Beginning of the academic year: Public universities in Cyprus are autonomous as regards to their modus operandi and their schedules are determined by the universities themselves. The beginning of the academic year usually occurs between 1 and 15 September. (In the academic year 2013/14, at the UCY and CuT, classes start on 2 September, whereas OUC's first student-tutor communication takes place in the first week of October.)
Teaching activities and holiday periods: Public universities determine all periods of teaching activity and holidays. Holiday periods at public universities will take place as follows: 23 December 2013 - 12 January 2014 (Christmas, at the end of the autumn semester) 14 - 27 April 2014 (Easter, before the end of the spring semester) Summer sessions starts in early June and lasts for 7 weeks.
Examinations: Final examinations' periods and schedule are determined by the universities themselves whereas midterm examination dates may be set by faculty or faculty and students jointly. Only final examination periods appear on the academic calendar and these occur at the end of each semester.
Final examination periods in both UCY and CUT in 2013/14 will be as follows:
7 - 22 December 2013 for autumn semester 10 - 25 May 2014 for spring semester 21 - 25 July 2014 for summer session.
In OUC final examinations will take place in June 2014.
End of the academic year: End of the academic year The academic year traditionally ends at the end of July for all universities.