Academic calendar

The academic year at DTU is divided into six parts:

  • Two 13-week periods starting around 1 September and 1 February, respectively. Here, you can take courses based on theoretical knowledge, project work, and exercises (laboratory work or mathematical exercises). After the 13 weeks, there will be a period without teaching activities followed by an exam period of approx. two weeks.
  • Four three-week periods in January, June, July, and August, where you typically focus on one specific topic throughout the entire period. This includes laboratory exercises, project work, and courses, including a relatively brief theoretical overview followed by a case, some practical exercises etc.


Autumn 2016

13-week period

29.08.16 - 02.12.16

Winter exam


05.12.16 - 22.12.16

3-week period January*

02.01.17 – 20.01.17

Holidays and non-teaching study breaks:
(all dates included)

Autumn holiday: 17.10.16 - 21.10.16
Christmas holiday: 23.12.16 - 30.12.16
Winter holiday: 23.01.17 – 27.01.17

Spring 2017

13-week period

30.01.2017 – 08.05.2017

08.05.2017 Monday timetable applies

Ordinary summer exam and reexam


13.05.2017 – 30.05.2017

3-week period June*

01.06.2017 – 22.06.2017

Green Challenge 23.06.2017
3-week period July* 03.07.2017 – 21.07.2017
3-week period August 07.08.2017 – 25.08.2017
Reexam and exam of 3-week course in August 20.08.2017 – 27.08.2017

Holidays and non-teaching study breaks:
(all dates included)

Easter holidays: 10.04.2017 – 17.04.2017
St. Bededag (Danish national holiday): 12.05.2017
Ascension Day: 25.05.2017 – 26.05.2017

Whitsun holiday: 05.06.2017

Autumn 2017

13-week period

04.09.2017 - 08.12.2017

Winter exam


10.12.2017 - 23.12.2017

3-week periodJanuary 2018

02.01.2018 – 22.01.2018

Holidays and non-teaching study breaks:
(all dates included)

Autumn holiday: 16.10.2017 - 20.10.2017
Christmas holiday: 23.12.2017 - 01.01.2017
Winter holiday: 23.01.2018 – 26.01.2018

* Examinations will be held on the last day of the 3-week period


Module timetable

During the 13-week period teaching follows the following set module timetable: 

  Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday 
8-12  1A   3A 5A  2B  4B 
12-13  Break         
 13-17 2A  4A  5B  1B  3B 

As a rule, a course worth 10 credit points will be covered by an entire timetable group. This means that a course under timetable group 1 will be taught on Mondays 8 am-12 noon and Thursdays 1 pm-5 pm. A course worth 5 credit points will be covered by half a timetable group, e.g. 2A which is taught Mondays 1 pm-5 pm only. Teaching may also be timetabled for 6 pm-9 pm.

A designated examination date is assigned for a designated half-timetable group which means that students attending courses in two different half-timetable groups will also have examinations on two different dates. The designated timetable group and designated examination date are provided in the course descriptions. To ensure that the number of each timetable group remains constant throughout the semester, a decision may be made to provide teaching according to a different weekday timetable.

Examination Timetable

Immediately after the 13-week period, there may be a non-teaching study break followed by an examination period. The examination timetable is designed to enable students to take examinations in all possible course combinations according to the module timetable.
Please note that examinations might be held on Saturdays.

Credit Points and Time Equivalents

The anticipated workload entailed by a course of study is measured in ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credit points. One year of full-time studies is worth 60 ECTS credit points. Credit points are allocated to each course to denote the anticipated time each student is expected to spend on that course.

A 10-credit point course presupposes a workload of approximately 280 hours (i.e. 1 credit point equals approximately 28 hours). The number of hours includes time spent on attending classes as well as time spent on preparation and any reports, examinations and the like.