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Academic calendar

The academic year officially commences on 1 September and ends on 31 August. On national holidays and compulsory closure dates, the university is closed and no lectures take place.

Academic calendar

The academic calendar applies to the whole university and to all study programmes, with the exception of medicine.

Public holidays

The university is closed on the following public holidays. 

  • Good Friday
  • Easter Sunday and Monday
  • King's Day (the day upon which King's Day is celebrated nationally)
  • Liberation Day: 5 May
  • Ascension Day
  • Whit Sunday and Monday
  • 3  October (Relief of Leiden)
  • Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Compulsory closures

The university is also closed on the 'compulsory closure' dates listed below.

Year Days
2021 Friday 14 May
Monday 27 December
Tuesday 28 December
Wednesday 29 December
Thursday 30 December
Friday 31 December
2022 Friday 27 May
Tuesday 27 December
Wednesday 28 December
Thursday 29 December
Friday 30 December

Academic Calendar

The LUC The Hague academic year consists of two semesters, each divided into two blocks. A block spans an eight week period: seven weeks of intensive teaching followed by a reading week in which there are typically no contact hours.  The reading week can, for example, be used to hand in essays, take-home exams or prepare for the next block. 

It is important to keep in mind that the LUC The Hague academic year differs slightly from the annual calender of Leiden University.

Structure of the Academic Year

The LUC curriculum is taken over a period of three years, consisting of two semesters of two eight week blocks each. In the first year some courses are of­fered at semester length because of didactical principles allowing you to acquire new skills more gradually.

Each course meets twice per week (two times two hours), exceptions to this rule are some of the Global Challenges courses in the first year which have an additional two hour lecture each week (six hours per week in total), and language courses which also meet three times per week. Classes are scheduled in such a way that overlap is minimal and maximal choices are offered to our students.

Calendar 2020 - 2021

  From Until
Moving Day 14 August 2020  
LUC Introduction Week 17 August 2020 21 August 2020
Semester 1    
Block 1 24 August 2020 16 October 2020
Reading Week 12 October 2020 16 October 2020
Autumn break 19 October 2020 23 October 2020
Block 2  26 October 2020 18 December 2020
Reading Week 14 December 2020 18 December 2020
Winter break 21 December 2020 29 January 2021
Semester 2    
Block 3 01 February 2021 26 March 2021
Reading Week 22 March 2021 26 March 2021
Spring break 29 March 2021 02 April 2021
Block 4 06 April 2021 09 June 2021
Reading Week 07 June 2021 09 June 2021
Start summer break 10 June 2021 20 August 2021
14 August 2020 Moving Day  

15-21 August 2020 

LUC The Hague Introduction Week*

 

24 August 2020

Start Academic Year LUC The Hague

 

31 August 2020

Opening Academic Year Leiden University

 

29 September

Dies Natalis LUC The Hague

 

3 October

Relief of Leiden - The College Building is closed

 

26 November

Cleveringa lecture - No classes between 15:00 - 18:00

 

25 Dec.-1 Jan.

Christmas break  – The College Building is closed

 

18 Dec.-29 Jan.

Winter Break

 

TBC

New Year's Toast

 

1 February

Start of Second Semester

 

TBC

Winter Graduation

 

8 February

Dies Natalis Leiden University – No classes between 13:00-17:00

 

2 April

Good Friday – The College Building is closed

 

5 April

Easter Monday – The College Building is closed

 

27 April

King’s Day – The College Building is closed

 

5 May

Liberation Day

 

13-14  May

Ascension Weekend - College building is closed

 
24 May

Whit Monday – College Building is closed

 

Date TBA

Dies Fatalis

 

9 July

Summer Graduation

 

* Please note that the Introduction Week is mandatory for first year students. 

Calendar 2021- 2022

  From Until
Moving Day 20 August 2021 22 August 2021
LUC Introduction Week 23 August 2021 27 August 2021
Semester 1    
Block 1 30 August 2021 22 October 2021
Reading Week 18 October 2021 22 October 2021
Autumn break 25 October 2021 29 October 2021
Block 2  1 November 2021 24 December 2021
Reading Week 20 December 2021 24 December 2021
Winter break 27 December 2021 4 February 2022
Semester 2    
Block 3 07 February 2022 1 April 2022
Reading Week 28 March 2022 01 April 2022
Spring break 04 April 2022 08 April 2022
Block 4 11 April 2022 14 June 2022
Reading Week 08 June 2022 14 June 2022
Start summer break 17 June 2022 20 August 2022
20-22 August 2021 Moving Days  

23-27 August 2021  

LUC The Hague Introduction Week*

 

30 August 2020

Start Academic Year LUC The Hague

 

06 Aeptember 2021

Opening Academic Year Leiden University

 

29 September

Dies Natalis LUC The Hague

 

3 October

Relief of Leiden is on a Sunday, so its celebrated on Monday - The College Building is closed on October 4

 

26 November

Cleveringa lecture - No classes between 15:00 - 18:00

 

25 Dec.-1 Jan.

Christmas break  – The College Building is closed

 

27 Dec.-4 Feb.

Winter Break

 

7 February

Start of Second Semester

 

8 February

Dies Natalis Leiden University – No classes between 13:00-17:00

 

15 April

Good Friday – The College Building is closed

 

18 April

Easter Monday – The College Building is closed

 

27 April

King’s Day – The College Building is closed

 

5 May

Liberation Day

 

26-27  May

Ascension Weekend - College building is closed

 
6 June

Whit Monday – College Building is closed

 

Date TBA

Dies Fatalis

 

8 July

Summer Graduation

 

* Please note that the Introduction Week is mandatory for first year students. 

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