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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Department of History

Semester schedule

The academic year at HU is divided into a winter semester (WS) and a summer semester (SS).

A semester includes lecture time and lecture-free time. Lecture-free time allows for homework, examinations, your own research, preparation, follow-up of the semester, and, of course, recreation! The times vary slightly from year to year.

You can find the current academic calendar with exact semester dates here.


Duration of lectures in weeks

Winter term 1 October - 31 March

Lectures: 2nd/3rd week of October – 3rd week of December, 2nd week of January – 2nd/3rd week of February


Summer term 1 April - 30 September

Lectures: 2nd/3rd week of April – 2nd/3rd week of July