The academic year in Finland starts in late August/early September and ends in late May. It consists of two semesters, the autumn and spring semester. Courses are normally arranged once a year, either in the autumn or spring semester. There are no exam weeks. Course exams are arranged after the lessons are finished, which can be anytime after the middle of the semester.
When booking your flights, please note that lessons and exams will continue until the end of each semester and you are expected to stay until the end of the semester. The graduation date is the last day when any lessons or exams may take place.
Academic Year 2020 - 2021
Autumn semester 25.8. - 31.12.2020
Independent Study Week 12. - 18.10.2020
Graduation date / semester ends 18.12.2020
Spring semester 07.01 - 28.05.2021
Independent Study Week 08.03 - 14.03.2021
Graduation date / semester ends 28.05.2021
The recommended arrival days for the exchange students are 22 - 24 August 2020 (autumn semester) and 5 - 6 January 2021 (spring semester). Read more about the arrival and reception.
Academic Year 2021 - 2022
Autumn semester 24.8. - 31.12.2021
Independent Study Week 18. - 24.10.2021
Graduation date / semester ends 17.12.2021
Spring semester 07.01 - 27.05.2022
Independent Study Week 07.03 - 13.03.2022
Graduation date / semester ends 27.05.2021
The recommended arrival days for the exchange students are 20 - 23 August 2021 (autumn semester) and 4 - 6 January 2022 (spring semester). Read more about the arrival and reception.