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Semester, exam and other key dates

Find important dates for the academic year including semester and Summer School dates, when your lectures start and end, study and exam periods and public holidays.

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The academic year is split into Semester One, Semester Two and Summer School, each with an exam period at the end. Double Semester courses usually run over Semester One and Two, with just one exam period at the end of the year.

Some courses do not follow the standard semester dates. For details see the course descriptions.

Semester One 2021

Event Date

University opens for all students

11 January

Wellington Anniversary Day (Manawatū and Wellington campuses closed)

25 January

Auckland Anniversary Day (Auckland campus closed)

1 February

Waitangi Day (university closed)

Observed 8 February

Course Guides normally available on Stream for Semester One and Double Semester courses

9 February

Campus and College pre-semester activities, reporting in person and welcome sessions

15 to 19 February

Semester and lectures start

22 February

Good Friday (university closed)

2 April

Easter Monday (university closed)

5 April

Mid-semester study period

2 April to 16 April

Conferences at the Manawatū campus

7 to 16 April

Semester resumes

19 April

ANZAC Day (university closed)

Observed 26 April

Final day of lectures

28 May

Queen's Birthday (university closed)

7 June

Exam period start

8 June

Exam period and semester end

18 June

Release date of exam results

2 July (approximately)

Mid-year break

21 June to 9 July

Semester Two 2021

Event Date

Report in person on campus (if required)

9 July

Semester and lectures start

12 July

Final payment date for outstanding course fees

31 July

Mid-semester study period

23 August to 3 September

Semester resumes

6 September

Final day of lectures

15 October

Study period

18 to 22 October

Labour Day (university closed)

25 October

Exam period start

26 October

Exam period and semester end

8 November

Release date of exam results (approximately)

3 December

Summer School 2021 to 2022

Event Date

Semester and lectures start

15 November 2021

Final payment date for outstanding course fees

3 December

University closes for Christmas break

23 December at 5pm

Mid-semester break

24 December 2021 to 5 January 2022

Christmas Day

25 December

Boxing Day

26 December

New Year's Holiday

3 January 2022

University opens

5 January

Wellington Anniversary Day (Manawatū and Wellington campuses closed)

24 January

Auckland Anniversary Day (Auckland campus closed)

31 January

Final day of lectures

1 February

Study period

2 to 4 February

Waitangi Day

Observed 7 February

Exam period start

8 February

Exam period and semester end

11 February

Release date of exam results (approximately)

To be advised

Semester One 2022

Event Date

University opens for all students

10 January

Wellington Anniversary Day (Manawatū and Wellington campuses closed)

24 January

Auckland Anniversary Day (Auckland campus closed)

31 January

Waitangi Day (university closed)

Observed 7 February

Course Guides normally available on Stream

8 to 14 February

Campus and College pre-semester activities, reporting in person and welcome sessions

21 to 25 February

Semester and lectures start

28 February

Final payment date for outstanding course fees

31 March

Mid-semester study period

11 April to 22 April

Good Friday (university closed)

15 April

Easter Monday (university closed)

18 April

ANZAC Day (university closed)

25 April

Semester resumes

26 April

Final day of lectures

3 June

Queen's Birthday (university closed)

Observed 6 June

Study period

7 to 10 June

Exam period start

13 June

Exam period and semester end

23 June

Matariki (university closed)

24 June

Mid-year break

27 June to 15 July

Release date of exam results (approximately)

7 July

Semester Two 2022

Event Date

Course Guides normally available on Stream

4 July

Report in person on campus (if required)

15 July

Semester and lectures start

18 July

Final payment date for outstanding course fees

31 July

Mid-semester study period

29 August to 9 September

Semester resumes

12 September

Final day of lectures

21 October

Labour Day (university closed)

24 October

Study period

25 to 28 October

Exam period start

31 October

Exam period and semester end

14 November

Release date of exam results (approximately)

1 December

University closes (except for Summer School)

13 December at 5pm

Summer School 2022 to 2023

Event Date

Semester and lectures start

21 November 2022

Final payment date for outstanding course fees

9 December

Last day of lectures and university closes for Christmas break

22 December at 5pm

Mid-semester break

23 December 2022 to 4 January 2023

Christmas Day

25 December

Boxing Day

26 December

New Year's Holiday

2 January

University opens

4 January

Wellington Anniversary Day (Manawatū and Wellington campuses closed)

23 January

Auckland Anniversary Day (Auckland campus closed)

30 January

Waitangi Day

6 February

Final day of lectures

7 February

Study period

To be advised

Exam period start

13 February

Exam period and semester end

18 February

Release date of exam results (approximately)

To be advised