Academic Year

The university year begins in September and finishes at the end of July.

The first (winter/fall) semester runs from the end of September to the end of January and the second (summer/spring) semester runs from the beginning of March to the beginning of July. Each semester has a total of about 15 weeks of teaching plus 2 weeks of exams.

International students may be expected to attend short intensive German courses between the semesters. For more details talk to the German co-ordinator

The academic year includes breaks at Christmas and Easter.


Public holidays in Baden-Württemberg, Germany

  • New Year's Day (1 January)
  • Epiphany (6 January)
  • Easter
  • May Day/Labor Day (1 May)
  • Ascension 
  • Whit Monday 
  • Corpus Christi 
  • National Day (3 October)
  • All Saints Day (1 November)
  • Christmas (25/26 December)