Academic Calendar

The Academic Calendar includes dates for the lecture periods, exam weeks, non-teaching days and the registration deadlines for courses. Dates for the different rotation periods and other general dates are also found below.


Semester structure

The academic year is divided into two full semesters: Fall and Spring.  Each full semester is 12 weeks long, and courses that run throughout the full semester typically carry 6 ECTS credits. The Fall semester runs from early October to end of January, while the Spring semester runs from early March to end of June.

Fall and Spring semesters are further subdivided into 1st and 2nd half semesters, each of which is 6 weeks long. Courses that are half-semester-long typically carry 3 ECTS credits.


Academic Calendar

Academic Calendars from past years can also be found below.

2019/20

You can see the Academic Calendar for the academic year 2019/20 below. You can also download it in a calendar view.

Fall 2019
Lecture period
Exam week
Non-teaching days
Registration deadline

 Pre-semester

Sep 17 – Oct 4, 2019

 1st half semester

 (Fall 1)

Oct 7 – Nov 15, 2019

  • Mon + Wed: 6 + 6 = 12 slots in total
  • Tue + Thu: 6 + 6 = 12 slots in total
Nov 18 – Nov 22, 2019 Nov 1, 2019 Sep 30, 2019

 2nd half semester

 (Fall 2)

Nov 25 – Dec 20, 2019 & Jan 7 – Jan 17, 2020

  • Mon + Wed: 5 + 6 = 11 slots in total (+ 1 in exam week)
  • Tue + Thu: 6 + 6 = 12 slots in total
Jan 20 – Jan 24, 2020 Dec 23, 2019 – Jan 6, 2020 Nov 18, 2019

 Full semester

 (Fall 1 + 2)

Oct 7 – Dec 20, 2019 & Jan 7 – Jan 17, 2020

  • Mon + Wed: 12 + 13 = 25 slots in total (+1 in exam week)
  • Tue + Thu: 13 + 13 = 26 slots in total
Jan 20 – Jan 24, 2020 Nov 1, 2019
Dec 23, 2019 – Jan 6, 2020
Sep 30, 2019
Spring 2020
Lecture period
Exam week
Non-teaching days
Registration deadline

 Pre-semester

 (semester break)

Jan 27 – Feb 21, 2020

 1st half semester

 (Spring 1)

Feb 24 – Apr 3, 2020

  • Mon + Wed: 6 + 6 = 12 slots in total
  • Tue + Thu: 6 + 6 = 12 slots in total
Apr 20 – Apr 24, 2020 Apr 6 – Apr 17, 2020 Feb 17, 2020

 2nd half semester

 (Spring 2)

Apr 27 – Jun 12, 2020

  • Mon + Wed: 6 + 7 = 13 slots in total
  • Tue + Thu: 7 + 5 = 12 slots in total
Jun 15 – Jun 17, 2020 May 1, 2020
May 21, 2020
Jun 1, 2020
Jun 11, 2020
Apr 20, 2020

 Full semester

 (Spring 1 + 2)

Feb 24 – Apr 3, 2020 & Apr 20 – Jun 12, 2020

  • Mon + Wed: 13 + 14 = 27 slots in total
  • Tue + Thu: 14 + 12 = 26 slots in total
Jun 15 – Jun 19, 2020 Apr 6 – Apr 17, 2020
May 1, 2020
May 21, 2020
Jun 1, 2020
Jun 11, 2020
Feb 17, 2020
Non-teaching periods

Christmas break

Dec 23, 2019 – Jan 6, 2020

 Semester break

Jan 27 – Feb 21, 2020

 Easter break

Apr 6 – Apr 17, 2020
Rotations (200 h each)

 Rotation 1

Oct 14 – Dec 13, 2019

 Rotation 2

Dec 16, 2019 – Feb 21, 2020

 Rotation 3

Mar 2 – Apr 24, 2020

 Rotation 4

Apr 27 – Jun 26, 2020
General dates

 September

16 Start of PhD program; Orientation Day

 October

15 Progress Reviews (Fall) due

 November

22 Student Open Day 

 December

15 Deadline to apply for changing route

 January

8
12
30, 31
Application deadline for 2020 PhD student call
Deadline for referees for 2020 PhD student call
Pre-selection meetings for 2020 PhD student call

 March

19, 20
25/26
Student Interview Days for 2020 PhD student call 
Final selection meeting for 2020 PhD student call

 April

15
tbd
Progress reviews (Spring) due
General Grad School meeting + Progress Review meeting

 May

1 Affiliation window (short/long route) opens 

 June

30  Affiliation window (short/long route) closes 
Public holidays

 October

26 Austrian National Holiday

 November

1 All Saints’ Day 

 December

8
25
26
Immaculate Conception
Christmas Day
St. Stephen’s

 January

1
6
New Year’s Day
Epiphany

 April

12
13
Easter Sunday
Easter Monday

 May

1
21
Labor Day
Ascension Day

 June

1
11
Whit Monday
Corpus Christi 
2018/19

You can see the Academic Calendar for the academic year 2018/19 below. You can also download it in a calendar view.

Fall 2018
Lecture period
Exam week
Non-teaching days
Registration deadline

Pre-semester

Sep 18 – Oct 5, 2018

 1st half semester

 (Fall 1)

Oct 8 – Nov 16, 2018

  • Mon + Wed: 6 + 6 = 12 slots in total
  • Tue + Thu: 6 + 5 (+1) = 12 slots in total (incl. one teaching slot in exam week)
Nov 19 – Nov 23, 2018 Oct 26, 2018
Nov 1, 2018
Oct 1, 2018

 2nd half semester

 (Fall 2)

Nov 26 – Dec 21, 2018 & Jan 7 – Jan 18, 2019

  • Mon + Wed: 6 + 6 = 12 slots in total
  • Tue + Thu: 6 + 6 = 12 slots in total
Jan 21 – Jan 25, 2019 Dec 24, 2018 – Jan 4, 2019 Nov 19, 2018

 Full semester

 (Fall 1 + 2)

Oct 8 – Dec 21, 2018 & Jan 7 – Jan 18, 2019

  • Mon + Wed: 13 + 13 = 26 slots in total
  • Tue + Thu: 13 + 12 = 25 slots in total
Jan 21 – Jan 25, 2019 Oct 26, 2018
Nov 1, 2018
Dec 24, 2018 – Jan 4, 2019
Oct 1, 2018
Spring 2019
Lecture period
Exam week
Non-teaching days
Registration deadline

 Pre-semester

 (semester break)

Jan 28 – Feb 22, 2019

 1st half semester

 (Spring 1)

Feb 25 – Apr 5, 2019

  • Mon + Wed: 6 + 6 = 12 slots in total
  • Tue + Thu: 6 + 6 = 12 slots in total
Apr 8 – Apr 12, 2019 Apr 15 – Apr 26, 2019 Feb 18, 2019

 2nd half semester

 (Spring 2)

Apr 29 – Jun 14, 2019

  • Mon + Wed: 6 + 6 = 12 slots in total
  • Tue + Thu: 7 + 6 = 13 slots in total
Jun 17 – Jun 21, 2019 May 1, 2019
May 30, 2019
Jun 10, 2019
Jun 20, 2019
Apr 22, 2019

 Full semester

 (Spring 1 + 2)

Feb 25 – Apr 12, 2019 & Apr 29 – Jun 14, 2019

  • Mon + Wed: 13 + 13 = 26 slots in total
  • Tue + Thu: 14 + 13 = 27 slots in total (Thu slot missing in exam week)
Jun 17 – Jun 21, 2019 Apr 15 – Apr 26, 2019
May 1, 2019
May 30, 2019
Jun 10, 2019
Jun 20, 2019
Feb 18, 2019
Non-teaching periods

Christmas break

Dec 24, 2018 – Jan 4, 2019

 Semester break

Jan 28 – Feb 22, 2019

 Easter break

Apr 15 – Apr 26, 2019
Rotations (200 h each)

 Rotation 1

Oct 15 – Dec 14, 2018

 Rotation 2

Dec 17, 2018 – Feb 22, 2019

 Rotation 3

Mar 4 – Apr 26, 2019

 Rotation 4

Apr 29 – Jun 28, 2019
General dates

 September

17
tbd
18, 19, 20
Start of PhD program; Orientation Day
All Students Meeting
“Introduction to Research at IST”

 October

15 Progress Reviews (Fall) due

 November

30 Student Open Day 

 January

8
15
31
Application deadline for 2019 PhD student call
Deadline for referees for 2019 PhD student call
Pre-selection meeting for 2019 PhD student call

 February

1 Pre-selection meeting for 2019 PhD student call

 March

14, 15
20
Student Interview Days for 2019 PhD student call 
Final selection meeting for 2019 PhD student call

 April

15
tbd
Progress reviews (Spring) due
General Grad School meeting + Progress Review meeting

 May

1 Affiliation window (short/long route) opens 

 June

30  Affiliation window (short/long route) closes 

 July

9 Graduation Ceremony 
Public holidays

 October

26 Austrian National Holiday

 November

1 All Saints’ Day 

 December

8
25
26
Immaculate Conception
Christmas Day
St. Stephen’s

 January

1
6
New Year’s Day
Epiphany

 April

21
22
Easter Sunday
Easter Monday

 May

1
30
Labor Day
Ascension Day

 June

10
20
Whit Monday
Corpus Christi 
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