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Academic Calendar

Winter semester 2018/2019

Duration of semester01.10.2018 - 31.03.2019

Orientation weeks (incl. German Intensive Course)

24.09.2018 – 12.10.2018

Course/Lecture period

15.10.2018 - 01.02.2019

Exam period

see below

Course free days:


Public holiday: "Tag der Deutschen Einheit"(Reunification Day)


Christmas break

24.12.2018 – 04.01.2019

Summer semester 2019

Duration of semester01.04.2019 - 30.09.2019

Orientation weeks (incl. German Intensive Course)

11.03.2019 – 29.03.2019

Course/Lecture period

01.04.2019 – 12.07.2019

Exam period

see below

Course free days:


Good Friday/Easter break

19.04.2019 und 21./22.04.2019

Public holiday: "Tag der Arbeit" (Labour Day)


"Christi Himmelfahrt" (Ascension Day)


"Pfingsten" (Pentecost)


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 up to 6 weeks after the lecture period. For further information in order to plan their exact departure date, students can contact their Departmental Erasmus Coordinator or International Cooperation Coordinator.