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Academic Year / Semester Dates

The academic year in Germany is split into two semesters - winter and summer. The winter semester starts on the 1st of October and ends on the 31st of March. The summer semester starts on the 1st of April and ends on the 30th of September.

Lecture period and examination period

At Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences, classes run from the 1st of October to around mid February in the winter semester and from the 1st of April to around mid July in the summer semester. In the last weeks of the lecture period and in some cases also in the first weeks following the lecture period, there will be examinations.

After the examination period up to the end of the semester there is the, so-called, lecture-free period (also called semester break) during which no classes are offered. 


The most important holidays where no classes will be held (and shops and banks remain closed) are:

  • Heilige Drei Könige (Epiphany): January 6th
  • Ostern (Easter: Good Friday and Easter Monday): March/April
  • Christi Himmelfahrt (Ascension Day): Beginning of May
  • Pfingstmontag (Whit Monday): End of May
  • Tag der Deutschen Einheit (German Reunification Day): October 3rd
  • Reformationstag (Reformation Day): October 31st

Summer semester 2016

Re-registration for summer semester 2016will be announced separately
Start of semester01.04.2016
First day of lectures04.04.2016
Ascension Day05.05. - 06.05.2016
Whit Monday16.05.2016
Last day of lectures22.07.2016
End of semester30.09.2016
Re-registration for winter semester 2016/2017will be announced separately

Winter semester 2016/17

Re-registration for winter semester 2016/17will be announced separately
Start of semester01.10.2016
First day of lectures04.10.2016
Reformation Day31.10.2016
Christmas holidays

23.12.2016 - 06.01.2017

Last day of lectures17.02.2017
End of semester31.03.2017
Re-registration for summer semester 2017will be announced separately

Summer semester 2017

Re-registration for summer semester 2017will be announced separately
Start of semester01.04.2017
First day of lectures03.04.2017
Easter14.04. - 18.04.2017
May Day01.05.2017
Ascension Day25.05. - 26.05.2017
Whit Monday05.06.2017
Last day of lectures21.07.2017
End of semester30.09.2017
Re-registration for winter semester 2017/2018will be announced separately

Contact person

Study Advisor
Dr. Monika Lehmann

Tel.: + 49 (0) 391 886 41 06
Fax: + 49 (0) 391 886 46 18

Visitor's address: House 2, Room 0.07, Breitscheidstraße 2, 39114 Magdeburg

Information for International Degree Students

International Office

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