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Academic Calendar

The official academic year at Lund University is divided into two semesters (autumn and spring), each lasting 20 weeks.

Semester dates at Lund University:

  • Spring semester 2019: Monday 21 January 2019*–Sunday 9 June 2019
  • Autumn semester 2019: Monday 2 September 2019*–Sunday 19 January 2020
  • Spring semester 2020: Monday 20 January 2020–Sunday 7 June 2020
  • Autumn semester 2020: Monday 31 August 2020–Sunday 17 January 2021 (preliminary dates)
  • Spring semester 2021: Monday 18 January 2021–Sunday 6 June 2021 (preliminary dates)

The exact duration of the semesters may vary slightly from faculty to faculty and also from year to year, depending on which weekday the official dates are that year. It is therefore advisable to check for exact dates directly with the department(s) concerned.

*Programmes with different start dates for 2019/20:

  • The Master's in Public Health spring semester 2019 starts one week after the end of the autumn semester then continues for 20 weeks.
  • All Master's programmes at the School of Economics and Management start the Wednesday prior to the regular autumn semester, for newly admitted students.
  • The Master's in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science starts the Wednesday prior to the regular autumn semester, for newly admitted students.
  • The Master's in Psychology starts the Thursday prior to the regular autumn semester, for newly admitted students.
  • The Master's in Master's in European Affairs, Welfare Policies and Management, Global Studies, Social Studies of Gender and Development Studies all start the Friday prior to the regular autumn semester, for newly admitted students.

Arrival Days for international students

  • Arrival Day for the autumn semester 2019: 20 August, 09:00–20:00
  • Arrival Day for the spring semester 2020: 13 January, time tba

Read more about Arrival Day

Christmas and Easter holidays

There is no official break in the academic calendar for Christmas or Easter, however in practice there is usually a break from classes over the Christmas/New Year's period and over the Easter period, including the public holiday days. The exact dates for such a break are determined by each department so please check with the programme/department to confirm when classes/assignments pause.

Swedish Public Holidays 

Spring 2019

  • New Year's Day (Nyårsdagen): 1 January
  • Epiphany (Trettondagen): 6 January
  • Good Friday (Långfredagen): 19 April
  • Easter Sunday (Påskdagen): 21 April
  • Easter Monday (Annandag påsk): 22 April
  • Walpurgis Night (Valborgsmässoafton): 30 April – note that this is an evening celebration and does not necessarily mean a whole day of holiday, please check with your department.
  • Labour Day (Första maj): 1 May 
  • Ascension Day (Kristi himmelsfärds dag): 30 May
  • Sweden's National Day (Nationaldagen): 6 June
  • Whit Sunday (Pingstdagen): 9 June
  • Midsummer Eve (Midsommarafton): 21 June
  • Midsummer Day (Misommardagen): 22 June

Autumn 2019

  • All Saints' Day (Alla Helgons Dag): 2 November
  • Christmas Eve (Julafton): 24 December
  • Christmas Day (Juldagen): 25 December
  • Boxing Day (Annandagen): 26 December
  • New Year's Eve (Nyårsafton): 31 December
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