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.


Spring 2018

13-week period 29/1 2018 - 8/5 2018
8/5 2018 Friday timetable applies
Ordinary summer exam and reexam 14/5 2018 - 30/5 2018
3-week period in June 31/5 2018 - 21/6 2018
Green Challenge 22/6 2018
3-week period in July 2/7 2018 - 20/7 2018
3-week period in August 6/8 2018 - 24/8 2018
Reexam and exam of 3-week course in August 15/8 2018 - 24/8 2018
Holiday and non-teaching study breaks (all dates included):

Easter holiday: 26/3 2018 - 2/4 2018
St. Bededag (Danish national holiday): 27/4 2018
Ascension Day: 10/5 2018 - 11/5 2018
Whitsun holiday: 21/5 2018
Constitution Day: 5/6 2018

Autumn 2018

13-week period 3/9 2018 - 7/12 2018
Winter exam 7/12 2018 - 21/12 2018
3-week period in January 2019 7/1 2019 - 25/1 2019
Holiday and non-teaching study breaks (all dates included): Autumn holiday: 15/10 2018 - 19/10 2018
Christmas holiday: 22/12 2018 - 4/1 2019
Winter holiday: 28/1 2019 - 1/2 2019

* 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.