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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:

  • Autumn 2019: 12 August–20 December
  • Spring 2019: 2 January–14 June
  • Autumn 2018: 13 August–21 December
  • Spring 2018: 2 January–15 June
  • Autumn 2017: 14 August–22 December
  • 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 2018

The start of the autumn semester for new international students will be Monday 13 August.

Spring 2019

Orientation and semester start for new international students will be Monday 7 January 2019.


  • 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 2:15 PM - Last modified Sep. 21, 2018 12:49 PM