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Academic calendar

The academic year officially commences on 1 September and ends on 31 August. On collective closing days the university is closed and no lectures take place. The academic calendar applies to the whole university and to all study programmes (with the exception of medicine).

Academic Calender 2018-2019

Download: Academic Calendar 2018-2019.

The academic year

The academic year comprises 2 semesters, each of 20 weeks (public holidays and compulsory vacation days not included) in which lectures, examinations, completion of assignments etc. take place| 

Semester I 
Block 1: 11 September until 3 November, lectures start on September 11
Block 2: 6 November until 2 February

Semester II 
Blok 1: 5 February until 23 March 
Blok 2: 26 March until 13 July 

In semester I no lectures on: 
Friday 8 september after 13:00 hours
Friday 15 september after 17:00 hours
Tuesday 3 October
Monday 30 until Friday 3 November (exam week) 
Monday 18 until Friday 22 December (exam week) 
Tuesday 2 until Friday 2 February 2018

In semester II no lectures on: 
Monday 19 until Friday 23 March (exam week)
Monday 22 May until Friday 13 July

Examinations

Semester I:
Monday 30 until Friday 3 November  
Monday 18 until Friday 22 December  
Tuesday 2 until Friday 2 February 2018

Semester II:
Monday 19 until Friday 23 March (exam week)
Monday 22 May until Friday 13 July

Public Holidays/compulsory vacation days

  • 8 September 2017: no lectures after 13:00 hrs, because of the inaugurations at the student associations
  • 15 September 2017: no lectures after 17:00 hrs, because of the introduction weekends of the study associations
  • Relief of Leiden: 3 October 2017
  • Christmas and New Year: 25 December 2017 until 1 January 2018
  • Dies natalis: 8 februari 2018, no lectures between 13:00 and 17:00 hrs
  • Good Friday: 30 March 2018
  • Easter: 1 and 2 April 2018
  • Humanities Career Event: Wednesday 18 April , no lectures after 13:00 hrs
  • Kingsday: 28 April 2018
  • Liberation day: 5 May 2018
  • Ascension Day: 10 and 11 May 2018
  • Whitsun: 20 and 21 May 2018

Academic calendar for the upcoming academic year

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