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Academic Calendar

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Academic Year

The academic year at the European University Viadrina is divided into two semesters, winter and summer. At the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics these two semesters are again divided in two blocks and exam periods after each block. The winter semester begins in October and lasts until the end of February. There is a two week break over Christmas and the New Year’s Holidays. The summer semester begins in early April and goes until the middle of July.


Winter SemesterSummer Semester
Winter Semester 2020/21,
Semester duration and important dates:

Official Duration of the Semester
(Lecture and exam period is shorter)

01.10. – 31.03.01.04. – 30.09.
Intensive German Langauge Courseapprox. one week befor the lecture period startsapprox. one week before the lecture period starts
Orientation Weekone week before start of semesterone week before start of semester
Lecture Period

Faculty of Social and Cultural Sciences &
Faculty of Law
mid-October until mid-February, then exam period

exact dates
early April until mid-July, then exam period

exact dates

Lecture Period

Faculty of Business Administration and Economics

1. Block
mid-October until
start-December
then exam period

2. Block
mid-December until
start-February,
then exam period

exam retakes for both blocks

end March

1. Block
start-April until
mid-May,
then exam period

2. Block
end-May until mid-July,
then exam period

exam retakes for both blocks

end September

Christmas Holidaythe week before Christmas – the week after New Years Evesee list of holidays below
Application Deadline for Foreign non-degree seeking Applicants (exchange students)15.07.15.01.
Enrollment for Foreign Students19.09. – 29.09.20.03. – 30.03.
Period for re-registration - only for Students staying one year13.06. – 15.07.09.01. – 10.02.


National Holidays (no classes)

New YearJanuary 1st
Good Fridayusually in April, Friday before Easter
Easter Sundayusually in April
Easter Mondayusually in April, Monday after Easter
Bank HolidayMay 1st
Whit Sundayusually end of May
Whit Mondayusually end of May
Unity DayOctober 3rd
Reformation Day (Brandenburg)October 31st
Christmas DayDecember 25th
Boxing DayDecember 26th