University of Warsaw Academic calendar

At the University of Warsaw (UW), classes begin on 1 October. The academic year consists of two semesters, with a week’s break in between. Both semesters conclude with examinations. Resits are held in September.

The summer break begins after the summer examinations and continues until the start of the next academic year. In December, there is a Christmas break of a dozen or so days and in the spring a several-day spring break.



First semester, 1.10.2016–17.02.2017

The academic year starts with an official ceremony at the beginning of October. A procession with the Rector, Vice-Rectors and members of the UW Senate walks from Kazimierzowski Palace – which houses the offices of the UW authorities – to the University’s largest hall, the Adam Mickiewicz Assembly Hall in the Auditorium Maximum building. During the opening ceremony, the Rector presents student books to the first-year students who have scored the highest marks in the admission process.

  • Classes (block I), 1.10.2016–31.10.2016
  • Classes (block II), 2.11.2016–4.12.2016
  • Classes (block III), 5.12.2016–22.12.2016
  • 1st round of registration for courses in the summer semester, 1.12.2016–30.12.2016
  • Course credit resignation deadline (winter semester), 20.01.2017
  • Christmas vacation, 23.12.2016–6.01.2017
  • Classes (continued, block III), 7.01.2017–27.01.2017
  • Winter examination session, 28.01.2017–10.02.2017
  • Language exams, 30.01.2017
  • Inter-semester break, 11.02.2017–17.02.2017

Second semester, 18.02.2017 – 30.09.2017

  • Classes (block I), 18.02.2017–19.03.2017
  • Classes (block II), 20.03.2017–30.04.2017
  • Classes (block III), 4.05.2017–8.06.2017
  • Course credit resignation deadline (summer semester), 1.06.2017
  • Resit examination session for winter semester, 3.03.2017–9.03.2017
  • Language resit exams, 4.03.2017
  • Easter vacation, 13.04.2017–18.04.2017
  • Juwenalia (Students’ Festival), 12.05.2017–13.05.2017
  • 1st round of registration for whole-year and winter semester courses in the academic year 2017/2018, 1.06.2017–30.06.2017
  • Summer examination session, 9.06.2017–2.07.2017
  • Language exams, 12.06.2017

Summer holidays, 3.07.2017 – 30.09.2017

  • Holidays (block I), 10.07.2017–13.08.2017
  • Holidays (block II), 21.08.2017–24.09.2017

Resit examination session for summer semester, 28.08.2017 – 10.09.2017

  • Language resit exams, 28.08.2017
  • Period for making all individual decisions to credit a year of study in the academic year 2016/2017, 11.09.2017–30.09.2017


Printable academic calendar 2016/2017 (pdf)

Additional information

Printable academic calendar 2015/2016 (pdf)

Printable academic calendar 2016/2017 (pdf)

November: the University of Warsaw’s founding date is considered to be 19 November 1816, when Alexander I (the then tsar of Russia and king of Poland) issued a decree to establish the university (konieczny link do zakładki historycznej). That is why November is a special month for the academic community, as a celebration of the University of Warsaw, with exhibitions, concerts, lectures and other events. In 2016, the University will celebrate its 200th anniversary. More information

May: it is a time for UW student celebrations during the Juvenalia festival. A huge stage is built on the main campus to host performances from celebrated musicians. The site around the University’s head offices turns into a vibrant student village.

June: it is the month when most students take their last exams. Those who have completed their studies can take part in the graduation ceremony. Although each faculty does it somewhat differently, almost always the students will put on academic robes and caps, which they will throw into the air when the official part draws to a close.