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Academic Calendar

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Semester, application and enrolment dates

Academic calendar

Summer semester 2021

Dates are still subject to change.

Winter semester 2021/22

Dates are still subject to change.

Semester duration

April 1 - September 30, 2021

October 1, 2021 - March 31, 2022

Teaching activity

April 12 - July 17, 2021 October 18, 2021 - February 19, 2022


 - December 20, 2021 - January 1, 2022

Feast Days

April 2, 2021 (Good Friday)
April 5, 2021 (Easter Monday)
May 13, 2021 (Ascension Day)
May 24, 2021 (Whitmonday)

October 3, 2021 (Day of German Unity)


For winter semester 2021/22: by July 16, 2021

For summer semester 2022: by February 18, 2022
Application for semester on leave

Latest May 25, 2021

Latest November 29, 2021
No teaching activity From July 19, 2021 From February 21, 2022


Summer semester 2021

Winter semester 2021/22

Undergraduate programmes
(all combination bachelor's programmes,
first semester and advanced)

Information on whether you are
required to apply to Freie Universität
Berlin directly, or via uni-assist, or via
"hochschulstart.de" (only in German)
please see International Students.

Application deadline is January 15, 2021

Application Deadline is July 31, 2021

Notices starting beginning of September

For Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine different application deadlines apply via hochschulstart.de if higher education entrance qualification was earned prior to January 16 of that year (so-called "Alt-Abiturienten")

Studienkolleg via "uni-assist"
(preparatory course):
One-year course in a school-like setting with Feststellungsprüfung (assessment test - subject related university entrance qualification)

No admission for summer semester

Application deadline is July 31, 2021

Externe Feststellungsprüfung (external assessment test - without attending the preparation course).

Latest January 15, 2021

No admission for winter semester

Consecutive Master's programs first semester

Starting December 1, 2020

Starting April 15, 2021
restricted admission Until February 15, 2021

Until May 31, 2021

Notices starting mid-July

unrestricted admission Until February 15, 2021

Until August 15, 2021

Notices end of July and mid-September

Consecutive Master's programs higher semesters Until February 15, 2021

Until August 15, 2021

Notices mid-September
Master of Education

Starting December 1, 2020

Until February 15, 2021
(only higher semester)

Until August 15, 2021

Notices mid-September

Continuing Master's programs

Application see here.

Doctoral programs

See here.

Lottery procedure
(online application only)


(Exchange of study placements)

Until lectures begin Until lectures begin

Entrance exam for those with professional qualifications (application deadline)

 - Latest May 28, 2021

Enrollment & registration

Summer semester 2021

Winter semester 2021/22

For all combination bachelor's programs and single-subject bachelor's with restricted admission Deadline stated in Admission Letter

Enrollment for programs with no limited admissions (except combination bachelor's programs)

German students and foreign nationals with German education (Bildungsinländer) who fulfil all other requirements (such as language skills)

All others are required to apply via uni-assist for programs with no limited admissions within the deadline

February 1 - March 8, 2021

July 1 - September 6, 2021

Course registration (bachelor’s & master’s Students) For information on registering, courses and examinations (deadlines and details), see Campus Management.
Studierfähigkeitstest Veterinärmedizin
(Aptitude Test Veterinay Medicine)
For students beginning their studies in winter semester, see here.
Nebenhörer (visiting student, who is a full-time student elsewhere) April 12 - May 10, 2021 October 18 - November 15, 2021

Language tests (by invitation only)

Foreign language tests
(free of charge)

Deutsche Sprachprüfung DSH
(130,00 Euro)

Language Center (Sprachenzentrum, see "Sprachtests/Sprachtests Studienbewerber/innen" for dates, application and information).

For further information on the German language test for higher education (DSH) at Freie Universität Berlin, see DSH website (only in German).

Future dates

Summer semester 2022

Teaching activity: April 19, 2022 - July 23, 2022

Events for new students

We would like to invite all new students to our orientation days and introductory events.

You will also find additional information in the online student assistant (OSA) GETTING STARTED.

Informational event for prospective students