Academic calendar

The academic year starts on August 15th and ends on the same day the following year, and is divided into two semesters, an autumn and spring semester.
The autumn semester normally begins at the end of August and the spring semester at the beginning of January. Course starts may vary between different study programmes.

Course schedules are usually available one month before the start of each semester. You can see your course schedule and when courses start in Ugla.

Vacation periods

  • Christmas vacation begins on December 20th and ends on January 2nd, both days included
  • Easter vacation starts on the Wednesday before Easter and ends on the Tuesday in the week after Easter, both days included
  • No classes are scheduled on the “First Day of Summer”, May 1st and December 1st

Autumn semester 2019

26-30 August

Orientation for first-year students and start of teaching

20 September

Final publication of autumn semester examination schedule

5-15 September

Confirmation of registration for autumn semester courses

20 September

Student Union Day, no classes from 11:40

15 October

Delivery of graduation papers*

5 November

Final day for registering in/withdrawing from autumn semester courses/examinations

1 December

Icelandic Independence Day - no classes

2-16 December

Autumn semester examination period

20 December

Christmas vacation begins

Spring semester 2020

3-9 January

Make-up and resit examination period for autumn semester

10-20 January

Confirmation of registration for spring semester courses and notification of graduation in June

30 January

Final publication of spring semester examination schedule

15 February

Delivery of graduation papers*

15-25 March

Registration for courses in the school year 2020-2021

20 March

Final day for registering for graduation in June 2020

1 April

Closing date for applications from students outside the EEA

1 April

Final day for registering in/withdrawing from autumn semester courses / examinations

8 April-14 April

Easter holidays

23 April

First Day of Summer, no classes

26 April-11 May

Spring semester examination period

26 May-3 June

Make-up and resit examinations for spring and autumn semesters

5 June

Closing date for registration of incoming first-year students

12 and 13 June

Graduation ceremony

10 July

Closing date for payment of registration fee for all students

* Students who do not complete their studies in time for the official graduation in June can receive their graduation papers on the 15th of October or the 15th of February. In order for this to occur, a request for graduation must have been received before the 1st day of those specific months, given that all graduation documents are in place.