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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 2019/20

Arrival Day for Orientation
September 2, 2019

Orientation Course
September 2 -27, 2019

Course Advisement
September 30 - October 2,2019

Arrival Day for Semester
October 1, 2019 

Classes Begin
October 7, 2019

Excursion to Berlin
November 18 - 23, 2019

Christmas Break
December 24, 2019 - January 6, 2020

Classes End
January 31, 2020

Move out of dorms*
by February 29, 2020

 

Holidays

German Unification Day
October 3, 2019

All Saints' Day
November 1, 2019

Dies Academicus
December 4, 2019 

 

 

Summer semester 2020

Arrival Day for Orientation
March 2, 2020 (tbc)
Orientation Course
March 2 - 27, 2020 (tbc)
Arrival Day for Semester
April 1, 2020 (tbc) 
Course Advisement
March 30 - April 3, 2020
Classes Begin
April 6, 2020
Easter Break
April 10 - 13, 2020
Berlin Excursion (only Junior Year Program)
May 25 - 30, 2020
Classes End
July 12, 2020
Move out of dorms*
by July 31, 2020
 

Holidays

Ascension Day
May 21, 2020
Dies Academicus
tba
Pentecost Break
June 1 - 5, 2020 (tbc)
Corpus Christi
June 11, 2020

 

* Room inspections and check-outs are only possible during the office hours of the dorm manager ("Hausverwalter"), so please plan ahead.

 

Past Terms

Summer semester 2019

Arrival Day for Orientation
March 5, 2019
Orientation Course
March 5 - 29, 2019
Easter Break
April 19 - 22, 2019
Arrival Day for Semester
April 1, 2019 
Course Advisement
April 2 - 4, 2019
University Classes Begin
April 1, 2019
German and other International Office Classes Begin
April 8, 2019
 
 
Berlin Excursion (only Junior Year Program)
June 10 - 15, 2019
Classes End
July 12, 2019
Move out of dorms*
by July 31, 2019
 
Holidays
Carnival Monday
March 4, 2019
Ascension Day
May 30, 2019
Dies Academicus
May 15, 2019
Pentecost Break
June 10 - 14, 2019
Corpus Christi
June 20, 2019
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