Academic calendar

The academic year at Lund University is divided into two semesters each lasting 20 weeks. Examination periods are included in the semester periods.

Semester dates at Lund University:

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

The academic year 2023/2024

Spring semester 2023: Monday 16 January 2023 – Sunday 4 June 2023

Autumn semester 2023: Monday 28 August 2023 – Sunday 14 January 2024

Spring semester 2024: Monday 15 January 2024 – Sunday 2 June 2024

​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.

International Bachelor's and Master's programmes start dates at LUSEM for 2023/2024:

All international Bachelor's and Master's programmes at LUSEM start the Wednesday prior to the regular autumn semester, for newly admitted students.

Read more about the academic calendar at Lund University

What about holidays?

There is no official break in the academic calendar for Christmas or Easter, however in practice there is usually a break over Christmas and New Year's Eve as well as over the Easter period, including the public holiday days.

Please check with the programme coordinator to confirm when classes and assignments pause, before making any major plans or travel arrangements.

Swedish Public Holidays, spring 2023 

  • New Year's Day (Nyårsdagen): 1 January
  • Epiphany (Trettondedag): 6 January
  • Good Friday (Långfredagen): 7 April
  • Easter Sunday (Påskdagen): 9 April
  • Easter Monday (Annandag påsk): 10 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.
  • Labour Day (Första maj): 1 May 
  • Ascension Day (Kristi himmelsfärds dag): 18 May
  • Whit Sunday (Pingstdagen): 28 May
  • Sweden's National Day (Nationaldagen): 6 June
  • Midsummer Eve (Midsommarafton): 23 June
  • Midsummer Day (Midsommardagen): 24 June