Please read the following information about term dates.

The Oxford academic year is divided into three terms:

  • Michaelmas (autumn term)
  •  Hilary (spring term)
  • Trinity (summer term)

In Oxford, a week runs from Sunday to Saturday. Weeks during term-time are known as 0th Week, 1st Week (which is the first standard teaching week of term), 2nd Week etc.

First year undergraduate students

Michaelmas Term 2016: Sunday 9 October to Saturday 3 December 2016

  • Arrival date: Tuesday 4 October 2016
  • Departure date: Saturday 3 December 2016

Hilary Term 2017: Sunday 15 January to Saturday 10 March 2017

  • Arrival date: Wednesday 11 January 2017 (although you will be able to return to college from Sunday 8 January 2017)
  • Departure date: Saturday 10 March 2017 (although dependent on first year exams)

Trinity Term 2017: Sunday 22 April to Saturday 16 June 2017

  • Arrival date: Wednesday 18 April 2017 (although you will be able to return to college from Sunday 15 April 2017)
  • Departure date: Saturday 16 June 2017 (although dependent on first year exams)

At Somerville, first year undergraduates on standard courses are, in their first term, required to arrive at the College on Tuesday 4 October in 0th Week. Some first year courses have University exams after the end of Hilary and Trinity terms. You are therefore advised to wait until you have started your course and know your exam arrangements before booking travel for the ends of Hilary and Trinity terms. In all other terms, and in later years of your course, undergraduates on courses with standard term dates will be required to sign in at the College by 16.00 on Wednesday of 0th Week in each term.

First year Graduate Entry Medicine students

First year Graduate Entry Medicine students are required to arrive by Thursday 22 September 2016, for a course start date of Friday 23 September 2016. Graduate Entry Medicine students will also be required to sign in at the College before the start of each of their terms.

Graduate students

Please note that graduate taught courses will likely require you to be in Oxford outside the standard undergraduate term dates. For graduates working towards research degrees, term dates may be of little relevance.