Academic Year Calendar
The essential dates of the academic calendar (such as semester starting and ending dates) are common for the whole university.
An academic year starts on 1 September and ends on 31 July of the following calendar year.
It is divided into two semesters, traditionally called Winter Semester (WS, in Czech: zimní semestr/ZS; in some texts also referred to as Fall/Autumn/First semester) and Summer Semester (SS, in Czech: letní semestr/LS; in some texts also referred to as Spring/Second semester).
WS classes usually start in mid-September and end before Christmas.
SS classes usually start in mid-February and end in mid-May.
July and August are considered as summer holiday period.
Classes and exams are usually held from Monday to Friday; some may take place on Saturdays (intensive courses, executive education, courses for part-time students/students in combined form of study).
MIFA programme classes have been organized since September 1st, 2021, under the new intensive schedule. This new schedule only applies to students who have entered the academic year since September 1st, 2021. Lectures start one week earlier than the standard schedule at the VSE, e.g. one week earlier in September and in February. Lectures last 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week exam period. 6 weeks teaching and 2 weeks exam period between the two blocks. If students do not pass the exam for the first block within 2 weeks, they may retake the entire exam period.
No Classes Days
There are also other occasions when classes and office hours are cancelled, although the university premises are open: the traditional Rector’s Sports Day – usually held in April – and Dean’s Day(s) – dates may vary every academic year and depend on the decision of the dean of the respective faculty.