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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.


Autumn Semester 2015 Spring Semester 2016
Period I: 31 Aug - 18 Oct Period III 11 Jan - 6 March
Period II: 19 Oct - 20 Dec Period IV: 7 March - 31 July

Teaching in the Spring Semester 2016 begins 11 January and ends by the end of May 2016. However, the academic year continues until 31 July 2016.

Changes in Teaching Times

The opening ceremony for the academic year is held on Thu 3 September (no teaching).

Teaching ends at 16:00 on Fri 30 October, the eve of All Saints' Day.

Teaching ends at 16:00 on Wed 4 May, the eve of Ascension Day.

Registration Periods and Holidays

Autumn 2015

Registration Periods
Registration of new Bachelor's and Master's degree and non-degree students:
27 July - 31 August

Registration of exchange and visiting students:
from 27 July until the Orientation Course 24 - 28 August (24 August is an arrival day)

Further information and instructions for registration at the university

Enrolment of current degree students

Christmas holiday: 21 December - 10 January

Public Holidays
All Saints’ Day (Pyhäinpäivä) 1 November
Independence Day (Itsenäisyyspäivä) 6 December
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (Jouluaatto ja Joulupäivä) 24 and 25 December
Boxing Day (Tapaninpäivä) 26 December

Spring 2016

Registration of Exchange students:
4 - 9 January (4 January is the arrival day)

Easter holiday: 23 - 29 March
Summer holiday: from 31 of July until the start of the Autumn Semester 2016. 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) 25 March
Easter Sunday (1. pääsiäispäivä) 27 March
Easter Monday (2. pääsiäispäivä) 28 March
1st of May (Vappu) 1 May
Ascension Day (Helatorstai) 5 May
Midsummer (Juhannus) 25 June

Graduation Ceremonies

11 Dec at 17:30 and 10 June at 17:30

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

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