Key dates

If you're applying for an Erasmus+ programme at The University of Manchester, you should make a note of the key dates taking place both before and during your time here.

Application deadlines

The deadlines for the receipt of applications depend on the period of study for which you are applying:

  • Full academic year (September–June): 1 June
  • Fall semester (September–January): 1 June 
  • Spring semester (January–June): 1 November

As a rule, examinations normally take place during the last three weeks of the semester.

Orientation dates

To help you make the most of your time in Manchester, we strongly encourage all students to attend our orientation course.

Semester dates 

New undergraduate and foundation year students
Semester 1 teaching starts 5 October 2020
Christmas break starts – non-teaching period 21 December 2020
Christmas break ends – non-teaching period 11 January 2021
Revision period – non-teaching period 1117 January 2021
Semester 1 assessments and exams 18-29 January 2021
Semester 1 ends 31 January 2021
Break – non-teaching period 17 February 2021
Semester 2 starts 8 February 2021
Easter break starts – non-teaching period 29 March 2021
Easter break ends – non-teaching period 11 April 2021
Semester 2 assessments and exams 19 May9 June 2021
Semester 2 ends 11 June 2021
Returning undergraduate students
Semester 1 teaching starts 5 October 2020
Christmas break starts – non-teaching period 21 December 2020
Christmas break ends – non-teaching period 11 January 2021
Revision period – non-teaching period 1117 January 2021
Semester 1 assessments and exams 1829 January 2021
Semester 1 ends 31 January 2021
Break – non-teaching period 17 February 2021
Semester 2 starts 8 February 2021
Easter break starts – non-teaching period 29 March 2021
Easter break ends – non-teaching period 11 April 2021
Semester 2 assessments and exams 19 May9 June 2021
Semester 2 ends 11 June 2021
Postgraduate taught students (new and returning)
Semester 1 teaching starts 26 October 2020
Christmas break starts – non-teaching period 21 December 2020
Christmas break ends – non-teaching period 4 January 2021
Semester 1 teaching continues 422 January 2021
Semester 1 assessments and exams 25 January5 February 2021
Semester 1 ends 5 February 2021
Semester 2 starts 8 February 2021
Easter break starts – non-teaching period 29 March 2021
Easter break ends – non-teaching period 11 April 2021
Semester 2 assessments and exams 19 May9 June 2021
Semester 2 ends 11 June 2021

Full table of 2020/21 academic year dates

New undergraduate and foundation year students
University welcome week and induction programme 21 September 2020
School and programme induction activities 28 September 2020
Semester 1 teaching starts 5 October 2020
Christmas break starts – non-teaching period 21 December 2020
Christmas break ends – non-teaching period 10 January 2021
Revision period – non-teaching period 1117 January 2021
Semester 1 assessments and exams 18-29 January 2021
Semester 1 ends 31 January 2021
Break – non-teaching period 17 February 2021
Semester 2 starts 8 February 2021
Easter break starts – non-teaching period 29 March 2021
Easter break ends – non-teaching period 11 April 2021
Semester 2 assessments and exams 19 May9 June 2021
Semester 2 ends 11 June 2021
Returning undergraduate students
Welcome back week with School and programme level introductions 28 September 2020
Semester 1 teaching starts 5 October 2020
Christmas break starts – non-teaching period 21 December 2020
Christmas break ends – non-teaching period 10 January 2021
Revision period – non-teaching period 1117 January 2021
Semester 1 assessments and exams 1829 January 2021
Semester 1 ends 31 January 2021
Break – non-teaching period 17 February 2021
Semester 2 starts 8 February 2021
Easter break starts – non-teaching period 29 March 2021
Easter break ends – non-teaching period 11 April 2021
Semester 2 assessments and exams 19 May9 June 2021
Semester 2 ends 11 June 2021
Postgraduate taught students (new and returning)
University welcome and induction programme 5 and 12 October 2020
School and programme induction activities 19 October 2020
Semester 1 teaching starts 26 October 2020
Christmas break starts – non-teaching period 21 December 2020
Christmas break ends – non-teaching period 3 January 2021
Semester 1 teaching continues 422 January 2021
Semester 1 assessments and exams 25 January5 February 2021
Semester 1 ends 5 February 2021
Semester 2 starts 8 February 2021
Easter break starts – non-teaching period 29 March 2021
Easter break ends – non-teaching period 11 April 2021
Semester 2 assessments and exams 19 May9 June 2021
Semester 2 ends 11 June 2021

2021/22 academic year

The two tables below show the key dates for:

New undergraduate and postgraduate taught students
Semester 1 teaching starts 27 September 2021
Christmas break starts – non-teaching period 20 December 2021
Christmas break ends – non-teaching period 2 January 2022
Semester 1 assessment and exams 17–28 January 2022
Semester 1 ends 30 January 2022
Welcome to Semester 2 activities – non-teaching period 31 January–6 February 2022
Semester 2 starts 7 February 2022
Easter break starts – non-teaching period 11 April 2022
Easter break ends – non-teaching period 24 April 2022
Semester 2 assessment and exams 23 May12 June 2022
Semester 2 ends 12 June 2022
Returning students
Semester 1 teaching starts 27 September 2021
Christmas break starts – non-teaching period 20 December 2021
Christmas break ends – non-teaching period 2 January 2022
Semester 1 assessment and exams 17–28 January 2022
Semester 1 ends 30 January 2022
Welcome to Semester 2 activities – non-teaching period 31 January7 February 2022
Semester 2 starts 7 February 2022
Easter break starts – non-teaching period 11 April 2022
Easter break ends – non-teaching period 24 April 2022
Semester 2 assessment and exams 23 May12 June 2022
Semester 2 ends 12 June 2022

Full table of 2021/22 academic year dates

New undergraduate and postgraduate taught students
Online induction 13 September 2021
University and programme induction 20 September 2021
Semester 1 teaching starts 27 September 2021
Christmas break starts – non-teaching period 20 December 2021
Christmas break ends – non-teaching period 2 January 2022
Self-directed study/assessment preparation – non-teaching period 316 January 2022
Semester 1 assessments and exams 17–28 January 2022
Semester 1 ends 30 January 2022
Welcome to Semester 2 activities – non-teaching period 31 January7 February 2022
Semester 2 starts 7 February 2022
Prep for study/fieldwork/project – non-teaching period 4 April 2022
Easter break starts – non-teaching period 11 April 2022
Easter break ends – non-teaching period 24 April 2022
Semester 2 assessments and exams 23 May10 June 2022
Semester 2 ends 12 June 2022
Returning students
Welcome back and induction 20 September 2021
Semester 1 teaching starts 27 September 2021
Christmas break starts – non-teaching period 20 December 2021
Christmas break ends – non-teaching period 2 January 2022
Self-directed study/assessment preparation – non-teaching period 317 January 2022
Semester 1 assessments and exams 17–28 January 2022
Semester 1 ends 30 January 2022
Welcome to Semester 2 activities – non-teaching period 31 January7 February 2022
Semester 2 starts 7 February 2022
Prep for study/fieldwork/project – non-teaching period 4 April 2022
Easter break starts – non-teaching period 11 April 2022
Easter break ends – non-teaching period 24 April 2022
Semester 2 assessments and exams 23 May10 June 2022
Semester 2 ends 12 June 2022