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 2018-2019

Autumn semester 2018

  • Period I:  27 Aug - 21 Oct
  • Period II: 22 Oct - 14 Dec

Spring semester 2019

  • Period III: 7 Jan - 3 March
  • Period IV: 4 March - 26 May

Teaching in the Spring Semester 2019 begins 7 January and ends by the end of May 2019. However, the academic year continues until 31 July 2019. All new international students are required to attend the Orientation Course (2 - 5 January, 2019).

The opening ceremony for the academic year is held on Wed 5 September 2018 (no teaching).

Changes in Teaching Times

Fri 2 November 2018, the eve of All Saints' Day, teaching ends at 4 p.m.
Wed 5 December 2018, the eve of Independence Day, teaching ends at 4 p.m.
17 - 23 April 2019, Easter break, teaching will not be arranged
Tue 30 April 2019, 1st of May eve, teaching ends at 4 p.m. 
Wed 29 May 2019, the eve of Ascension Day, teaching ends at 4 p.m. 

Graduation Ceremonies

Fri 14 Dec, 2018 at 17:30

Academic Calendar 2019-2020

The Educational Coordination group of the Tampere University of Technology, University of Tampere and the Tampere University of Applied Sciences has decided the schedule of the academic years 2019-2020 ... 2023-2024 at its meeting on 2nd May 2018. Decision of the shcedule (pdf, in Finnish)

Autumn semester 2019

  • Period I: 1.8.2019 - 20.10.2019
    • orientation 19.08.2019 - 25.08.2019
    • 1. teaching period 26.08.2019 - 13.10.2019
    • independent studying/exam week 14.10.2019 - 20.10.2019
  • Period II: 21.10.2019 - 31.12.2019
    • 2. teaching period 21.10.2019 - 08.12.2019
    • independent studying/exam week 09.12.2019 - 22.12.2019

Spring semester 2020

  • Period III: 1.1.2020 - 1.3.2020
    • orientation 02.01.2020 - 03.01.2020
    • 3. teaching period 07.01.2020 - 23.02.2020
    • independent studying/exam week 24.02.2020 - 01.03.2020
  • Period IV: 2.3.2020 - 31.7.2020
    • 4. teaching period 02.03.2020 - 31.05.2020
    • independent studying/exam week 04.05.2020 - 17.05.2020

Summer 2020

  • 18.05.2020 - 31.07.2020
  • *1.8.2020 - 16.08.2020

*) These are included officially in the following academic year.

No classes or exams will be arranged on the following days:

  • Independence Day on 6 December
  • Christmas break on 23 December 2019 - 6 January 2020
  • Easter break on 8-14 April 2020
  • May Day on 1 May 2020
  • Ascension Day on 21 May 2020