The Academic year 2019-2020

The academic year starts officially on August 1st 2019 and ends on July 31st 2020.

Period 1: 1.8-27.10.2019 (the tuition starts on the 28th of August 2019)
Period 2: 28.10-31.12.2019
Period 3: 1.1-22.3.2020
Period 4: 23.3-31.7.2020 (the tuition ends usually at the end of May/beginning of June 2020)

The regular lectures start 28.8.2019.

The academic year 2019 is opened at a festive Opening party 4.9.2019. All new students are welcome and encouraged to participate!

During the time 21.12.2019 - 6.1.2020 there are no courses held at Arcada.

Introductions days are held for first-year students 26-27.8.2019. Please, find more information here

Graduation ceremonies are arranged on January 24th 2020 and June 12th 2020.

Monday 26.8.2019 was for degree students admitted to our bachelor programmes in English, incoming exchange students and students starting their open path studies only. On 27.8.2019 all new students took part.


National Public Holidays celebrated in Finland 2019

Date Day Holiday
January 1st Monday New Year's Day
January 6st Saturday Epiphany
April 19th Friday Good Friday
April 21st Sunday Easter Sunday
April 26st Monday Easter Monday
May 1st Wednesday May Day
May 30th Thursday Ascension Day
June 9th  Sunday Whit Sunday
June 22nd Saturday Midsummer Day
November 2nd  Saturday All Saint´s Day
December 6th Friday Independence Day
December 24th Tuesday Christmas Eve
December 25th Wednesday Christmas Day
December 26th Thursday Second Day of Christmas


During the introduction days students get acquainted with the Arcada building as learning environment, their new degree programme and department, and get to meet their teachers, amanuensis and tutors who will help them get started with their studies at Arcada.

Opening of the Academic year

The opening of the Academic year is the most ceremonial celebration during the year. Invited guests are all first year students, staff and special guest as well as the student tutors. The opening of the Academic year is held September 5th in the big auditorium. After the opening ceremony all guests are welcomed to a celebration with entertainment and fingerfood on the big square in the Arcada building. All first year students recieve an invitation to the opening ceremony (with an r.s.v.p. link) to their Arcada email. Dresscode: Jacket.

Thesis Forum

Thesis Forum is part of your Degree Thesis and means that you after your Thesis has been approved, present it to your supervisor, inspector and opponent as well as other interested students and members of the staff.

Timetable for Thesis forum.

My Future Work

My Future Work is Arcadas annual networking event designed to help students, our UAS experts and employers get together and form valuable contacts. During the day Arcadas Big Square forms a platform for interesting companies to meet their future employees. My Future Work gives you as a student a chance to find practical placement, a business partner for your degree thesis or maybe your first job after graduation. Next My Future Work is in January 2019.

Re-exam days

The departments now have their own systems. More information is given on your department's own pages on start. More information about re-exams and general guidelines for examinations are found here.

Graduation ceremony

Graduation ceremonys are held twice during every academic year. The following ceremonies are held January 18th 2019 and June 14th 2019 at 1 p.m. in the Arcada building. Please read more about the graduation cerenomy and the deadlines for the degree certificate applications in the graduation chapter.