Academic Calendar

The LUC The Hague academic year consists of two semesters, each divided into two blocks. A block spans an eight week period: seven weeks of intensive teaching followed by a reading week in which there are typically no contact hours.  The reading week can, for example, be used to hand in essays, take-home exams or prepare for the next block.

Structure of the Academic Year

The LUC curriculum is taken over a period of three years, consisting of two semesters of two eight week blocks each. In the first year some courses are of­fered at semester length because of didactical principles allowing you to acquire new skills more gradually.

Each course meets twice per week (two times two hours), exceptions to this rule are some of the Global Challenges courses in the first year which have an additional two hour lecture each week (six hours per week in total), and language courses which also meet three times per week. Classes are scheduled in such a way that overlap is minimal and maximal choices are offered to our students.

Academic Calendar 2016-2017



Block 1

29 August 2016

21 October 2016

Autumn Break

22 October 2016

30 October 2016

Block 2

31 October 2016

23 December 2016

Winter break

24 December 2016

29 January 2017

Semester 2

Block 3

30 January 2017

24 March 2017

Spring Break

25 March 2017

2 April 2017

Block 4

3 April 2017

2 June 2017

(Note: block of nine weeks)

Start Summer Break

3 June 2017


Important Dates 2016- 2017

17 – 24 August

LUC The Hague Introduction Week*

29 August

Start Academic Year LUC The Hague

5 September

Opening Academic Year Leiden University

29 September

Dies Natalis LUC The Hague

3 October

Relief of Leiden - The College Building is closed

25 November

Cleveringa Oratie – No classes between 15:00 -18:00

date TBA Pantomime

26 – 30 December

Christmas break  – The College Building is closed

26 Dec.-29 Jan. Winter Break
16 January New Year's Toast
25 - 27 January Introduction Days February Intake
30 January  tart of Second Semester
1 February Winter Graduation

8 February

Dies Natalis Leiden University – No classes between 13:00-17:00

14 April Good Friday – The College Building is closed

17 April

Easter Monday – The College Building is closed

27 April

King’s Day – The College Building is closed

5 May

Liberation Day

25-26 May

Ascension Weekend – The College Building is closed

5 June

Whit Monday – The College Building is closed

date TBA

Dies Fatalis

6 July Summer Graduation

* Please note that the Introduction Week/Days is mandatory for first year students.

Last Modified: 05-01-2017