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The academic year is officially divided into two semesters:
- Winter semester: 1 October – 31 March
- Summer semester: 1 April – 30 September
Classes are held during the lecture period, or Vorlesungszeit, and term papers are usually written afterwards during the semester breaks. There is no set exam period.
|Semester||First day of lectures||Last day of lectures|
|Winter Semester 2017/18||Oktober 16, 2017||February 10, 2018|
|Summer Semester 2018||April 9, 2018||July 14, 2018|
|Winter Semester 2018/19||Oktober 15, 2018||February 9, 2019|
|Summer Semester 2019||April 23, 2019||July 27, 2019|
|Winter Semester 2019/20||Oktober 14, 2019||Feburary 7, 2020|
|Summer Semester 2020||April 20, 2020||July 24, 2020|
|Winter Semester 2020/21||October 12, 2020||February 5, 2021|
Thus the Summer Semester consists of 14, the Winter Semester of 15 weeks of lectures. There are no lectures on public holidays, on the Tuesdays following Easter Monday and Whit Monday, or on Maundy Thursday. The Christmas break begins on 24 December and lectures resume on 7 January.
For information on special entrance exams, please consult with the individual departments.
- Application deadline for winter semester: July 15
- Application deadline for summer semester: January 15
Deadlines are binding for university-internal numerus clausus subjects with special requirements and can vary for other subjects.