The academic year consists of two 14-week (70 work days) semesters. The Fall Semester lasts from September to January and the Spring Semester lasts from February to June. There are separate academic calendars for the Faculties of Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine and Law. The University Senate can extend or shorten the length of semesters if necessary.
|New Year’s Day||1 January|
|National Sovereignty Day / Children’s Holiday||23 April|
|Labour and Solidarity Day||01 May|
|Atatürk Commemoration and Youth & Sports Day||19 May|
|Victory Day||30 August|
|Republic Day||29 October|
Ramazan Bayrami: Three-day festival when sweets are eaten to celebrate the end of the fast of Ramadan month. Also known as "Şeker (sweets) Bayramı" since it's customary to offer candies to family members and friends that are visiting.
Kurban Bayrami: Four-day festival when sheep or cows are sacrificed and their meat distributed to the poor.
The dates of these religious festivals change according to the Islamic calendar and thus occur 10-11 days (exact difference between Gregorian and Lunar calendars is 10 days and 21 hrs) earlier each year.