Semester Structure

The academic year is divided into two full semesters: Fall and Spring.  Each full semester is 12 weeks long, and courses that run throughout the full semester typically carry 6 ECTS credits.  Fall semester runs from early October to end of January, while Spring semester runs from early March to end of June.

Fall and Spring semesters are further subdivided into 1st and 2nd half semesters, each of which is 6 weeks long. Courses that are half-semester-long typically carry 3 ECTS credits.

The course and exam periods are summarized in the following tables.


Academic year 2017/18

Download list of academic dates as PDF.

Fall 2017

Pre-semester:
  • Courses: Sep 21- Oct 6
Full semester:
  • Lectures: Oct 9- Dec 22 and Jan 8-19
  • Exam Week: Jan 22- 26
1st Half Semester:
  • Lectures: Oct 9- Nov 17
  • Exam Week: Nov 20- 24
2nd Half Semester:
  • Lectures: Nov 27- Dec 22 and Jan 8-19
  • Exam Week: Jan 22- 26

Spring 2018

Pre-semester:
  • Courses: Jan 29- Feb 23
Full semester:
  • Lectures: Feb 26- Mar 30 and Apr 16- Jun 15
  • Exam Week: Jun 18- 22
1st Half Semester:
  • Lectures: Feb 26- Mar 30 and Apr 16- 20
  • Exam Week: Apr 23- 27
2nd Half Semester:
  • Lectures: Apr 30- Jun 15
  • Exam Week: Jun 18- 22

Non-teaching Periods:

Rotation periods:

Rotation 1 Rotation 2 Rotation 3 Rotation 4
Dates Oct 15-Dec 15, 2017 Dec 18, 2017-Feb 23, 2018 Mar 5-Apr 27, 2018 April 30-Jun 29, 2018

Public Holidays 2017/18

Oct 26     Austrian National Holiday (Thu)
Nov 1      All Saints’ Day (Wed)
Dec 8      Immaculate Conception (Fri)
Dec 25    Christmas Day (Mon)
Dec 26    St. Stephen’s (Tue)
Jan 1       New Year’s Day (Mon)
Jan 6       Epiphany (Sat)

Apr 1     Easter Sunday (Sun)
Apr 2     Easter Monday (Mon)
May 1    Labor Day (Tue)
May 10  Ascension Day (Thu)
May 21  Whit Monday (Mon)
May 31  Corpus Christi (Thu)


Academic year 2016/17

Fall 2016

Pre-semester: Sep 21–Oct 7, 2016
Full semester:

1st Half Semester:

2nd Half Semester:

Spring 2017

Pre-semester: Jan 30 – Feb 26, 2017
Full semester:

1st Half Semester:

2nd Half Semester:

 

 Rotation periods:

Rotation 1 Rotation 2 Rotation 3 Rotation 4
Dates Oct 16-Dec 15, 2017 Dec 18, 2017-Feb 23, 2018 Mar 5-Apr 27, 2018 April 30-Jun 29, 2018

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