Academic calendar

The academic year at German universities is divided into winter semester and summer semester.

Winter semester:     1st October - 31st March

Summer semester:  1st April - 30th September

Each semester is divided into lecture and lecture free periods. The dates of lecture period as well as holidays vary from semester to semester. Exams are usually taken in the first weeks of the lecture free period:

Summer semester 2022:       

  • Lecture period: 4th April 2022 - 15th July 2022


Winter semester 2022/2023:

 Lecture period: 10th October 2022 - 3rd February 2023


Holidays: 7th May 2022 (Pentecost/Whitsun) and 23rd December 2022 - 6th January 2023 (Christmas holidays)

See also (in german): Current dates and deadlines.


Public holidays in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany:

Public holidays



New Year's Day

1st January

1st January

Carnival Monday

dropped due to pandemic 20th February

Good Friday

15th April

7th April

Easter Monday

18th April

10th April

Labour Day

1st May

1st May

Ascension Day

26th May

18th May

Whit Monday

6th June

29th May

Corpus Christi

16th June

8th June

German reunification

3rd October

3rd October

All Saints

1st November

1st November


25th - 26th December

25th - 26th December