The academic year at the University of Helsinki runs from August 1 until July 31, the autumn term lasting from August 1 till the end of December and spring term from January 1 till the end of July. These are the official dates; the real teaching periods are explained below.

Teaching periods

The Universityof Helsinki uses a system of teaching periods: this system is to encourage the students to plan their studies according to their own goals. Degrees constructed on an individual basis require that students be able to move smoothly between Faculties.

The academic year is divided into four seven-week teaching periods – each beginning and ending simultaneously throughout the University. There is a week's break between each of the periods. Teaching organised in the summer does not belong to the teaching periods. Examinations and special courses may, however, be arranged outside the teaching periods.

In those Faculties, where the general teaching periods are followed, there is a break in teaching for Easter. No teaching is organized three days before and three days after Easter Sunday.

Teaching periods 2016-2020

The teaching periods listed below apply to all Faculties except the Faculty of Medicine. Please check the exact dates for your Faculty's teaching from the Faculty.

Academic Year 2016-2017

Autumn term

  • Intensive period 29.8.-4.9.
  • I teaching period 5.9.-23.10.
  • Examination and independent study week 24.10.-30.10.
  • II teaching period 31.10.-18.12.
  • Examination and independent study week 19.12.-23.12.

Spring term

  • Intensive period 2.1.-15.1.
  • III teaching period 16.1.-5.3.
  • Examination and independent study week 6.3.-12.3.
  • IV teaching period 13.3.-7.5.
  • Examination and independent study week 8.5.-14.5.
  • Intensive period 8.5.-31.5.

Academic Year 2017-2018

Autumn term

  • Intensive period 28.8.-3.9.
  • I teaching period 4.9.-22.10.
  • Examination and independent study week 23.10.-29.10.
  • II teaching period 30.10.-17.12.
  • Examination and independent study week 18.12.-22.12.

Spring term

  • Intensive period 2.1.-14.1.
  • III teaching period 15.1.-4.3.
  • Examination and independent study week 5.3.-11.3.
  • IV teaching period 12.3.-6.5.
  • Examination and independent study week 7.5.-13.5.
  • Intensive period 7.5.-31.5.

Academic Year 2018-2019

Autumn term

  • Intensive period 27.8.-2.9.
  • I teaching period 3.9.-21.10.
  • Examination and independent study week 22.10.-28.10.
  • II teaching period 29.10.-16.12.
  • Examination and independent study week 17.12.-21.12.

Spring term

  • Intensive period 2.1.-13.1.
  • III teaching period 14.1.-3.3.
  • Examination and independent study week 4.3.-10.3.
  • IV teaching period 11.3.-5.5.
  • Examination and independent study week 6.5.-12.5.
  • Intensive period 6.5.-31.5.

Academic Year 2019-2020

Autumn term

  • Intensive period 26.8.-1.9.
  • I teaching period 2.9.-20.10.
  • Examination and independent study week 21.10.-27.10.
  • II teaching period 28.10.-15.12.
  • Examination and independent study week 16.12.-20.12.

Spring term

  • Intensive period 2.1.-12.1.
  • III teaching period 13.1.-1.3.
  • Examination and independent study week 2.3.-8.3.
  • IV teaching period 9.3.-3.5.
  • Examination and independent study week 4.5.-10.5.
  • Intensive period 4.5.-29.5.

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