How semesters are arranged?   


The academic year at NJU is divided into two semesters: a spring semester and a fall one.


A semester usually lasts 17 weeks, of which the last 2 weeks are set aside for exam review. The school year starts in September, which is also the start of the fall semester; the spring semester usually starts in February.


The summer vacation begins in July, and lasts for about 8 weeks. Winter vacation is determined by the date of the Chinese Spring Festival, also known as Chinese New Year, and because the date of this festival differs from year to year, the length of the winter break is not fixed. It usually begins 12 days before the start of the festival, and lasts about 5 weeks in all.




International exchange students enjoy the same holidays as Chinese students. The university does not break for holidays which are recognized by other countries. 
Apart from winter and summer vacations, important holidays include:

January 1st    


New Years Day      


1 day vacation    




Spring Festival   


7 days vacation   


April 5th    


Qing Ming Festival 


1 day vacation 


May 1st    


Labor Day 


1 day vacation 




Dragon Boat Festival   


1 day vacation 




Mid-autumn Festival   


1 day vacation 


October 1st---7th    


National Day    


7 days vacation