Public holidays: 5 October 2016, 1 November 2016, 1 December 2016, 8 December 2016, 25 April 2017, 1 May 2017, 10 June 2016, 15 June 2017 (plus holidays at municipal level)
Beginning of the academic yearHigher education institutions (universities and
polytechnic institutes) are autonomous.
Generally the year begins between
15 September and 15 October.
Teaching activity and holidays of the academic yearInstitutions are autonomous and fix all
periods of teaching activity and holidays.
Typically, 1st semester goes from the second
or third week of September to the second or
third week of December; 2nd semester starts
in the second week of February and ends in
the end of May.
The 2nd semester has a two to four days
interruption for Carnival (end of February)
and a one week interruption for Easter (mid-
Examinations of the academic year
The teaching department, teachers and
students are entirely free to fix examination
dates jointly. Normally there are two
- 1st: between the end of December and
the first week of February;
- 2nd: between the beginning of June and
the end of July.
End of the academic yearInstitutions are autonomous. The academic
year generally ends on 31 July.