Half a year at a university.
- At most universities, the winter semester (WiSe) takes place from 1st October to 31st March.
- At most universities, the summer semester (SoSe) takes place from 1st April to 30th September.
"Fachhochschulen" (Universities of applied sciences) often begin and end their semester a month earlier.
The semester includes the lecture period and the term break (free period). The lecture period generally begins about 14 days after the start of the semester. The lecture period ends 6 to 8 weeks before the semester ends.