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 2020:       

  • Lecture period: 20th April 2020 - 17th July 2020

Winter semester 2020/2021:

  •  Lecture period: 2th November 2020 - 5st February 2021

Holidays: 2th June 2020 (Pentecost/Whitsun) and 23rd December 2020 - 6th January 2020 (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

24th February 15th February

Good Friday

10th April

2nd April

Easter Monday

13th April

5th April

Labour Day

1st May

1st May

Ascension Day

21th May

13th May

Whit Monday

1st June

24th May

Corpus Christi

11th June

3rd June

German reunification

3rd October

3rd October

All Saints

1st November

1st November


25th - 26th December

25th - 26th December