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Academic Calendar 2016-2017

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.


Autumn Semester 2016 Spring Semester 2017
Period I: 29 Aug - 23 Oct Period III 9 Jan - 5 March
Period II: 24 Oct - 16 Dec Period IV: 6 March - 28 May

Teaching in the Spring Semester 2017 begins 9 January and ends by the end of May 2017. However, the academic year continues until 31 July 2017.

Changes in Teaching Times

  • The opening ceremony for the academic year is held on Tue 6 September 2016 (no teaching).
  • Teaching ends at 16:00 on Fri 4 November, the eve of All Saints' Day.
  • Teaching ends at 16:00 on Mon 5 December, the eve of Independence Day.
  • Teaching ends at 16:00 on Wed 24 May, the eve of Ascension Day.

Registration Periods and Holidays

Autumn 2016

Registration Periods
Bachelor's and Master's level: from 1 to 31 August 2016
Doctoral level: according to Letter of Acceptance

Registration of exchange and visiting students:
from 1 August until the Orientation Course 22-26 August 2016, late arrivals: upon arrival

Further information and instructions for registration at the university

Enrolment of current degree students

Christmas holiday: 19 December - 8 January

Public Holidays
All Saints’ Day (Pyhäinpäivä) 5 November
Independence Day (Itsenäisyyspäivä) 6 December
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (Jouluaatto ja Joulupäivä) 24 and 25 December
Boxing Day (Tapaninpäivä) 26 December

Spring 2017

Registration of Exchange students:
during the Orientation Course 2-5 January, late arrivals: upon arrival

Easter holiday: 12 - 18 April 2017
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) 14 April
Easter Sunday (1. pääsiäispäivä) 16 April
Easter Monday (2. pääsiäispäivä) 17 April
1st of May (Vappu) 1 May
Ascension Day (Helatorstai) 25 May
Midsummer (Juhannus) 24 June

Graduation Ceremonies

16 Dec at 17:30 and 9 June 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.

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