Academic calendar

The academic year at the University of Oslo is divided into two semesters: Autumn and Spring.

Semester duration

  • Autumn semester: from the middle of August to the middle of December.
  • Spring semester: from early January to the middle of June.

Formal dates:

  • Spring 2017: 2 January–15 June
  • Autumn 2016: 15 August–21 December
  • Spring 2016: 4 January–17 June
  • Autumn 2015: 10 August–18 December
  • Spring 2015: 5 January–19 June
  • Autumn 2014: 11 August–19 December
  • Spring 2014: 2 January –13 June

The study programmes Medicine, Dentistry, Clinical Nutrition and Psychology have other semester dates.

Autumn semester 2016 for new international students

The Orientation for new international students Autumn 2016 starts Monday 15 August.


  • Summer vacation: from the middle of June to the middle of August.
  • Christmas vacation: from the middle of December to early January.
  • Easter vacation from the Monday after Palm Sunday until the Tuesday after Easter Sunday.

Exact start and end of studies

The exact dates for the start and end of each semester may vary between the different study programmes and courses. The course descriptions will give you detailed information about each course, when it is taught, time and place of the exam(s) etc. The list is updated for the coming semester in late November/middle of May.

Please see list of courses offered in English


Published May 12, 2010 02:15 PM - Last modified May 11, 2016 01:46 PM