Key dates for semesters, exam periods and other events , Ngā tino rā

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.

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.

Summer School 2023 to 2024

Table of key dates for Summer School 2023 to 2024
Event Date
Course guides normally available on Stream 6 November 2023
College of Creative Arts (COCA) semester and lectures start 6 November
Semester and lectures start for all colleges except COCA 20 November
Final payment date for outstanding course fees 8 December
Last day of lectures for 2023 21 December
University closes for Christmas break 21 December at 5pm
Mid-semester break 22 December 2023 to 3 January 2024
Christmas Day 25 December
Boxing Day 26 December
New Year's Holiday 2 January
University opens and Summer School resumes 3 January
Wellington Anniversary Day (Manawatū and Wellington campuses closed) 22 January
Auckland Anniversary Day (Auckland campus closed) 29 January
Final day of lectures 5 February
Waitangi Day (university closed) 6 February
Study period 7 to 9 February
Exam period start 12 February
Exam period and semester end 16 February
Release date of exam results (approximately) 29 February

Semester One 2024

Table of key dates for Semester One 2024
Event Date
Course guides normally available on Stream 12 February
Campus and college pre-semester activities,
reporting in person and welcome sessions
19 to 23 February
Semester and lectures start 26 February
Mid-semester study period* 29 March to 12 April
Good Friday (university closed) 29 March
Easter Monday (university closed) 1 April
School and tertiary institutions holiday (university closed) 2 April
Semester resumes 15 April
ANZAC Day (university closed) 25 April
Final day of lectures 31 May
King's Birthday (university closed) Observed 3 June
Study period 4 to 7 June
Exam period start 10 June
Exam period and semester end 21 June
Mid-year break 24 June to 12 July
Matariki (university closed) 28 June
Release date of exam results (approximately) 5 July

*Mid-semester break is determined by Easter. Generally, semesters are split into two teaching periods of six weeks. If Easter falls early, the first day of the break is Friday. If Easter falls later, it’s more likely to fall in the middle of the break.

Semester Two 2024

Table of key dates for Semester Two 2024
Event Date
Course guides normally available on Stream 1 July
Orientation 10 to 12 July
Semester and lectures start 15 July
Mid-semester study period 26 August to 6 September
Semester resumes 9 September
Final day of lectures 18 October
Study period 21 to 25 October
Labour Day (university closed) 28 October
Exam period start 29 October
Exam period and semester end 11 November
Release date of exam results (approximately) 6 December

Summer School 2024 to 2025

Table of key dates for Summer School 2024 to 2025
Event Date
Course guides normally available on Stream 4 November
College of Creative Arts (COCA) semester and lectures start 4 November
Semester and lectures start for all colleges except COCA 18 November
Last day of lectures for 2024 23 December
University closes for Christmas break 23 December at 5pm
Mid-semester break 24 December 2024 to 3 January 2025
Christmas Day 25 December
Boxing Day 26 December
New Year's Holiday 2 January
University opens and Summer School resumes 3 January
Wellington Anniversary Day (Manawatū and Wellington campuses closed) 20 January
Auckland Anniversary Day (Auckland campus closed) 27 January
Final day of lectures 4 February
Waitangi Day (university closed) 6 February
Study period 5 to 7 February
Exam period start 10 February
Exam period and semester end 14 February
Release date of exam results (approximately) 29 February

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