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Academic Calendar

The academic year is defined as running from 1 October until the following 30 September. This is the academic year that is used to determine the length of most bureaucratic procedures such as bank loans and insurance.

Here you can download the CES/IES Academic Calendar 2022/2023 in PDF format.

In Poland, the academic year is divided into two semesters.

In 2022/2023, they will be:

1st semester:          

  • 3 October 2022 – 28 January 2023: regular classes for all programmes at JU
  • 3 October – 9 December 2022/28 January 2023:  classes for SA Programme at CES/IES
  • 12 December – 16 December 2022: exams for SA programme*
  • 29 January – 11 February 2023: regular exams
  • 18 – 24 February 2022: regular re-sit exams**

2nd semester:

  • 27 February 2023 – 16 June 2023: regular classes for all programmes at JU
  • 27 February 2023 – 16 June 2023: classes for SA Programme at CES/IES
  • 17 – 30 June 2023: regular exams (for SA programme as well)
  • 1 – 15 September 2023: regular re-sit exams**

*Please note that due to the difference in academic calendars between sending university and JU, study abroad students may either finish their 1st semester abroad in mid-December or stay till mid-January to finish MA-level and other JU courses.

CES/IES courses dedicated to SA Students finish on December 9th 2022, with exams following shortly after; however, MA-level and other JU courses last until the end of January, with exams in late January and early February. Please notify CES/IES staff of your preference so that they may advise on courses as well as visas in due time.

**Re-sit exams for SA students are to be scheduled on an individual basis.

Jagiellonian University academic holidays

On academic holidays, there are no classes or examinations. The main University offices are usually closed. Those offices that are open operate with reduced hours and staff. Instructors are usually unavailable for consultation during academic holidays.

Holiday breaks: 

  • 23 December 2022 – 2 January 2023
  • 6-11 April 2023

Additional days off from classes are:

  • 11 November 2022
  • 2 May 2023 
  • Friday in the week when Student Carnival (Juwenalia) takes place (mid-May).

The Rector may declare additional academic holidays throughout the year. These are known as ‘Rector’s hours’ and are usually declared by the Rector relatively close in time to the holiday. They are often declared for half of a normal working day.

Polish national public holidays

  • All Saints’ Day: 1 November 2022
  • Independence Day: 11 November 2022
  • Christmas: 25 – 26 December 2022
  • New Year’s Day: 1 January 2023
  • Epiphany: 6 January 2023
  • Easter: 6 – 11 April 2023
  • Labour Day: 1 May 2023
  • Constitution Day: 3 May 2023
  • Corpus Christi: 8 June 2023

1st Semester

  • 14 – 28 September 2022: On-line Survival Polish course (highly recommended for BA and SA students).
  • 27-28 September 2022: On-line registration for 1st-semester courses.
  • 28 – 29 September 2022: Advised arrival and check-in to dormitories.
  • 29 September 2022: Orientation – administrative & academic issues.
  • 30 September 2022: Kraków Old Town Guided Tour, Orientation - non-academic issues.
  • 1 October 2022: Official inauguration ceremony of the academic year of the Jagiellonian University, city game “Discover Kraków”.
  • 3 October 2022: First day of CES/IES 1st semester classes.
  • 8-9 October 2022: Study Trip to Polish mountains (TBC).
  • 22 October 2022: Study Trip to Nowa Huta (TBC).
  • 1 November 2022: All Saints’ Day – no classes.
  • 5-6 November 2022: Study Trip to Wrocław (TBC)*.
  • 11 November 2022: Independence Day – no classes.
  • 12 – 16 December 2022: Exam session for Study Abroad students.
  • 16 December 2022: Christmas Party (16:00).
  • 23 December 2022 – 2 January 2023: Christmas and New Year break – no classes.
  • 6 January 2023 – Epiphany – no classes.
  • 29 January – 11 February 2023: Regular examination session for all students.
  • 18 – 24 February 2023: Re-sit examination session.

* For SA and 1-year BA students, the cost of one study trip is covered by tuition fees.

2nd semester

  • 13 – 23 February 2023: Survival Polish course (highly recommended for SA students).
  • 17 – 19 February 2023: On-line registration for 2nd-semester courses.
  • 23 -24  February 2023: Advised arrival and check-in to dormitories for new students.
  • 24 February 2023: Orientation for new students.
  • 25 February 2023: City tour.
  • 27 February 2023: Start of spring semester classes.
  • 11 March 2023: Study Trip to Bochnia Salt Mine (TBC).
  • 15 – 31 March 2023: Students may renew their legitymacja (student ID) for the spring semester by submitting it to the CES/IES Administration Office.
  • 4 April – Easter traditions workshop.
  • 6 – 11 April 2023 – Easter Holiday break, no classes.
  • 22 April 2022 - Study Trip to Nowa Huta (TBC).
  • 1 – 3 May 2023: May Day, Constitution Day – no classes.
  • 13 – 14 May 2022: Study trip to Grójec ((TBC)*.
  • mid–May 2023: Juwenalia (student carnival – no classes on Friday).
  • 16 June 2023: Last day of classes.
  • 17 – 30 June 2023: Final exam session.
  • 1 – 15 September 2023: Re-sit exam session.

* For SA and 1-year BA students, the cost of one study trip is covered by tuition fees.