Organisation of the academic year

Article index

  1. Introduction
  2. General rules
  3. Rights and duties of students
  4. Organisation of the academic year
  5. Organisation of degree programmes
  6. Completion of classes
  7. Examination
  8. Completion of a course
  9. Grading scale
  10. Arrangements for students following a part of the curriculum outside their home faculty
  11. Completion of a semester of study
  12. Registration for the next year or semester of study
  13. Arrangements for students following an individualised study programme
  14. Arrangements for students following more than one degree programme in parallel
  15. Transfers
  16. Arrangements for resuming study
  17. Leave of absence
  18. The diploma thesis
  19. The diploma examination
  20. Graduation
  21. Ranking of graduates
  22. Prizes and distinctions
  23. Liability of students
  24. Circumstances of striking students from the register of students
  25. Final and transitional provisions

§ 4.
Organisation of the academic year

  1. The academic year shall include: two semesters: a winter and summer semester;
  2. three class-free examination periods: a winter, summer and autumn examination period;
  3. a practical placement or field work, if included in the overall study schedule;
  4. winter, spring and summer holiday breaks, the total duration of which may not be shorter than six weeks, including at least four weeks of uninterrupted summer holidays.
  5. For full-time degree programmes and the evening study option in part-time programmes: each semester shall include 15 weeks of classes;
  6. each examination period shall last at least two weeks.
  7. For the extramural study option in part-time degree programmes: each semester shall include at least seven two- or three-day on-campus sessions;
  8. examination periods shall last for at least two on-campus sessions directly after the end of classes in each semester and for two on-campus sessions in the autumn examination period.
  9. The Rector shall establish the academic calendar for each academic year by regulation and publish it at least four months before the beginning of the year.
  10. Class-free days or hours may be established during the academic year by the Rector (“Rector’s days/hours”) and class-free hours by the Dean (“Dean’s hours”).
  11. The Dean shall set the dates of on-campus sessions for the extramural study option in extramural degree programmes and shall publish them at least one month before the beginning of a semester.
  12. Timetables for examination periods shall be established by the Dean, after consultation with the faculty-level student self-government body, taking into account the dates of examinations in foreign languages set by the Foreign Language Centre. Timetables for the winter and summer examination periods should be published no later than four weeks before the beginning of the period; the timetable for the autumn examination period should be published simultaneously with that for the summer examination period.
  13. In order to conduct examinations: at least two dates shall be set in the winter examination period for each course of the winter semester;
  14. at least two dates shall be set in the summer examination period for each course of the summer semester;
  15. at least one date shall be set in the autumn examination period for each course of the winter and summer semesters – except at the faculties where compulsory courses are taught in both semesters of the academic year, in which case at least one date shall be set for each course taught in the summer semester.
  16. The dates and number of examinations in foreign languages shall be laid down in the regulations for the completion of foreign language courses at the Warsaw University of Technology.