The Academic Year

Each academic year consists of two semesters, a winter semester and a summer semester.

The lecture period, i.e. the time in which seminars and lectures etc. are held, is rather shorter: in the winter semester, the lecture period usually begins and mid-October and ends in mid-February.
There is a Christmas break of about two weeks at the end of December and the beginning of January.

The lecture period in the summer semester usually begins in mid-April and ends in mid-July. In the week after Whitsun, thereis an excursion week in which there are no lectures.

For exchange students staying in Hildesheim for two semesters (winter semester and summer semester), this means that they have no lectures between mid-February and mid-April.

WINTER SEMESTER 1 October – 31 March
Lecture period in winter semester approx. from 3rd week in October to 2nd week in February
Introductory week The introductory week for new exchange students precedes the beginning of the lecture period.
SUMMER SEMESTER 1 April – 30 September
Lecture period in summer semester approx. from 3rd week in April to 2nd week in July
Introductory week The introductory week for new exchange students precedes the beginning of the lecture period.