The standard academic calendar* consists of two semesters and a special term. Each semester normally includes 13 weeks of instruction and 2 weeks of examinations. The special term takes place during the Semester 2 vacation period. It comprises two parts, each of which lasts 6 weeks and is inclusive of an examination period.
The table below presents the basic chronological structure of the two main semesters in any academic year.
|Recurring events in chronological order
||Commences on first Monday of August each year.
The academic year starts off with the Freshmen Inauguration Ceremony.
|Instructional Period -- part 1
||In Semester 1, this starts in the week immediately following Orientation Week.
For Semester 2, this commences on the second Monday of January each year**.
||From Saturday to the following Sunday.
|Instructional Period -- part 2
||Classes resume on Monday immediately following the Recess Week.
||Lasts from Saturday of the final week of the preceding Instructional Period to Friday the following week.
||Starts on the Saturday immediately following Reading Week.
||For Semester 1, this is during December to early January.
For Semester 2, this goes from May through July. The 2-part Special Term takes place during this vacation period, with each part being 6 weeks long.
* The Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry operate on a slightly different academic calendar structure.
** The University may start Semester 2 on the third Monday of January as deemed necessary in some years to maintain a 5-week vacation in December/January.
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