Beginning and end of the academic year

Country
Year
Found: 32
CountryBeginning of the academic yearEnd of the academic year
Austria 2014/15 - beginning and end of the academic year
Type of programme: Universities:
1 October 2014

Type  of  programme:  Fachhochschulen  (Universities  of  applied  science):
Institutions  are  autonomous.  Starts  generally between 1 September and 10 October.


Type of programme: Universities
30 September 2015

Type of programme: Fachhochschulen

Institutions are autonomous. The academic year usually ends at the date the new one begins.


Belgium 2014/15 - beginning and end of the academic year
Belgium - Flemish Community

At the earliest 1 September and at the latest 1 October. Occurs generally between 15 September and 1 October.

Belgium - French Community

The legal act of 7 November 2013 fixes annually the beginning and end of each four-month term. The academic year is a one-year period beginning on 15 September 2015. In practice, teaching activities begin around 15 September in most institutions. In order to encourage student and staff mobility within the French Community, the government may lay down further conditions when determining this academic calendar. (Relative) institutional autonomy.

Belgium - German-speaking Community

2 September 2014 The relevant legislation states that the government fixes the date of the beginning of the academic year between 1 September and 15 September.
Belgium - Flemish Community

The day before the start of the new academic year. For most students the academic year ends de facto after the last examination.

Belgium - French Community

Le 13 septembre de l'annee suivante

Belgium - German-speaking Community

The relevant legislation states that the government fixes the end of the academic year on the first Friday in July at the latest.

Croatia 2014/15 - beginning and end of the academic year
1 October 2014 30 September 2015 
Czech Republic 2014/15 - beginning and end of the academic year
Type of programme: ISCED 5A:
Institutions are autonomous. The academic year usually begins during September or early October.

Type of programme: ISCED 5B:
1 September 2014 (the exact date is set by the school head in accordance with the accredited educational programme).
Type of programme: ISCED 5A:
Institutions are autonomous. The academic year ends on the day before the new one begins.

Type of programme: ISCED 5B:
31 August 2015
Denmark 2014/15 - beginning and end of the academic year

The universities are autonomous. The academic year at long-cycle higher education institutions (universities) is normally divided into two semesters and begins typically:

1) Early September (autumn semester)

2) Early February (spring semester)

The academic year runs from 1 September and ends 31 August, but normally with holidays/periods with no teaching between 30 June and 31 August.


Estonia 2014/15 - beginning and end of the academic year

Institutions are autonomous. Occurs generally between the last week in August and the first week in September.

Between the last week in June and the first week in July.
Finland 2014/15 - beginning and end of the academic year
1 August 2014 31 July 2015
France 2014/15 - beginning and end of the academic year

Type of programme: University studies:

Institutional autonomy. Almost everywhere the period is between 15 September and 15 October.

Type of programme: non-university studies:

Institutional autonomy, although all institutions open at the beginning of September or later in the same month.
Type of programme: University studies:

No precise date. Institutional autonomy. In practice, the academic year ends after the final examination, in June or at the beginning of July.

Type of programme: non-university studies:

No precise date. Institutional autonomy. In practice, the academic year ends after the final examination, in June or at the beginning of July.

Germany 2014/15 - beginning and end of the academic year
1 October 2014 30 September 2015
Greece 2014/15 - beginning and end of the academic year
1 September 2014 31 August 2015
Hungary 2014/15 - beginning and end of the academic year
Usually between 1 and 10 September Institutional autonomy.

Ends around late June. The exact date is fixed by the institutions.

Iceland 2014/15 - beginning and end of the academic year
Institutions are autonomous. The beginning of the academic year is generally round midAugust. No precise date. The academic year ends de facto after the last examination.
Ireland 2014/15 - beginning and end of the academic year
1 September 2014. Universities and Institutes of Technology are autonomous bodies. Occurs generally in September or October. Universities and Institutes of Technology are autonomous bodies. For Universities, the academic year generally ends at the date the new one begins. For Institutes of Technology, the academic year generally ends in June.
Italy 2014/15 - beginning and end of the academic year
1 October 2014 30 September 2015
Latvia 2014/15 - beginning and end of the academic year
Occurs generally in the first week of September, but may differ among institutions which are autonomous. The academic year generally ends after the last examination of spring or summer semester.
Liechtenstein 2014/15 - beginning and end of the academic year
1 September 2014 31 August 2015
Lithuania 2014/15 - beginning and end of the academic year
Institutions are autonomous. As a rule the beginning of the academic year is 1 September. Institutions are autonomous. As a rule, the academic year ends on 31 August.
Luxembourg 2014/15 - beginning and end of the academic year
15 September 2014

5 July 2015

Macedonia 2014/15 - beginning and end of the academic year
15 September 2014

15 September 2015

Malta 2014/15 - beginning and end of the academic year
Type of programme: Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology:

1 September 2014

Type of programme: University of Malta:

1 October 2014

Type of programme: Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology:

13 July - 31 August 2015

Type of programme: University of Malta:

30 June 2015


Montenegro 2014/15 - beginning and end of the academic year
8 September 2014 13 July 2015
Netherlands 2014/15 - beginning and end of the academic year
1 September 2014 31 August 2015
Norway 2014/15 - beginning and end of the academic year
Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are autonomous. Generally mid-August HEIs are autonomous. The academic year generally ends at the end of June.
Poland 2014/15 - beginning and end of the academic year
Institutions are autonomous. Usually the beginning of October (e.g. University of Warsaw (UoW): 1 October 2014). Institutions are autonomous.
Portugal 2014/15 - beginning and end of the academic year
Higher education institutions of (universities and polytechnic institutes) are autonomous. Generally the year begins between 15 September and 15 October.Institutions are autonomous. The academic year generally ends on 31 July.
Romania 2014/15 - beginning and end of the academic year
29 September is considered the official start of the academic year. Institutions are autonomous. Generally at the end of September.
Slovakia 2014/15 - beginning and end of the academic year

1 September 2014

31 August 2015
Slovenia 2014/15 - beginning and end of the academic year
1 October 2014 30 September 2015
Spain 2014/15 - beginning and end of the academic year
Type of programme: University tertiary education:

Between the first and the third week of September 2014.

Type of programme: non-university tertiary education:

Between 1 and 3 September 2014
Type of programme: University tertiary education

One day before the beginning of the 2015/16 academic year

Type of programme: non-university tertiary education:

Between the second and third week of June
Sweden 2014/15 - beginning and end of the academic year
Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are autonomous. Generally between end of August - beginning of September Generally ends at the end of May or beginning of June. During June-September, most HEIs offer single subject courses of 7.5-10 ECTS credits.
Turkey 2014/15 - beginning and end of the academic year
Universities are autonomous. The autumn semester begins generally in September or October and the spring semester in February. Universities are autonomous. Generally autumn semester ends in December and the spring semester in May or June. Summer semesters last from the end of June until mid August.
United Kingdom (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) 2014/15 - beginning and end of the academic year
1 August 2014 31 July 2015
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