Important practical information for students
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.
Academic year 2018-2019
Autumn semester 2018
|1-24.8||Summer teaching period S1*|
|(27.8-12.10.2018)||(Teaching period 1 for new bachelor students in Swedish)|
|3.9-12.10.2018||Teaching period 1 for master's students and exchange students|
|3.9.2018||Opening of the academic year in Helsinki at 1 pm (no teaching after 11.45 am)|
|4.9.2018||Opening of the academic year in Vaasa at 1 pm (no teaching after 11.45 am)|
|12.10.2018||No teaching in Vaasa to Hankendagen alumni event|
|13 & 15–20.10.2018||Exam week for period 1 (all students)|
|22.10–7.12.2018||Teaching period 2 (all students)|
|6.12.2018||No teaching due to national holiday|
|8 & 10–15 & 17-18.12.2018||Exam week for period 2 (all students)|
Spring semester 2019
|21.1–8.3.2019||Teaching period 3 (all students)|
|9 & 11–16.3.2019||Exam week for period 3 (all students)|
|18.3–10.5.2019||Teaching period 4 (all students)|
|18–24.4.2019||Easter vacation, no teaching|
|11 & 13-18 & 20-21.5.2019||Exam week for period 4 (all students)|
|22.5-30.6.2019||Summer teaching period S2*|
*During the two summer periods some elective courses and duplicates of mandatory courses are offered.