Important practical information for students

Study practicalities and the academic calendar

In this section you will find information about practical issues concerning your studies, such as the annual registration and registration for courses and registration for exams. You can also look into the rules and regulations concerning degree requirements and your rights and duties as a student.The First year section contains information for new degree students.When you are about to start writing your thesis, check the information about the thesis, the maturity test and how to apply for your degree under Completion of studies.

The Academic year

The Academic year begins 1 August and ends 31 July. The terms are divided inte two teaching periods each, periods 1 and 2 during the Autumn term and periods 3 and 4 during the Spring term. Each teaching period consists of seven weeks of teaching followed by one week for exams. Period 4 is one week longer than the other periods due to the Easter vacation.Autumn semester 2019

1-30.8.2019 Summer teaching period 1
v. 35 (26-30.8.2019) Introduction for new students
2.9–18.10.2019 Teaching period 1
2.9.2019 at 13.00 Opening of the Academic year, Vaasa
3.9.2019 at 13.00 Opening of the Academic year, Helsinki
19 & 21–26.10.2019 Exam week for period 1
28.10–13.12.2019 Teaching period 2
6.12.2019 Independence day, no teaching
14 & 16–21.12.2019 Exam week for period 2

 Spring semester 2020

20.1–6.3.2020 Teaching period 3
7 & 9–14.3.2020 Exam week for period 3
16.3–8.5.2020 Teaching period 4
9–15.4.2020 Easter vacation, no teaching
9 & 11-16 & 18-19.5.2020 Exam week for period 4
20.5-31.7.2020 Summer teaching period 2