Public holidays: 5 October 2017, 1 November 2017, 1 December 2017, 8 December 2017, 25 April 2018, 1 May 2018, 31 May 2018, 10 June 2018
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
The 2nd semester has a two to four days
interruption for Carnival (end of February) and a
one week interruption for Easter (mid-April)
Examinations of the academic year
The teaching department, teachers and students
are entirely free to fix examination dates jointly.
Normally there are two examinations periods:
- 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