Academic Year / Semester Dates

The academic year in Germany is split into two semesters - winter and summer. The winter semester starts on the 1st of October and ends on the 31st of March. The summer semester starts on the 1st of April and ends on the 30th of September.

Lecture period and examination period

At Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences, classes run from the 1st of October to around mid February in the winter semester and from the 1st of April to around mid July in the summer semester. In the last weeks of the lecture period and in some cases also in the first weeks following the lecture period, there will be examinations.

After the examination period up to the end of the semester there is the, so-called, lecture-free period (also called semester break) during which no classes are offered. 


The most important holidays where no classes will be held (and shops and banks remain closed) are:

  • Heilige Drei Könige (Epiphany): January 6th
  • Ostern (Easter: Good Friday and Easter Monday): March/April
  • Christi Himmelfahrt (Ascension Day): Beginning of May
  • Pfingstmontag (Whit Monday): End of May
  • Tag der Deutschen Einheit (German Reunification Day): October 3rd
  • Reformationstag (Reformation Day): October 31st

Summer semester 2018

Re-registration for summer semester 201816.01.-02.02.2018
Start of semester01.04.2018
First day of lectures04.04.2018
May Day30.04./01.05.2018
Ascension Day10./11.05.2018
Whit Monday21.05.2018
Last day of lectures20.07.2018
End of semester30.09.2018
Re-registration for winter semester 2018/201917.07.-10.08.2018

Winter semester 2018/19

Re-registration for winter semester 2018/1917.07.-10.08.2018
Start of semester01.10.2018
First day of lectures01.10.2018
German Reunification Day03.10.2018
Reformation Day31.10.2018
Christmas holidays

24.12.2018 - 04.01.2019

Last day of lectures15.02.2019
End of semester31.03.2019
Re-registration for summer semester 2019will be announced separately

Summer semester 2019

Re-registration for summer semester 2019will be announced separately
Start of semester01.04.2019
First day of lectures01.04.2019
May Day01.05.2019
Ascension Day30./31.05.2019
Whit Monday10.06.2019
Last day of lectures19.07.2019
End of semester30.09.2019
Re-registration for winter semester 2019/2020will be announced separately

Contact person

Study Advisor
Jana Schieweck

Tel.: + 49 (0) 391 886 41 06
Fax: + 49 (0) 391 886 46 18

Visitor's address: House 2, Room 0.07.2, Breitscheidstraße 2, 39114 Magdeburg

Information for International Degree Students

International Office

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