Academic Calendar


At Finnish universities, the academic year begins on 1 August and ends on 31 July. The academic year consists of two semesters.

Autumn Semester
September – December

Spring Semester
January – May

In the spring semester, classes finish by early May but some exams can be taken up until the end of May. The actual starting and ending date of studies depends on the field of study and the courses taken.

There is no summer semester, but during the summer, students can take summer studies, which may consist of exams, practical training or master’s thesis. Lectures and seminars are not usually offered from June to August. Most of the libraries are open during the summer.

In addition to summer holidays, there is a break at Christmas (~ Dec 20 – Jan 7) and Easter. Other possible holidays are winter holiday (week  10) and autumn break (week 43). May Day (May 1st) and Independence Day (December 6th) are public holidays.


Faculty of Technology Teaching Periods

Autumn 2013

1. period: 2.9.-4.10.2013 (weeks 36-40)
2. period: 7.10.-8.11.2013 (weeks 41-45)
3. period: 11.11-13.12.2013 (weeks 46-50)

Spring 2014

4. period: 13.1.-14.2.2014 (weeks 3-7)
5. period: 17.2.-28.3.2014 (weeks 8-13)
6. period: 31.3.-9.5.2014 (weeks 14-19)

Last updated: 17.9.2013