The academic year has two regular terms (Fall and Spring) and two non-regular terms (Winter and Summer). Each regular term normally has 13 weeks for scheduled classes. Immediately after the 13th week there is a short study break, followed by an examination period. There is a break in the Spring Term around Easter.
The Winter Term is scheduled between the two regular terms for special academic programs, research symposiums and other activities. The Summer Term bridges the end of the Spring Term and the beginning of the next Fall Term. Most students do not need to attend the Winter and Summer terms.
For the dates of term classes, study breaks, examination periods, public holidays, etc., see Calendar Dates for the 2013-14 Academic Year (pdf format).