Academic Year and Registration

The official academic year begins on 1 August and ends on 31 July annually.

Study Periods

The academic year at the University of Vaasa is divided into autumn and spring semester and the semesters are further divided into periods. Teaching takes place during the periods. In the last week of each period, teaching is given in the mornings and afternoons, and examinations are arranged in the afternoons. Some exams may also be arranged on weekends and, in some cases, during the periods.

Academic Year 2017-2018

Autumn Semester 2017

Tuition and exams during the autumn semester: 4 September - 22 December 2017
Arrival days*: 24-25 August 2017
Orientation days: 28 August - 1 September 2017

Teaching Periods:

  • I Period 4 September - 22 October (Weeks 36-42)
  • II Period 23 October - 22 December (Weeks 43-51)

Exams during the autumn semester:

  • Week 36 (Fri-Sat at 12-15)
  • Weeks 37-39 (Sat at 12-15)
  • Weeks 40-41 (Fri-Sat at 12-15)
  • Week 42 (Wed-Thu at 14-17 and Fri-Sat at 12-15)
  • Weeks 43-49 (Fri-Sat at 12-15)
  • week 50 (Wed-Thu at 14-17 and Fri at 12-15)
  • Week 51 (Mon-Thu at 14-17 and Fri at 12-15)

Exams take place on Mon—Thu at 14.00—17.00 and Fri—Sat at 12.00—15.00.

*Students are advised to arrive in Vaasa during the official arrival days. Pick-up service is available only during the official arrival days.

Spring Semester 2018

Tuition and exams during the spring semester: 8 January 2018 - 27 May 2018
Arrival day*: 2 January 2018
Orientation days: 3-5 January 2018

Teaching Periods:

  • III Period 8 January - 11 March (Weeks 2-10)
  • IV Period 12 March - 27 May (Weeks 11-21)
Easter holiday 29 March - 2 April 2018.
Exams during the spring semester:
  • Week 2 (Thu at 14-17 and Fri-Sat at 12-15)
  • Week 3 (Fri-Sat at 12-15)
  • Week 4 (Sat at 12-15)
  • Weeks 5-9 (Fri-Sat at 12-15)
  • Week 10 (Mon-Thu at 14-17 and Fri-Sat at 12-15)
  • Weeks 11-12 (Fri-Sat at 12-15)
  • Week 14 (Fri-Sat at 12-15, possibly also Tue-Thu at 14-17)
  • Weeks 15-19 (Fri-Sat at 12-15)
  • Week 20 (Wed-Thu at 14-17 and Fri-Sat at 12-15)
  • Week 21 (Mon-Wed at 14-17 and Fri-Sat at 12-15)
Summer exams 2018: Sat 9 June and Sat 7 July at 12-15.
*Students are advised to arrive in Vaasa during the official arrival days. Pick-up service is available only during the official arrival days.

Public Holidays

The University is closed on public holidays. Public holidays in Finland during the academic year 2017-2018 are as follow:

  • All Saints'Day: 4 November 2017
  • Independence Day: 6 December 2017
  • Christmas: 24-26 December 2017
  • New Year's Day: 1 January 2018
  • Epiphany: 6 January 2018
  • Good Friday: 30 March 2018
  • Easter Day: 1 April 2018
  • Easter Monday: 2 April 2018
  • May Day: 1 May 2018
  • Ascension Day: 10 May 2018
  • Midsummer Day: 23 June 2018