Academic Calendar

Ashesi's academic calendar is divided into two semesters. Students typically take four semester units per semester. A semester unit (typically 42 classroom contact hours and 14 discussion/lab contact hours) is defined as three (3) hours per week of classroom time and 1 or 1.5 hours of discussion/lab time per week over a period of fifteen weeks.  

*** All dates are subject to change

Semester 1, August – December 2017 

EVENT

DATE

Orientation for new faculty and faculty interns    Week of August 21st
Classes begin for continuing students    August 28th
Continuing students meet with advisors if off track from cohort   Week of August 28th
Registration ends for continuing students     August 29th 
Freshmen arrive    September 6th 
Freshman orientation   September 7th -10th 
Matriculation for freshmen   September 8th
End of adding and dropping courses for continuing students   September 8th 
Classes begin for first year courses     September 11th
Advising Weeks for continuing students  September 11th – 22nd 
Mid-Semester break for all students   October 23rd – 27th 
Classes resume for all students      October 30th 
Last day for late drop  November 3rd
Course Evaluations  Week of December 4th 
Last day of classes for all students   December 7th
Revision days for all students    December 8th -10th
End of semester exams for all students   December 11th – 15th 
Break begins for all students    December 15th  

Holidays:  

  • Eid al Adha (Friday, September 1st (estimated))
  • Founder’s Day (Thursday, September 21st )
  • Farmers’ Day (Friday, December 1st)
  • Campus Closed for Holiday (December 19th – January 1st)

 

Semester 2, January – June 2018  

 EVENT

DATE
Campus re-opens  Tuesday, January 2nd 
Classes begin for first year courses    January 8th 
Freshmen meet with Heads of Departments or Academic Registry if off track from cohort      Week of January 8th
Registration ends for freshmen    January 9th
End of adding and dropping courses for freshmen     January 12th
Classes begin for continuing students     January 15th 
Continuing students meet with advisors if off track from cohort  Week of January 15th  
Registration ends for continuing students    January 16th
End of adding and dropping courses for continuing students   February 2nd 
Advising Weeks for continuing students  February 12th – 23rd 
Mid-Semester break for all students    March 5th - 9th
Classes resumes for all students  March 12th 
Last day for late drop  March 16th
All Campus Evaluations    Week of April 16th
Last day of classes for seniors   April 20th 
Revision for seniors   April 21st – 22nd 
Final exams for seniors    April 23rd - 25th
Last day of classes for continuing students   April 25th 
Capstone presentations for seniors   April 26th - 27th 
Revision for continuing students     April 26th – 29th
End of spring semester for seniors   April 27th 
Final exams for continuing students      April 30th, May 2nd - 4th 
Last day of classes for freshmen   May 3rd 
End of spring semester for continuing students  May 4th 
Revision for freshmen    May 4th - 7th 
Final exams for freshmen     May 8th - 11th 
End of spring semester for freshmen   May 11th  
Commencement June 23rd 

 

Semester  3,  June - July, 2018

 EVENT

DATE
Classes begin for all students June 11th 
Registrations ends for all students June 12th 
Classes end for all students July 18th
Final Exams for all students July 19th – 20th 
End of summer semester for all students July 20th 

Holidays 

  • Independence Day (Tuesday, March 6th)
  • Easter (Friday-Mon, March 30th – 2nd April)
  • Labor Day (Tuesday, May 1st)
  • African Union Day (Friday, May 25th)
  • Eid al Fitr (Friday, June 15th (estimated))
  • Republic Day (Monday, July 2rd)

 

ACADEMIC CALENDAR 2018/2019

Semester 1 August – December 2018 

 EVENT 

DATE
Freshmen arrive August 22nd 
Freshmen orientation August 23rd -  26th
Matriculation for freshmen August 24th 
Classes begin August 27th  
Registration ends August 28th 
End of adding and dropping courses September 7th 
Mid-Semester break October 22rd – 26th  
Classes resume October 29th 
Last day of classes December 5th 
Revision December 6th – 9th 
End of semester exams December 10th – 14th  
End of semester  December 14th  

 

Holidays

  • Eid al Adha (Tuesday, August 21st estimated)
  • Founder’s Day (Friday, September 21st)
  • Farmers’ day (Friday, December 7th)

 

Semester 2, January - June 2019

 EVENT 

DATE
Classes begin January 14th 
Registration ends January 15th
Mid-Semester break March 4th to 8th  
Classes resume March 11th  
Last day of classes for seniors April 18th  
Revision for seniors April 19th and 22nd 
Final exams for seniors April 23rd to 26th 
Last day of classes for non-seniors  April 26th 
Revision for non-seniors April 29th - 30th 
End of semester for seniors April 30th 
End of semester exams for non-seniors May 2nd - 3rd, May 6th – 7th  
End of semester  May 7th  
Commencement June 22nd (Tentative)

 

Semester  3,  June - July, 2019

Classes begin June 10th 
Classes end July 17th
Final Exams July 18th – 19th 

 

Holidays

  • Independence Day (March 6th)
  • Easter Holidays April (19th – 22nd)
  • Labor Day (May 1st)
  • Eid al Fitr (Wednesday, June 5th (estimated))