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Here you will find all dates and other important information related to the academic year.

The Academic year 2023-2024

The academic year starts officially on August 1st 2023 and ends on July 31st 2024.

Period 1: 1.8–22.10.2023 (tuition starts on August 28/31* 2023)
Period 2: 23.10–31.12.2023

Winter break: 22.12.2023–7.1.2024 (no tuition)

Period 3: 1.1–17.3.2024
Period 4: 18.3–31.7.2024 (the tuition ends 31.5.2024)

*For new bachelor's students regular lectures start on 28.8.2023, for other bachelor's students lectures start on 31.8.2023.

Introductions days are held for first-year bachelor's students 23–25 August 2023. The first introduction day (23 August) is aimed for our new international bachelor's students. During 28–30 August 2023 introductory sessions will be held alongside regular lectures. During the introduction days students get acquainted with the Arcada building as a learning environment, their new degree programme, and get to meet their teachers, study counselors and tutors who will help them get started with their studies at Arcada.

Introductions for new master's students may be held on different dates. Each master's degree programme organise their own start of the academic year.

National Public Holidays during the academic year 2023–24

On these days all public institutions including Arcada are closed.

Independence Day 6 December
Christmas Eve 24 December
Christmas Day 25 December
Boxing Day 26 December
New Year's Day 1 January
Epiphany 6 January
Good Friday* 29 March
Easter Monday* 1 April
May Day 1 May
Ascension Day* 9 May
Midsummer's Eve* 21 June

*Movable feast = the date changes from year to year.

Opening of the Academic year

The opening of the Academic year is the most ceremonial celebration during the year. The ceremony takes place the first Wednesday in September. After the opening ceremony all guests are welcomed to a celebration with entertainment and finger food 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.

My Future Work

My Future Work is Arcada's annual networking event designed to help students, our UAS experts and employers get together and form valuable contacts. 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.

Re-exam days

The degree programmes have their own systems. More information about re-exams and general guidelines for examinations are found here.

Graduation ceremony

Graduation ceremonies are held twice during every academic year. Please read more about the graduation ceremony and the deadlines for the degree certificate applications in the graduation chapter.