Academic year in Europe

Country
Year

Switzerland 2017/18 - academic year

Country: Switzerland
Year: 2017-2018
Public holidays: 25 December 2017 (Christmas Day), 26 December 2017 (Boxing Day), 1 January 2018 (New Years Day), 30 March 2018 (Good Friday), 2 April 2018 (Easter Monday), 10 May 2018 (Ascension Day), 21 May 2018 (Whit Monday), 1 August 2018 (National Day), Depending on the canton of location, each university has additional single holidays.

Beginning of the academic year

Type of programme: Universities, universities of applied sciences, universities of teacher education (ISCED 6 and 7):
1 August 2017

Type of programme: Colleges of professional education and training (ISCED 6):
Institutions are autonomous. Usually the academic year starts between August and October.

Teaching activity and holidays of the academic year

Type of programme: Universities, universities of applied sciences, universities of teacher education (ISCED 6 and 7):
The academic year consists of an autumn semester, a spring semester and periods during which no courses are held.

Teaching activity autumn semester: 18 September - 22 December 2017
Teaching activity spring semester: 19 February - 1 June 2018

Type of programme: Colleges of professional education and training (ISCED 6):
The institutions fix all periods of teaching activity and holidays. Usually teaching activities consist of two semesters starting between August and October and between January and April. The institutions autonomously fix the holidays.

Examinations of the academic year

Type of programme: Universities, universities of applied sciences, universities of teacher education (ISCED 6 and 7):
Universities 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.

Type of programme: Colleges of professional education and training (ISCED 6):
Institutions are free to fix examination dates.

End of the academic year

Type of programme: Universities, universities of applied sciences, universities of teacher education (ISCED 6 and 7):
31 July 2018

Type of programme: Colleges of professional education and training (ISCED 6):
Institutions  are  autonomous.  The  academic  year usually  ends  at  the  beginning  of  summer holidays. 

last modification: 2017-09-27 08:27:00

Source: Eurydice 

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