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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: 20 April - 17 July 2020

In an attempt to contain the corona virus, the start of the lecture period has been postponed by one week.

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 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
national 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

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.