Academic Calendar

Winter Semester 2016/17

 Semester Dates 
Duration of semester01.10.2016 - 31.03.2017
Orientation weeks (incl. German Intensive Course)26.09.2016 – 14.10.2016
Course/Lecture period17.10.2016 - 03.02.2017
Exam periodsee below
Course free days: 
Public holiday: "Tag der Deutschen Einheit"(Reunification Day)03.10.2016
Christmas break24.12.2016 – 06.01.2017

Summer Semester 2017

 Semester Dates 
Duration of semester01.04.2017 - 30.09.2017
Orientation weeks (incl. German Intensive Course)13.03.2017 – 31.03.2017
Course/Lecture period03.04.2017 – 07.07.2017
Exam periodsee below
Course free days: 
Good Friday/Easter break14.04. und 16./17.04.2017
Public holiday: "Tag der Arbeit" (Labour Day)01.05.2017
"Christi Himmelfahrt" (Ascension Day)25.05.2017
"Pfingsten" (Pentecost)04./05.06.2017

Orientation weeks and exam period

Orientation weeks

During the three orientation weeks the International Office offers a variety of information events and lots of opportunities to get to know the University of Bremen, the campus and the city. Students also have the possibility to participate in an optional German intensive language course. No registration is needed for the orientation weeks. However, the intensive German language course, organized by the Goethe Institute, requires registration.

Exam period

Usually lecturers will communicate the type and date of exams during the first few weeks of lectures. Most exams will take place up to three weeks after the end of the lecture period. Term papers can often be handed in electronically. For further information in order to plan their exact departure date, students can contact their Departmental Erasmus Coordinator [PDF] (120 KB) or International Cooperation Coordinator.