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Academic calendar

In Sweden, the higher education academic year runs from the end of August/beginning of September until the beginning of June.
It is organized in two semesters, which are then further divided into two (or four) periods each.


Academic year 2017/18

Autumn semester 2017:
August 28, 2017 - January 14, 2018

Spring semester 2018:
January 15, 2018 - June 3, 2018


Academic year 2018/19

Autumn semester 2018:
September 3rd - January 20th

Spring semester 2019:
January 21st - June 9th

The Autumn term Welcome Programme starts about one week before the start of classes. The Spring term Welcome Programme usually starts on the same day as the start of the term.

The exact start and end dates for each class can vary. To be sure of the exact dates of your course, see the class timetable (available closer to the start of the class).

Information about courses offered at the Faculty of Social Sciences is found under the links "First Cycle Courses" (undergraduate-level) and, only if applicable, "Second Cycle Courses" (graduate-level) to the left. The lists of courses offered are usually updated in late March/early April for the following academic year.

Important dates - 2017/18

May 1: Last date for nominations

April 1- May 15: Online application and housing application

May 16 - May 31: Course application period, autumn term

August 20-26: Welcome Week arranged by Welcome Services, including:

  • August 19, August 22: Pick-up days
  • August 23-24: University-wide Welcome and Information


August 25 (Friday): Faculty of Social Sciences Introduction and Welcome (mandatory)

August 28: Classes begin

January 14: Last day of the autumn term


Spring term:

November 1: Last day for spring nominations

September 1 - November 15: Application period

Oktober 1-November 15: Application period for the online student housing applications

November 16 - November 30: Course application period, spring term

Dates and times for the University of Gothenburg's central Welcome and Introduction programme will be found under "Welcome Programme" at gu.se/newstudent

January 15: Classes begin (typically, this is also the date for the incoming student welcome)

June 3: Term ends

Page Manager: Lars-Olof Karlsson|Last update: 9/1/2017

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