Academic Calendar  

The academic year is generally divided into two semesters at most German universities. At the University of Mannheim, the semester dates are oriented towards the international academic calendar. The fall semester (“Herbstsemester”, in German often shortened to “HWS”), begins in September, and the spring semester (“Frühlingssemester” or “FSS”) begins in February.

The holidays (“Semesterferien”) begin right after the exams at the end of each semester. Therefore, the winter semester break begins in late December and continues up until mid-February. The summer break goes from mid-June to September. In the spring semester, there is also a two weeks break.


For all first semester and exchange students an orientation week takes place prior to the beginning of the lectures in order to welcome all at the University of Mannheim and make the start into student life as easy as possible.   

Orientations for exchange students    I   Orientations for International Degree-Seeking Students

Fall 2016


Fall SemesterAugust 1, 2016 - January 31, 2017
Re-Registration Period*May 1 - June 15, 2016
Lecture Period
September 5 - December 9, 2016
Examination Period
December 9-22, 2016

Spring 2017


Spring SemesterFebruary 1 - July 31, 2017
Re-Registration Period*October 15 - December 1, 2016
Lecture PeriodFebruar 13 - June 2, 2017
Easter BreakApril 10 - April 22, 2017
Examination PeriodJune 3-19, 2017

Fall 2017


Fall SemesterAugust 1, 2017 - January 31, 2018
Re-Registration Period*May 1 - June 15, 2017
Lecture Period
September 4 - December 8, 2017
Examination Period
December 9-22, 2017

Spring 2018


Spring SemesterFebruary 1 - July 31, 2018
Re-Registration Period*October 15 - December 1, 2017
Lecture PeriodFebruar 12 - June 1, 2018
Easter BreakMarch 26 - April 7, 2018
Examination PeriodJune 4-16, 2018

Fall 2018


Fall SemesterAugust 1, 2018 - January 31, 2019
Re-Registration Period*May 1 - June 15, 2018
Lecture Period
September 3 - December 7, 2018
Examination Period
December 8-21, 2018


* Each semester, students are obliged to re-register by paying the semester fees for the upcoming semester.