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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
2022 Friday 27 May
Tuesday 27 December
Wednesday 28 December
Thursday 29 December
Friday 30 December
2023 Friday 19 May
Wednesday 27 December
Thursday 28 December
Friday 29 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 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 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 08 June 2022
Reading Week 02 June 2022 08 June 2022
Summer break 09 June 2022 20 August 2022
20-22 August Moving Days

23-27 August

LUC The Hague Introduction Week*

30 August

Start Academic Year LUC The Hague

6 September

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 May Dies Fatalis

26-27  May

Ascension Weekend - College building is closed

6 June

Whit Monday – College Building is closed

6 July Summer Graduation

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

Calendar 2022-2023

  From Until
Moving Day 20 August 2022 21 August 2022
LUC Introduction Week 22 August 2022 26 August 2022
Semester 1    
Block 1 29 August 2022 21 October 2022
Reading Week 17 October 2022 21 October 2022
Autumn break 24 October 2022 28 October 2022
Block 2  31 October 2022 23 December 2022
Reading Week 19 December 2022 23 December 2022
Winter break 26 December 2022 3 February 2023
Semester 2    
Block 3 6 February 2023 31 March 2023
Reading Week 27 March 2023 31 March 2023
Spring break 4 April 2023 7 April 2023
Block 4 10 April 2023 7 June 2023
Reading Week 3 June 2023 7 June 2023
Summer break 8 June 2023  
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