Academic calendar

The academic year at Utrecht University is divided into 2 semesters and each semester is divided into 2 blocks/periods/terms. Lectures, classes and exams (except re-takes) take place in these periods, although some faculties may slightly differ from the dates below.

2022 - 2023

Semester I
  • start period 1: Monday 5 September (week 36)
  • start period 2: Monday 14 November (week 46)

Non-teaching days: Monday 26 December t/m Friday 6 January (week 52 en week 1)*

Semester II
  • start period 3: Monday 6 February (week 6)
  • start period 4: Monday 24 April (week 17)

End of period 4: Friday 30 June (the Friday of week 26)

2023 - 2024

Semester I
  • start period 1: Monday 4 September (week 36)
  • start period 2: Monday 13 November (week 46)

Non-teaching days: Monday 25 December t/m Friday 5 January (week 52 en week 1)*

Semester II
  • start period 3: Monday 5 February (week 6)
  • start period 4: Monday 22 April (week 17)

End of period 4: Friday 28 June (the Friday of week 26)

Please note that University College Utrecht and University College Roosevelt have different academic calendars.

Early exit option

Onderzoek in de bibliotheek (foto: Humphrey Daniëls)

Most Faculties offer courses in block 2 that have an "early exit" option (= finish before Christmas). This is only possible for students who need to return to their home institution for the second semester in January. In some cases less than 7.5 ECTS are awarded.

These are tailor made solutions and it is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements with the instructor. Housing through Short Stay Solutions can only be rented for a full semester.