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 2017: Sunday 8th October to Saturday 2nd December 2017

  • Arrival date: Tuesday 3rd October 2017
  • Departure date: Saturday 2nd December 2017

Hilary Term 2018: Sunday 14th January to Saturday 10th March 2017

  • Arrival date: Wednesday 10th January 2018 (although you will be able to return to college from Sunday 7th January 2018)
  • Departure date: Saturday 10th March 2018 (although dependent on first year exams)

Trinity Term 2018: Sunday 22nd April to Saturday 16th June 2018

  • Arrival date: Wednesday 18th April 2018 (although you will be able to return to college from Sunday 15th April 2018)
  • Departure date: Saturday 16th June 2018 (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 3rd 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 21st September 2017, for a course start date of Friday 22nd September 2017. 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.