University of Cambridge Academic Year

University of Cambridge Academic Year

University of Cambridge Academic Year, Term dates and calendars

Graduate students operate on the basis of the academic year which extends beyond the end of the Easter Term.
The Academic year commences on 1st October and finishes on 30th September each year.

Dates for General Admission (the degree ceremony mainly for undergraduate awards) and other degree ceremonies are listed separately. Graduands should check with their College’s Praelector to find on which of the dates their College will be represented.

Year Full Michaelmas term Full Lent term Easter day Full Easter term
2016-17 Tue 4 Oct – Fri 2 Dec Tue 17 Jan – Fri 17 Mar 16 Apr Tue 25 April – Fri 16 Jun
2017-18 Tue 3 Oct – Fri 1 Dec Tue 16 Jan – Fri 16 Mar 1 Apr Tue 24 April – Fri 15 Jun
2018-19 Tue 2 Oct – Fri 30 Nov Tue 15 Jan – Fri 15 Mar 21 Apr Tue 23 April – Fri 14 Jun
2019-20 Tue 8 Oct – Fri 6 Dec Tue 14 Jan – Fri 13 Mar 12 Apr Tue 21 April – Fri 12 Jun


Division of Term is half-way through Term (not Full Term). The dates are the same for every year except for Easter term: 9 November, 13 February, and 14 May or 21 May depending on whether Easter Term starts on 10 April or 17 April.

From the Statutes and Ordinances of the University of Cambridge

  • The Michaelmas Term shall begin on 1 October and shall consist of eighty days, ending on 19 December. The Lent Term shall begin on 5 January and shall consist of eighty days, ending on 25 March or in any leap year on 24 March. The Easter Term shall begin on 10 April and shall consist of seventy days ending on 18 June, provided that in any year in which full Easter Term begins on or after 22 April the Easter Term shall begin on 17 April and end on 25 June.
  • Full Term shall consist of three-fourths of the whole term reckoned from the first day of Full Term as hereinafter determined.