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Academic Calendar for International Exchange Students

Entrance of the law library

Entrance of the law library
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Academic Year 2020/21

Winter Term 2020/21

formal duration: 1 October 2020 - 31 March 2021
national holiday: 3 October 2020
orientation days: 19 - 30 October 2020
lecture period: 2 November 2020 - 27 February 2021

The start of the teaching period has been postponed from mid-October to early November due to a prolonged admission process during the Covid-19 university closure.

academic holidays: 19 December 2020 - 2 January 2021
end of exams for English-taught courses: 27 February 2021
exam period for German-taught courses: 22 February - 19 March 2021 (subject to change)
lecture-free period: 1 - 31 March 2021
holiday: 8 March 2021

Summer Term 2021

formal duration: 1 April - 30 September 2021
orientation days: 29 March - 9 April 2021
lecture period: 12 April - 17 July 2021
holidays: 2 April, 5 April, 13 May, 24 May 2021
end of exams for English-taught courses: 17 July 2021
exam period for German-taught courses: 12 July - 6 August 2021
lecture-free period: 19 July - 30 September 2021

Academic Year 2021/22

Winter Term 2021/22

formal duration: 1 October 2021 - 31 March 2022
national holiday: 3 October 2021
orientation days: 4 - 15 October 2021
lecture period: 18 October 2021 - 19 February 2022
academic holidays: 20 December 2021 - 1 January 2022
end of exams for English-taught courses: 19 February 2022
exam period for German-taught courses: 14 February - 4 March 2022
lecture-free period: 21 February - 31 March 2022
holiday: 8 March 2022

Summer term 2022

formal duration: 1 April - 30 September 2022
orientation days: 4 - 14 April 2022
lecture period: 19 April - 23 July 2022
holidays: 15 April, 18 April, 26 May, 6 June
end of exams for English-taught courses: 23 July 2022
exam period for German-taught courses: 18 July - 5 August 2022
lecture-free period: 25 July - 30 September 2022

Incoming exchange students are expected to arrive in Berlin two weeks before the start of the lecture period. This corresponds to the beginning of the Orientation Days. After arrival considerable time must be devoted to administrative procedures.

At the end of the lecture period, students should make sure that they have enough time for exams. Please have a look at the web page "Exam Schedule" (on the bottom of this page under "Related Links") which provides more information on prospective exam dates.