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.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic the term dates are subject to change. Please check the websites of the individual universities for further information.

Term Dates at Bavarian Universities:

DatesSemester
20th April - 7th August 2020summer semester of 2020
12th October 2020 - 5th February 2021winter semester of 2020/21
12th April - 16th July 2021summer semester of 2021
18th October 2021- 11th February 2022winter semester of 2021/22
25th April - 29th July 2022summer semester of 2022
17th October 2022 - 10th February 2023winter semester of 2022/23

Term Dates at Bavarian Universities of Applied Sciences:

DatesSemester
20th April -  7th August 2020summer semester of 2020
1st October 2020 - 22nd January 2021winter semester of 2020/21
15th March - 9th July 2021summer semester of 2021
4th October 2021 - 25th January 2022winter semester of 2021/22
15th March - 8th July 2022summer semester of 2022
4th October 2022 - 25th January 2023winter semester of 2022/23

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.