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 2021:       

  • Lecture period: 12th April 2021 - 23rd July 2021


Winter semester 2021/2022:

 Lecture period: 11th October 2021 - 4th February 2022


Holidays: 24th May 2021 (Pentecost/Whitsun) and 23rd December 2021 - 6th January 2022 (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 28th February

Good Friday

2nd April

15th April

Easter Monday

5th April

18th April

Labour Day

1st May

1st May

Ascension Day

13th May

26th May

Whit Monday

24th May

6th June

Corpus Christi

3rd June

16th June

German reunification

3rd October

3rd October

All Saints

1st November

1st November


25th - 26th December

25th - 26th December