Academic Calendar

Students in lecture room

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

Semester dates at Lund University:

  • Autumn semester 2014: Monday 1 September - Sunday 18 January
  • Spring semester 2015: Monday 19 January - Sunday 7 June
  • Autumn semester 2015 (preliminary): 31 August 2015 - 15 January 2016
  • Spring semester 2016 (preliminary): 18 January - 3 June 2016

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.

"Arrival Days" for international students

  • Arrival Day, spring semester 2015: 12 January
  • TBC for autumn semester 2015

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.

Public holidays throughout the year


  • New Year's Day (Nyårsdagen): 1 January
  • Epiphany (Trettondagen): 6 January 
  • Good Friday (Långfredagen): 18 April
  • Easter Sunday (Påskdagen): 20 April
  • Easter Monday (Annandag påsk): 21 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
  • May Day (Första maj): 1 May
  • Ascension Day: 29 May
  • Swedish National Day: 6 June
  • Midsummer Eve (Midsommarafton): 20 June 
  • Midsummer Day (Midsommardagen): 21 June
  • All Saints' Day public holiday (Alla Helgons Dag): 1 November
  • Christmas Eve (Julafton): 24 December
  • Christmas Day (Juldagen): 25 December
  • Boxing Day (Annandagen): 26 December
  • New Year's Eve (Nyårsafton): 31 December