Academic Calendar

The academic year at the University of Tampere is divided into two semesters consisting of two periods each. There is a Christmas vacation of three weeks after the second period. Summer vacation runs from the end of the fourth period until the start of the new academic year. The four-period system does not apply to Medicine, in which teaching is organised according to the two-semester system.

Academic Calendar 2017-2018

Autumn semester 2017

  • Period I: 4 Sep - 22 Oct
  • Period II: 23 Oct - 15 Dec

Spring semester 2018

  • Period III: 8 Jan - 4 March
  • Period IV: 5 March - 27 May

Teaching in the Spring Semester 2018 begins 8 January and ends by the end of May 2018. However, the academic year continues until 31 July 2018.

Changes in Teaching Times

The opening ceremony for the academic year is held on Tue 5 September 2017 (no teaching).
Teaching ends at 4 p.m. on Fri 3 November, the eve of All Saints' Day.
Teaching ends at 4 p.m. on Tue 5 December, the eve of Independence Day.
Teaching ends at 4 p.m. on Mon 30 April, eve of 1st of May
Teaching ends at 4 p.m. on Wed 9 May, the eve of Ascension Day.

Registration periods and holidays

Autumn 2017 registration periods

Bachelor's and Master's level: from 1 August to 31 August 2017
Doctoral level: according to Letter of Acceptance

Registration of exchange and visiting students:
from 1 August until the Orientation Course 21-25 August 2017, late arrivals: upon arrival

Christmas holiday: 18 December - 7 January

Spring 2018 registration (exchange students)

During the Orientation Course 2-5 January 2018, late arrivals: upon arrival

Easter holiday: 28 March to 3 April 2018
Summer holiday: from 31 of July until the start of the Autumn Semester. However, teaching in the Spring Semester ends already by the end of May.

Public Holidays
New Year's Day (Uudenvuodenpäivä) 1 January
Epiphany = 12th Night (Loppiainen) 6 January
Good Friday (Pitkäperjantai) 30 March
Easter Sunday (1. pääsiäispäivä) 1 April
Easter Monday (2. pääsiäispäivä) 2 April
1st of May (Vappu) 1 May
Ascension Day (Helatorstai) 10 May
Midsummer (Juhannus) 23 June

Graduation Ceremonies

15 Dec, 2017 at 17:30 and 8 June, 2018 at 17:30

The ceremonies are conducted in Finnish. As signing in for the ceremony differs from faculty to faculty, please contact your own faculty for further information.