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Academic Calendar 2020/2021

  • Solemn Opening of the Academic Year: 14th October 2020
  • Commemoration of the University's Day: 1st March 2021


Adjustments and changes in this calendar may occur. As a result it is important to check regularly the information in your Faculty (or Organisational Unit) and this webpage.

In accordance with the Rector's Dispatch no. 149/2020, of 25th June, the classes and assessment's periods concerning the academic year 2020/2021 are as follows: 
1st SemesterBeginningEnd
Classes [1]21.09.202018.12.2020
Classes of 1st curricular year [2]06.10.202018.10.2020
Suspension of classes | (student festivities Queima das Fitas from the academic year 2019/2020 and Latada from 2020/2021) [3]23.10.202030.10.2020
Christmas Holidays21.12.202001.01.2021
Exams (normal and supplementary examination periods)04.01.202105.02.2021
Public defences of Master's Degree Dissertations/Projects/Internship Reports04.01.202126.02.2021
Exams (special examination period only for cycles of studies with an odd number of semesters) [4]01.03.202126.03.2021
2nd SemesterBeginningEnd
Easter Holidays29.03.202105.04.2021
Suspension of classes (student festivity Queima das Fitas)21.05.202128.05.2021
Exams (normal, supplementary and special periods)04.06.202128.07.2021
Public defences of Master's Degree Dissertations/Projects/Internship Reports04.06.202130.07.2021
Summer Holidays01.08.202131.08.2021
Public defences of Master's Degree Dissertations/Projects/Internship Reports (special examination period) [5]01.09.202130.09.2021
Extraordinary Examination Periods [6]October
PhD and Tenure Exams [7]01.09.202031.07.2021

[1] The two weeks preceding the beginning of the classes in the academic year 2020/2021 (from 7th to 18th September), for the second and subsequent curricular years, if necessary, may be used to reset classes or develop the competences and knowledge regarding the preceding academic year, in accordance with a structured plan duly communicated by the Organisational Units to their students. The week for enrolment and registration at the UC of the 1st year students will be from 28th September to 2nd October. During this week, (distance and/or face-to-face) activities will be planned aimed at all the UC students and carried out in parallel with the ongoing academic activities.

[2] The classes for the 1st curricular year of Bachelor's Degree Courses and Integrated Master's Degree Courses will begin on 6th October in accord with the calendar published by the Directorate General for Higher Education (DGES).  Classes and/or compensation activities should be provided to 1st year students, which may be extended until 15th January if necessary and in accordance with what will be defined by each Organisational Unit. If this extension takes place, the exams concerning curricular units of the 1st year can only be scheduled after classes end.

[3] The suspension of classes lasts one week and it brings together the student festivities Latada and Queima das Fitas 2020, as long as, at that time, there are individual and collective safety and health-protection conditions of the stakeholders in accord with the recommendations of the health and government authorities. If, due to the reasons mentioned above, these events cannot be undertaken, the suspension is eliminated and therefore the normal academic activities must proceed.

[4] The exceptional period for improvement exams concerning curricular units of the academic year 2019/2020 will be included in this period if at that time the face-to-face exams are possible to take place.

[5] The period between 1st and 30th September 2021, deemed as special examination period, is only available for defences of Master's Degree Dissertations/Projects/Internship Reports/Thesis Projects.

[6] The Extraordinary Examination Periods are aimed at the assessment of students who benefit from the Statuses provided for in the applicable regulations.

[7] The Rector may authorise exams held outside this period, by means of an adequate justification

The possible resetting of classes not delivered due to calendar holidays and civil service holidays must be determined by the Professor responsible for the Curricular Unit taking into consideration the specific needs of that Unit and the number of classes. 

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