What is the duration of my exchange semester at FH Vorarlberg?

The academic year at FH Vorarlberg is divided into two semesters: Winter (= autumn/fall) semester and Summer (= spring) semester. Each semester has a duration of 15 teaching weeks.

Please note that the semester dates for the semesters taught in English in the Bachelor's degree programmes differ from the semester dates for the semesters which are taught in German. The semester dates of the Master's degree programmes are different too.

For the organisation of your exchange semester it is important to consider the different semester dates.

Detailed information regarding the semester durations of all degree programmes you can find at the Academic Calender.

Semester duration: Exchange semesters Bachelor degree programmes (English conducted semesters)


Autumn (winter) semester 2023/2024

Expected arrival16/08/2023 -18/08/2023
Welcome week (compulsory attendance) 21/08/2023 - 24/08/2023

Bachelor studies
International Business Bachelor (semester 5)25/08/2023 - 14/12/2023
Mechatronics Bachelor (semester 5)28/08/2023 - 22/12/2023
Electrical Engineering Dual Bachelor (semester 5) 28/08/2023 - 22/12/2023
Computer Sciences – Software and Information Engineering Bachelor (semester 5) 28/08/2023 - 15/12/2023
Environment and Engineering Bachelor (semester 5)28/08/2023 - 15/12/2023

Master studies
Mechatronics Master (semester 3)30/08/2023 - 03/02/2024
Sustainable Energy Systems (semester 3)20/09/2023 - 09/02/2024


Spring (summer) semester 2024

Expected arrival15/02/2024 - 16/02/2024
Welcome week (compulsory attendance)19/02/2024 - 22/02/2024

Bachelor studies
International Business Bachelor (semester 4)23/02/2024 - 21/06/2024
InterMedia Bachelor (semester 4)26/02/2024 - 28/06/2024
Social Work Bachelor (semester 4)28/02/2024 - 21/06/2024
International Business Bachelor (semester 6)15/02/2024 - 28/06/2024*
Computer Sciences – Digital Innovation Bachelor (semester 6) 26/02/2024 - 21/06/2024

Master studies
International Management and Leadership Master (semester 2)23/02/2024 - 06/07/2024
Computer Science Master (semester 2)22/02/2024 - 12/07/2024
Computer Science Master (semester 4)individual**
Mechatronics Master (semester 4)individual**
Social Work Master (semester 4)23/02/2024 - 30/06/2024
Sustainable Energy Systems Master (semester 4)23/02/2024 - 01/06/2024

* exact semester dates may vary depending the dates of the Professional Practical Training
** individual tutoring of Master thesis, no regular lectures


Usually, exams at FH Vorarlberg need to be taken at the end of the semester. However, sometimes exams are also held during the course of the semester. Depending on the class, they are either oral or written exams. Lecturers may also ask for assignments that have to be completed outside of class.

The effective duration of the semester depends on the selected courses.


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