Academic Year at the University of Lapland

  • The academic year at the University of Lapland is comprised of two semesters. The autumn semester is from August 1 to December 31, and the spring semester is from January 1 to July 31. The annual opening ceremony is always held on the first Monday in September.
  • Teaching during the academic year is divided in five teaching periods.
  • Please note that teaching periods are not the same as the University Academic Year.
  • Exchange students should see the Exchange Study Dates below.
  • Please see the dates below. Apart from specific / pre-arranged "Summer School" studies, there is no teaching offered at the university during the summer (i.e. from June 1st to September 1st).

Annual Teaching Periods 2016-2017
Period 1: 22.8. - 22.10.2015 (9 weeks)
Period 2 : 24.10. - 17.12.2015 (7,5 weeks)
Christmas Break  18.12.2016 - 8.1.2017
Period 3: 9.1. - 4.3.2016 (8 weeks)
Spring Break  5.3. - 12.3.2017
Period 4: 13.3. - 31.5.2016 (11,5 weeks)
Period 5: Summer Schools / possibility for monthly examinations / holiday

University calendar 2016-2017 - Semester dates
June 10
Deadline for accepting study place / new international degree students
July 28 Deadline for registration / new international degree students
July 28
Deadline for confirming autumn semester or full year study place for exchange students (via SoleMove)
August 23 - 26
Orientation programme for international students
September 5
Opening Ceremonies of the University
December 2
Deadline for confirming spring semester study place
December 16 Courses end (Autumn semester)
January 5 – 8
Recommended arrival date for new students (Spring Semester)
January 9 – 13
Orientation programme for new students (Spring Semester)
January 11
Courses begin
May 31
Courses end (Spring semester)


Exchange Study Dates and Recommended Arrival Date

It is highly recommended that students arrive at the beginning of each semester in order to participate in the orientation programme.

Exchange Study Dates

Autumn semester
 August 23rd - December 16th, 2016
Spring semester

January 9th - May 31st, 2017

Recommended Arrival Dates

Autumn semester
 August 19th - August 22st, 2016
Spring semester

January 4th - January  6th, 2017

If you are arriving earlier, you have to arrange the accommodation by yourself. There are several hotels, hostels and b&b accommodation places available. Please see more on www.visitrovaniemi.fi.


Finland´s Public Holidays 2016-2017

All Saints (Pyhäinpäivä)


Independence Day (Itsenäisyyspäivä)


Christmas Eve (Jouluaatto)
Christmas Day (Joulu)
Boxing Day (Tapaninpäivä)


New Year´s Day (Uudenvuodenpäivä)


Epiphany (Loppiainen)


Good Friday (Pitkäperjantai)


Easter Day (Pääsiäispäivä) 16.4.2017
Easter Monday (2. pääsiäispäivä)
May Day (Vappu) 1.5.2017
Ascension Day (Helatorstai)
Whit Sunday (Helluntaipäivä)
Midsummer Eve (Juhannusaatto)
Midsummer Day (Juhannuspäivä) 25.6.2017