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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 2014/15||Oktober 6, 2014||January 31, 2015|
|Summer Semester 2015||April 13, 2015||July 18, 2015|
|Winter Semester 2015/16||Oktober 12, 2015||February 6, 2016|
|Summer Semester 2016||April 11, 2016||July 16, 2016|
|Winter Semester 2016/17||Oktober 17, 2016||Feburary 11, 2017|
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.