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.

2021 - 2022

Semester I
  • start 1st period: Monday 6 September 2021 (week 36)
  • start 2nd period: Monday 15 November 2021 (week 46)

Winter break: 27 December 2021 - 7 January 2022 (week 52, week 53 and week 1)

Semester II
  • start 3d period: Monday 7 February 2022 (week 6)
  • start 4th period: Monday 25 April 2022 (week 17)

Non-teaching Days: Good Friday (15 April), Easter (17 and 18  April), King’s Day (27 April), Liberation Day (5 May),  Ascension Day (26 May) and the day after, Whitsun (5 and 6 June)

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.