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 2020

24-28 August

Orientation for first-year students and start of teaching

15 September

Confirmation of registration for autumn semester courses

20 September

Final publication of autumn semester examination schedule

23-24 September

RMF conference

25 September

Student Union Day, no classes from 11:40

1 October

The track of those who have not confirmed enrollment in fall semester courses is closed

2 October

Continuous assessment day

15 October

Delivery of graduation papers*

30 October

Continuous assessment day

5 November

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

13 November

Continuous assessment day

15 November - 1 December

Open for postgraduate applications 

16 November

Teaching survey and course evaluation 

1 December

Icelandic Independence Day - no classes

30 November -16 December

Autumn semester examination period

18 December

Christmas vacation begins

Spring semester 2021

4-11 January

Make-up and resit examination period for autumn semester

20 January

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

30 January

Final publication of spring semester examination schedule

1 February

The track of those who have not confirmed enrollment in spring semester courses is closed

12 February

Continuous assessment day

15 February

Delivery of graduation papers*

1-25 March

Registration for courses in the school year 2021-2022

1 March

Open for applications


5 March

Continuous assessment day

26 March

Continuous assessment day

1 April

Closing date for applications from students outside the EEA

1 April

Final day to register for graduation

1 April

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

31 March- 6 April

Easter holidays

9 April

Teaching survey and course evaluation

22 April

First Day of Summer, no classes

23 April-7 May

Spring semester examination period

25 May-1 June

Make-up and resit examinations for spring and autumn semesters

5 June

Closing date for registration of incoming first-year students

11 and 12 June

Graduation ceremony

* 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.