The academic calendar at DTU

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 2023
13-week period  28/8 2023 - 1/12 2023 
Winter exam 4/12 2023 - 21/12 2023 
Replacement exam   22/12 2023 
3-week period in January 2024 2/1 2024 - 19/1 2024* 
Replacement exam   20/1 2024 
Holiday and non-teaching study breaks (all dates included):  Autumn holiday: 16/10 2023 - 20/10 2023
Christmas holiday: 22/12 2023 - 1/1 2024
Winter holiday: 22/1 2024 - 26/1 2024 
Spring 2024
13-week period  29/1 2024 - 6/5 2024
Ordinary summer exam and reexam 8/5 2024 - 31/5 2024 
Replacement exam   3/6 2024  
3-week in June  6/6 2024 - 26/6 2024 
Replacement exam    27/6 2024  
Green Challenge  28/6 2024 
3-week in July  8/7 2024 - 26/7 2024 
3-week in August  5/8 2024 - 23/8 2024 
Reexam and exam of 3-week course in August  14/8 2024 - 23/8 2024 
Replacement exam  24/8 2024 
Holiday and non-teaching study breaks (all dates included): Easter holiday: 25/3 2024 - 1/4 2024
Ascension Day: 9/5 2024 - 10/5 2024
Whitsun holiday: 20/5 2024
Constitution Day: 5/6 2024
Autumn 2024
13-week period  2/9 2024 - 6/12 2024 
Winter exam 7/12 2024 - 21/12 2024 
Replacement exam   23/12 2024 
3-week period in January 2024 6/1 2025 - 24/1 2025 
Replacement exam   25/1 2025 
Holiday and non-teaching study breaks (all dates included):  Autumn holiday: 14/10 2024 - 18/10 2024
Christmas holiday: 23/12 2024 - 3/1 2025
Winter holiday: 27/1 2025 - 31/1 2025 
Spring 2025
13-week period  3/2 2025 - 12/5 2025
Ordinary summer exam and reexam 13/5 2025 - 2/6 2025 
Replacement exam   3/6 2025  
3-week in June  4/6 2025 - 26/6 2025 
Green Challenge  27/6 2025 
Replacement exam    28/6 2025 
3-week in July  7/7 2025 - 25/7 2025 
3-week in August  4/8 2025 - 22/8 2025 
Reexam and exam of 3-week course in August  13/8 2025 - 22/8 2025 
Replacement exam  23/8 2025 
Holiday and non-teaching study breaks (all dates included): Easter holiday: 14/4 2025 - 21/4 2025
Ascension Day: 29/5 2025 - 30/5 2025
Constitution Day: 5/6 2025
Whitsun holiday: 9/6 2025
Autumn 2025
13-week period  1/9 2025 - 5/12 2025 
Winter exam 7/12 2025 - 22/12 2025 
Replacement exam   23/12 2025 
3-week period in January 2026 5/1 2026 - 23/1 2026 
Replacement exam   24/1 2026 
Holiday and non-teaching study breaks (all dates included):  Autumn holiday: 13/10 2025 - 17/10 2025
Christmas holiday: 24/12 2025 - 2/1 2026
Winter holiday: 26/1 2026 - 30/1 2026 
Spring 2026
13-week period  2/1 2026 - 11/5 2026
Ordinary summer exam and reexam 13/5 2026 - 2/6 2026 
Replacement exam   3/6 2026  
3-week in June  4/6 2026 - 25/6 2026 
Green Challenge  26/6 2026 
Replacement exam    27/6 2026 
3-week in July  6/7 2026 - 4/7 2026 
3-week in August  3/8 2026 - 21/8 2026 
Reexam and exam of 3-week course in August  24/8 2026 - 28/8 2026 
Replacement exam  24/8 2026 
Holiday and non-teaching study breaks (all dates included): Easter holiday: 25/3 2026 - 1/4 2026
Ascension Day: 9/5 2026 - 10/5 2026
Whitsun holiday: 20/5 2026
Constitution Day: 5/6 2026
*As the 3-week period begins on a Tuesday rather than a Monday, 6 January is included for teaching so that the students get a full 3 weeks of teaching for their 3-week courses.

Timetable

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 is 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, the ordinary examination period begins. 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.