A semester is approximately six months long (including semester breaks). The University of Mannheim has aligned its academic calendar with the international academic year: The spring semester starts on 1 February and ends on 31 July; the fall semester begins on 1 August and ends on 31 January. The semester break is included.

A distinction is also made between a subject-specific semester and a semester enrolled at a German higher education institution.

Further information on the academic calendar