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 2019
13-week period 2/9 2019 - 6/12 2019
Winter exam 6/12 2019 - 21/12 2019
Replacement exam 21/12 2019
3-week period in January 2019 6/1 2020 - 24/1 2020
Replacement exam 25/1 2020
Holiday and non-teaching study breaks (all dates included): Autumn holiday: 14/10 2019 - 18/10 2019
Christmas holiday: 24/12 2019 - 3/1 2020
Winter holiday: 27/1 2020 - 31/1 2020
Spring 2020
13-week period 3/2 2020 - 12/5 2020
Ordinary summer exam and re-exam 13/5 2020 - 3/6 2020
3-week period in June 4/6 2020 - 25/6 2020
Replacement exam 6/6 2020
Green Challenge 26/6 2020
Replacement exam 27/6 2020
3-week period in July 6/7 2020 - 24/7 2020
3-week period in August 3/8 2020 - 21/8 2020
Re-exam and exam of 3-week course in August 12/8 2020 - 21/8 2020
Replacement exam 22/8 2020
Holiday and non-teaching study breaks (all dates included): Easter holiday: 6/4 2020 - 13/4 2020
St. Bededag (Danish national Holiday): 8/5 2020
Ascension Day: 21/5 2020 - 22/5 2020
Whitsun holiday: 1/6 2020
Constitution Day: 5/6 2020


During the 13-week periods, the following fixed timetable is used: 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8 am - 12 am 1A 3A 5A 2B 4B
12 am - 1 pm Break Break Break Break Break
1 pm - 5 pm 2A 4A 5B 1B 3B
5 pm - 6 pm  Break Break Break Break Break
6 pm - 10 pm    Evening module*       

*The evening module will be offered from the autumn 2019. Please see the Q&A on the evening module (login required).

The timetable is the same in the autumn and the spring. E denotes autumn ('efterår' in Danish), and F denotes spring ('forår' in Danish).

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.