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Academic Calendar for International Exchange Students

Seminar with Professor Armbrüster

Seminar with Professor Armbrüster
Image Credit: Roland Krause

In front of the veggie mensa

In front of the veggie mensa
Image Credit: Grit Rother

Entrance of the law library

Entrance of the law library
Image Credit: Julia Oesterreich

Lecture in lecture hall III

Lecture in lecture hall III
Image Credit: Daniel Markus

Law Campus

Law Campus
Image Credit: Grit Rother

On the Law Campus

On the Law Campus
Image Credit: Grit Rother

Academic Year 2019/20

Winter Term 2019/20

formal duration: 1 October 2019 - 31 March 2020
lecture-free period: 1 - 11 October 2019
orientation days: 1 - 11 October 2019
lecture period: 14 October 2019 - 14 February 2020
holidays: 3 October 2019, 21 December 2019 - 5 January 2020, 8 March 2020
exam period: 10 - 28 February 2020
lecture-free period: 17 February - 31 March 2020

Summer Term 2020

formal duration: 1 April - 30 September 2020
lecture-free period: 1 - 13 April 2020
orientation days: 1 - 9 April 2020
lecture period: 14 April - 17 July 2020

In order to contain the corona virus, the start of the lecture period has been postponed until 20 April 2020.

holidays: 10 April, 13 April, 1 May, 8 May, 21 May, 1 June 2020
exam period: 13 - 31 July 2020
lecture-free period: 20 July - 30 September 2020

Academic Year 2018/19

Winter Term 2018/19

formal duration: 1 October 2018 - 31 March 2019
orientation days: 1 - 12 October 2018
holiday: 3 October 2018
lecture period: 15 October 2018 - 16 February 2019
lecture-free day: 4 December 2018 (dies academicus, commemorating the founding of Freie Universität Berlin 70 years ago)
holidays: 22 December 2018 - 5 January 2019
exam period: 11 February - 1 March 2019

Summer Term 2019

formal duration: 1 April - 30 September 2019
orientation days: 25 March - 5 April 2019
lecture period: 8 April - 13 July 2019
holidays: 8 March, 19 April, 22 April, 1 May, 30 May, 10 June 2019
exam period: 8 - 26 July 2019


Incoming exchange students are recommended to travel to Berlin in early October or in late March / early April. After arrival considerable time must be devoted to administrative procedures. Furthermore, all incoming exchange students are supposed to take part in our Orientation Days.

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.