The basic unit of the Italian system of higher education is the Academic year. It is divided up in two semesters. Lectures are usually held from Monday to Friday.
There are two half term holidays around Christmas and Easter, and a long summer holiday from July to the opening of the next Academic year.
All Saints’ Day, November 1st
Immaculate Conception, December 8th
Christmas Holidays, December 23rd – January 8th
Easter Holidays, from the Thursday before Easter to the following Wednesday
Liberation Day, April 25th
Labour Day, May 1st
Feast of the Republic, June 2nd
Summer Holidays, August – depending on the Faculty)
Please note that generally the Italian University academic year is from October 1st to September 30th
The first semester starts mid-September/October and ends about December 20th. The second semester starts on March 1st and ends May 31st. These dates do not include examinations.
In February there is a long recess for mid-year examinations.