The academic year has two semesters. The autumn semester generally runs from late August/early september to December, and the spring semester from January to late April/May. There is no summer semester, but usually students can take examinations and study for their degrees in the summer months if the courses are arranged.

    Universities of Applied Sciences in Finland apply to the European Credit Transfer System ECTS. According to the system a student´s annual workload is 1600 hours. The workload is arranged evenly between not only different study years in the curriculum but also during the individual study year so that workload will not be excessive. For a student the academic year is based on 40 working weeks. Thus the average workload is 40 hours per week. It includes all work a student needs for learning – contact studies, independent studying, practical training, project works and preparation for study performances.

    Two Semesters

    The academic year has two semesters. The autumn semester generally runs from late August/early September to December, and the spring semester from January to April/May. There is no summer semester, but some summer courses may be arranged.

    Exchangel students’ semester begins with the Orientation Days which are arranged at the beginning of each school year. Orientation is also arranged for new international degree students at the beginning of the academic year.

    More information also:  Schedule for academic year

    Universities of Applied Sciences in Finland apply to the European Credit Transfer System ECTS. According to the system a student´s annual workload is 1600 hours. The workload is arranged evenly between not only different study years in the curriculum but also during the individual study year so that workload will not be excessive. For the student the academic year consists of 40 working weeks. Thus the average workload is 40 hours per week. It includes all the work needed for learning – contact studies, independent studying, practical training, project works and preparation for study performances.

    Public holidays

    New Year's Day 01 January All Saints' Day 03 November 2018
    Epiphany 06 January Independence Day 06 December
    Good Friday 30 March 2018 Christmas Day 25 December
    Easter Day 01 April 2018 Boxing Day 26 December
    Easter Monday 02 April 2018
    May Day 01 May
    Ascension Day 10 May 2017


    During national holidays all banks and shops are closed, apart from some kiosks. Public transport also follows specific timetables during national holidays.