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General structure

The academic year in Belgium contains two semesters

  • 1rst semester September 15 - End of January
  • 2d semester End of January - June 30

The period of lecturing varies each semester:

- 1rst semester September - December
- End of january or beginning of February - mid-May
There is no summer term.
There are 3 examination sessions: January, June and mid-August to mid-September
Christmas break: In general, there is a two-week break of lecturing, respecting school vacation. The University closes between Christmas (December 24th ) and New year’s day (January 1st). The exact duration and dates varies each year.
The complete academic calendar can be found here: http://www.uclouvain.be/en-78072.html