Academic Year and Registration

The academic year at the University of Vaasa is divided into autumn semester (September-December) and spring semester (January-May) and both semesters are further divided into two study periods. Some of the courses might take place only during one period and therefore start in the middle of the semester. Students are required to register to each course separately.

In the last week of each study period, teaching is usually given in the mornings and afternoons, and examinations are arranged in the afternoons. Some exams may take place on weekends and, in some cases, even during the study periods. Students are required to register for the exams minimum five days in advance. More information about examinations can be found here and the possible exam dates here (Spring 2020). Keep in mind that some of the exams can also be electronic exams with flexible examination days.

Students are advised to arrive in Vaasa during the official arrival days as the pick-up service is available only during those days.


Academic Year 2020-2021


Autumn Semester 2020

Official arrival dates: 24 – 25 August 2020
Orientation days (compulsory): 26 – 28 August 2020
Last possible day for an exam: 18 December 2020

Public holidays during Autumn semester:

  • All Saints'Day: 31 October 2020
  • Independence Day: 6 December 2020
  • Christmas: 24-26 December 2020


Spring Semester 2021

Official arrival day: 4 January 2021
Orientation days (compulsory): 5 & 7 January 2021
Last possible day for an exam: 28 May 2021

Public holidays during spring semester:

  • New Year's Day: 1 January 2021
  • Epiphany: 6 January 2021
  • Easter: 2-5 April 2021
  • Labour Day: 1 May 2021
  • Ascension Day: 13 May 2021
  • Midsummer Day: 26 June 2021

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