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The standard academic calendar consists1 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 of 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 Duration Remarks
Semester 1 Semester 2

Orientation Week

1 week

--

Commences on first Monday of August each year.
The academic year starts off with the Freshmen Inauguration Ceremony.

Instructional Period -- part 1

6 weeks

6 weeks

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.

Recess Week

1 week

1 week

From Saturday to the following Sunday.

Instructional Period -- part 2

7 weeks

7 weeks

Classes resume on Monday immediately following the Recess Week.

Reading Week

1 week

1 week

Lasts from Saturday of the final week of the preceding Instructional Period to Friday the following week.

Examination

2 weeks

2 weeks

Starts on the Saturday immediately following Reading Week.

Total Duration 18 weeks 17 weeks  

Vacation

4-5 weeks

12-13 weeks

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.

1 The Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry operate on a slightly different academic calendar structure.
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2013/2014
 
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