University Term Dates

The German academic year is generally divided into a winter and a summer semester. A semester is a period of six months. However, this includes semester breaks (“Semesterferien”), so the actual term time during which lectures and seminars are held (“Vorlesungszeit”) is shorter. During semester breaks there may be examinations, intensive courses or internships. You can usually also find time to go on holiday or find a student job, though.

Term Dates at Bavarian Universities:

DatesSemester
9th April - 14th July 2018summer semester of 2018
15th October 2018 - 9th February 2019winter semester of 2018/19
23rd April - 27th July 2019summer semester of 2019
14th October 2019 - 7th February 2020winter semester of 2019/20
20th April - 24th July 2020summer semester of 2020
12th October 2020 - 5th February 2021winter semester of 2020/21

Term Dates at Bavarian Universities of Applied Sciences:

DatesSemester
15th March - 10th July 2018summer semester of 2018
1st October 2018 - 25th January 2019winter semester of 2018/19
18th March - 10th July 2019summer semester of 2019
1st October 2019 - 24th January 2020winter semester of 2019/20
16th March- 10th July 2020summer semester of 2020
1st October 2020 - 22nd January 2021winter semester of 2020/21

Term Dates at Bavarian Universities of Arts

The Bavarian universities of arts (Kunsthochschulen) adhere to their own academic calendars. You can find out the exact dates by contacting the relevant university directly.