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Academic Year and Calendar

Our academic year is made up of two semesters:

  • First/Fall semester: September - January

  • Second/Spring semester: January - May

One semester represents 30 ECTS.

Our academic year begins on 3 September 2018.

More details are available depending on your campus:

- Villejean (Rennes)

- La Harpe (Rennes)

- Mazier (Saint-Brieuc)

Semester Dates

  • Semester 1 classes start on: 10 September 2018 
  • End of classes: 15 December 2018


  • Semester 2 classes begin on: 14 January 2019
  • End of classes: April 13, 2019

Exam Dates

1st Semester exam period:

  • From 17 to 22 December 2018 (UEO, mineures et contrôles continus)
  • From 7 to 12 January 2019

2nd Semester exam period:

  • From 23 to 27 avril 2019 (UEO, mineures et contrôles continus)
  • From 29 April to 6 May 2019


  • From 11 to 22 June 2019

Vacation Periods:

  • Fall: From 29 October to 3 November 2018
  • Christmas: From 24 December 2018 to 5 January 2019
  • Winter: From 18 February to 23 February 2019
  • Spring: From 15 April to 20 2019

Licence (Bachelor's Degree Program)

The Bachelor’s degree consists of six semesters, each consisting of credit modules (UE or "unités d'enseignement"). Each semester is equivalent to 30 ECTS Credits (European Credit Transfer System). Some modules are mandatory, while others are elective, allowing students to choose both an academic program and a professional orientation.

The information week takes place in September, including conferences and meetings with professors which allow students to better understand our academic system. 

Organization of Courses

CM: Cours Magistral is a lecture given to a large number of students (generally in an auditorium)

TD/TP: Travaux Dirigés / Travaux pratiques are courses given to smaller groups of students in regular classrooms (around 45 students)

Please be aware that for numerous disciplines, a single course can include a CM and a TD, which may be taught by different teachers. If that is the case, you will need to attend both as they are complementary and mandatory. Examinations will cover what was material taught in both CM and TD.

Quick Guide to some key acronyms:

UFR: Faculty and Research Unit 

EU: Teaching Unit

UEO - Open teaching units

UEL - Language Teaching Unit

Enseignements d'ouverture (UEO)

UEO can be roughly translated as Open Teaching Units. Taken by students in their 2nd and 3rd year of Licence (Bachelor's program), it offers the opportunity to construct a personalized educational path by offering students different types of elective courses.

Every semester, students must follow 48 hours of UEO classes. Each type of EUO proposed makes it possible to validate 24 hours. The description of each type of UEO is detailed in the Brochure (on the right of this page).

Courses for Exchange Students

The  International Office has put together a course guide for exchange students. It presents the courses that exchange students can choose for free as well as the teaching schedule and procedures (ECTS per course, assessment and evaluation procedures, etc.).

Generally, exchange students can choose their courses in a maximum of two departments, plus the language support class in French as a Foreign Language at the CIREFE if desired; at least 50% of the selected courses must be connected to the students’ specialty. Priority is given to students for whom there is a specific agreement with the department.

International students can have access to courses in a department for which there is no specific agreement only within the limit of the number of places available. For more information please contact the International Office.