The Academic Year

The academic year covers the entire period of the calendar year. The structure of the academic year is established according to the timetable set by the Senate of the University of Bucharest. The academic year is composed of several periods.

Each period of the academic year involves specific procedures and academic tasks. The students of FSPUB are invited to consult carefully the academic year calendar and follow the rules set by the FSPUB Council and Secretariat.


Annual sessions of admission for each cycle are determined by the FSPUB Council, according to the schedule of the University of Bucharest. Admissions for undergraduate studies take place in July, and admissions for the master and doctoral programs occur in September.

Teaching is divided into two semesters. The teaching activity period spans between October and January and from February to May. The total duration of the academic activity during one academic year is 28 weeks.

Exam Sessions

Examination sessions are held at the end of each semester: from January to February and May to June. At the end of each year of study, in September for the first years of the cycles of study (years I and II for the undergraduates, and the first year of the Master's cycle) and in June for the final years, students have the opportunity to retake exams, including for obtaining better grades compared to those obtained during the previous sessions.


Valued by both students and teachers, holidays fragment the academic year.

The educational activities of the first semester break during the official winter holidays (around Christmas and for the New Year). In the second semester students can expect a few days off around Easter. The 1st of December and the 1st of May are national holidays and usually there are no classes during these two days.

The two semesters are separated by the break following the first examination session, while the end of the second semester examination session marks the beginning of the summer holidays.


The Department of Political Science at the University of Bucharest follows the Bologna system:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA): 3 years (6 semesters)
  • Master of Arts (MA): 2 years (4 semesters)
  • Doctoral studies: 3 years (6 semesters).

Students who were not able to meet all academic and administrative requirements necessary for graduation by attending the normal life cycle studies for which they had registered can be granted up to 2 additional semesters. Additional semesters are granted on request, with approval of Dean, but only on condition of covering tuition.

BA and MA defense

Final examinations of each course take place in June and in February.

Structure of the Academic Year 2009-2010