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.

Early exit option

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.


Semester I

Start period 1: Monday 31 August 2020 (week 36)
Start period 2: Monday 9 November 2020 (week 46)

Winter break: 21 December 2020 - 10 January 2021 (week 52, week 53 and week 1)

Semester II

Start period 3: Monday 8 February 2021 (week 6)
Start period 4: Monday 26 April 2021 (week 17)

Non-teaching Days: Good Friday (2 April), Easter (4 and 5 April), King’s Day (27 April), Liberation Day (5 May),  Ascension Day (13 May) and the day after, Whitsun (23 May and 24 May)