, 2018
Pentecost Break May 21 - 25, 2018

Berlin excursion

(only Junior Year Program)

May 28 - June 2, 2018
Classes End July 20, 2018
Move out of dorms*  by July 31, 2018 

Holidays

Ascension Day May 10, 2018
Dies Academicus  May 17, 2018
Corpus Christi May 31, 2018

 

Wintersemester 2018-19

Semester dates

Arrival Day September 3, 2018
Orientation Course

September 3 - October 5, 2018

Course Advisement October 2 and 4 - 5, 2018
Classes Begin

October 8, 2018

Excursion to Berlin November 19 - 24, 2018
Christmas Break December 24, 2018 - January 4, 2019
Classes End February 1, 2019
Move out of dorms*  by February 28, 2019

Holidays

 
All Saints' Day  November 1, 2018
Dies Academicus  tbc

 

* 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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