Academic calendar

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:

Winter semester 2018/2019:

  •  Lecture period:    8th October 2018 - 1st February 2019

Summer semester 2019:       

  • Lecture period: 8th April 2019 - 12th July 2019

Holidays: 21st December 2018 - 4th January 2019 (Christmas holidays) and 11th June 2019 (Pentecost/Whitsun).

See also "Dates and Deadlines"

Public holidays in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany:

Public holidays



New Year's Day

1st January

1st January

Carnival Monday

12th February 4th March

Good Friday

30th March

19th April

Easter Monday

2nd April

22nd April

Labour Day

1st May

1st May

Ascension Day

10th May

30th May

Whit Monday

21st May

10th June

Corpus Christi

31st May

20th June

German reunification

3rd October

3rd October

All Saints

1st November

1st November


25th - 26th December

25th - 26th December