Public holidays: 25 December 2016 (Christmas Day), 26 December 2016 (Boxing Day), 1 January 2017 (New Years Day), 14 April 2017 (Good Friday), 17 April 2017 (Easter Monday), 25 May 2017 (Ascension Day), 5 June 2017 (Whit Monday), 1 August 2017 (National Day), Depending on the canton of location, each university has additional single holidays.
Beginning of the academic year1 August 2016
Teaching activity and holidays of the academic yearThe academic year consists of an autumn
semester, a spring semester and periods
during which no courses are held.
Teaching activity autumn semester: 19 September – 23 December 2016
Teaching activity spring semester: 20 February – 2 June 2017
Examinations of the academic yearUniversities and universities of teacher
education fix the periods of examinations
autonomously. Usually they take place within
1 to 3 weeks before the end of a semester.
At the universities of applied sciences, the
examinations usually take place at the end of
the teaching period. For that reason, their
teaching activity period usually lasts about
two weeks longer than indicated above.
End of the academic year31 July 2017