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 2019 - 2020
Autumn semester 27.8. - 20.12.2019
Independent Study Week 14. - 20.10.2019
Graduation date / semester ends 20.12.2019
Spring semester 09.01. - 29.05.2020
Independent Study Week 02. - 08.03.2020
Graduation date / semester ends 29.05.2020
The recommended arrival days for the exchange students are 24 - 26 August 2019 (autumn semester) and 7 - 8 January 2020 (spring semester). Read more about the arrival and reception.
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.