Academic Calendar

Here you can see the UNSW Academic Calendar. Please check the starting dates for each of your courses in the Class Timetable as they will vary depending on the teaching period. Most teaching periods fall between early March and late November, in Semesters 1 and 2. Summer Term offers a limited range of courses in December and January.

This calendar is for all students except AGSM MBA, Medicine (Undergraduate) and UNSW Canberra.

Summer Term27 Nov 2017 - 12 Feb 201826 Nov 2018 - 9 Feb 2019
Teaching period U127 Nov 2017 - 2 Feb 201826 Nov 2018 - 1 Feb 2019
Teaching period U1C4 Dec 2017 - 25 Jan 20183 Dec 2018 - 25 Jan 2019
Teaching recess16 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 201815 Dec 2018 - 1 Jan 2019
UNSW Shutdown20 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018TBC
Teaching period U1B2-25 Jan2-25 Jan 2019
Study period U1B, U1C27 Jan - 1 FebN/A
Study period U13-8 FebN/A
Exams U1B, U1C2-6 Feb29 Jan - 2 Feb 2019
Exams U19-12 Feb4-9 Feb 2019
Semester 126 Feb - 25 Jun 2018

UNSW is moving to a new academic calendar from Term 1, 2019 (February 2019).

See 2019-2020 dates.

O-Week19-23 Feb
Teaching period T126 Feb - 1 Jun
Teaching period T1A5 Mar - 20 Apr*
Teaching recess30 Mar - 8 Apr*
Teaching period T1B23 Apr - 1 Jun
Study period T12-7 Jun
Exams T18-25 Jun
Mid-year recess26 Jun - 22 Jul
Semester 223 Jul - 20 Nov 2018

UNSW is moving to a new academic calendar from Term 1, 2019 (February 2019).

See 2019-2020 dates.

O-Week18-20 Jul
Teaching period T223 Jul - 26 Oct
Teaching period T2A30 Jul - 7 Sep
Teaching recess22 Sep - 1 Oct
Teaching period T2B10 Sep - 26 Oct
Teaching period T2C17 Sep - 21 Dec
Study period T227 Oct - 1 Nov
Exams T22-20 Nov

Last updated 7 November 2017


  • Semester 1 teaching recess* always begins on Good Friday (Easter), so varies each year. Teaching recesses apply to all teaching periods in the given semester.
  • Standard university teaching hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 9pm. If you are enrolled in a class taught in non-standard hours or format (e.g. on weekends or in intensive format), you should refer to the teaching start and end dates on your myUNSW class timetable (or as advised by your course convenor) as these may differ from the standard calendar dates listed above.
  • What are T1, T2A, U1B etc? Some of the dates on this page include abbreviations (such as T1, T2, U1) that refer to specific periods of teaching in each semester. These abbreviations are explained on the Teaching Periods page.

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