Timetable for teaching in the academic year 2013-2014

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Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering complies with the common teaching period policy set by Aalto University. The President of the University has on 26 November 2012 decided on the timetable for teaching in the academic year 2013-2014. The School of Electrical Engineering has supplemented the President's decision with instructions for applying the decision (in Finnish only).

Autumn term 2013


Orientation week

2 - 7 Sept 2013

I Period

9 Sept - 26 Oct 2013

II Period

28 Oct - 14 Dec 2013

Spring term 2014


III Period

7 Jan - 22 Feb 2014

IV Period

24 Feb - 12 Apr 2014

V Period

14 Apr - 31 May 2014

As of the academic year 2013-2014 teaching in Aalto University will be divided into five periods. Each period is 7 weeks long. The autumn term comprises of two and the spring term of three periods. The teaching associated with courses is provided during the teaching periods. In addition to the teaching periods, teaching can also be organised during the summer.

The objective of the new period arrangement is to improve the rate of students' academic progress and ensure the opportunity for 9 months of full-time studies during the academic year. With the new arrangement, the number of courses within one teaching period can be decreased, which will also distribute the course load more evenly across the whole academic year.

Instructions for applying the teaching period decision in the School of Electrical Engineering

Separate examination or evaluation periods are no longer be organised. Instead, evaluation takes place during the teaching periods. There is also be no break in teaching during Easter.

The fifth period is not reserved for intensive teaching specifically; it is equal to the other periods. The last week of each period, the so-called feedback week, can be used for teaching, examinations or mid-term exams.

In the autumn term the periods remain the same for the most part, the only change being the removal of evaluation periods. In the spring term, however, the change is more significant. The spring term periods used to be 8 to 10 weeks long, whereas the new periods are all 7 weeks long. Also, teaching used to start later and end earlier in the old period arrangement.