Academic calendar

The academic year is based on a two-semester system. The official academic year starts on 1 August and ends on 31 July. However, in the autumn semester lectures are scheduled mainly between September and mid-December, and in the spring semester between early January and May. The Christmas break is about three weeks and during the spring semester, there is a week-long Easter break. There is generally no teaching during the summer and on public holidays.

Academic year 2018-2019

  • Autumn semester: 3 September 2018 - 18 December 2018
  • Spring semester: 7 January 2019 - 24 May 2019
  • Orientation for International Students: 3-5 September 2018 (autumn semester), 7-9 January 2019 (spring semester)
  • Christmas break: 19 December 2018 - 4 January 2019
  • Easter break: 18 - 24 April 2019
  • Sports Day starting at 12.15 pm: 3 October 2018 and 12 February 2019

Some academic departments divide the academic year into four teaching periods. In the academic year 2017-18 the teaching periods are as follows:
Period 1: 3 Sept-26 Oct 2018, Period 2: 29 Oct-18 Dec 2018, Period 3: 7 Jan 2019-15 March 2019 and Period 4: 18 March-24 May 2019

Public holidays 2018-2019

  • 3 November: All Saint's Day (Pyhäinpäivä)
  • 6 December: Independence Day (Itsenäisyyspäivä)
  • 24 December: Christmas Eve (Jouluaatto)
  • 25 December: Christmas Day (Joulupäivä)
  • 26 December: Boxing Day (Tapaninpäivä)
  • 1 January: New Year's Day (Uudenvuodenpäivä)
  • 6 January: Epiphany (Loppiainen)
  • 19 April: Good Friday (Pitkäperjantai)
  • 21-22 April: Easter (Pääsiäinen)
  • 1 May: May Day (Vappu)
  • 5 May: Ascension Day (Helatorstai)
  • 15 May: Whit Sunday (Helluntai)
  • 21-22 June: Midsummer (Juhannus)

Academic year 2017-2018

  • Autumn semester: 1 September 2017 - 18 December 2017
  • Spring semester: 8 January 2018 - 25 May 2018
  • Orientation for International Students: 4-6 September 2017 (autumn semester), 8-10 January 2018 (spring semester)
  • Christmas break: 19 December 2017 - 7 January 2018
  • Easter break: 29 March - 4 April 2018
  • Registration for the autumn semester or the whole academic year (degree students already enrolled at UEF): 2 May - 15 September 2017
  • Registration for the autumn semester or the whole academic year (new degree students): to be confirmed
  • Opening ceremony of the Academic Year: 6 September 2017 (Joensuu campus),  12 September 2016 (Savonlinna campus)
  • Sports Day starting at 12.15 pm: 4 October 2017 and 13 February 2018

Some academic departments divide the academic year into four teaching periods. In the academic year 2017-18 the teaching periods are as follows:
Period 1: 1 Sept-21 Oct 2017, Period 2: 24 Oct-16 Dec 2017, Period 3: 8 Jan 2018-16 March 2018 and Period 4: 19 March-25 May 2018

Public holidays 2017-2018

  • 4 November: All Saint's Day (Pyhäinpäivä)
  • 6 December: Independence Day (Itsenäisyyspäivä)
  • 24 December: Christmas Eve (Jouluaatto)
  • 25 December: Christmas Day (Joulupäivä)
  • 26 December: Boxing Day (Tapaninpäivä)
  • 1 January: New Year's Day (Uudenvuodenpäivä)
  • 6 January: Epiphany (Loppiainen)
  • 30 March: Good Friday (Pitkäperjantai)
  • 1-2 April: Easter (Pääsiäinen)
  • 1 May: May Day (Vappu)
  • 5 May: Ascension Day (Helatorstai)
  • 15 May: Whit Sunday (Helluntai)
  • 23-24 June: Midsummer (Juhannus)