Academic calendar and deadlines

General schedule for the 2014/2015
at
Collegium Da Vinci in Poznań, Poland

Full-time studies

Winter semester
Semester startsSemester ends
September 29, 2014 February 6, 2015

Inauguration of the Academic Year: September 29th, 2014 r.
Days with no classes:
October 31, 2014 r., November 10, 2014 r., January 2, 2015 r., January 5, 2015 r.
Holidays: November 11th, January 1st, January 6th
Christmas break: December 22, 2014 – December 31, 2014
Winter Final Exam Period: February 9-22, 2014
Winter Final Exam, 2nd attempt: February 23-27, 2015

Spring semester
Semester startsSemester ends
March 2, 2015 June 26, 2015

Days with no classes:
April 2-3, 2015, April 7, 2015, June 5, 2015
Holidays: April 6th, May 1st, June 4th
Graduation Ceremony: July 4-5, 2015
Summer Final Exam Period: June 29 – July 12, 2015
Summer Final Exam 2nd attempt: July 12-19, 2015

RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS (no classes):

Epiphany (January 6th) - celebrated in many Chrisitian denominations and commemorates the visit of the Three Magi to the Baby Jesus.

Easter (a moveable holiday) - one of the most important Christian holidays, celebrating death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, when people prepare special baskets of eggs painted by children, bring them (along with slices of ham/sausage, bread and salt) to churches for blessing with holy water to ensure prosperity for the household; celebrated in March or April.

Day of Pentecost – falls within 7 weeks of Easter Sunday and is often called Zielone Świątki (Green Holiday) as it was used to mark an ancient Slavic fertility festival linked with the celebration of spring, later adopted by the Christian faith to mark the descent of the Holy Ghostt upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ.

Corpus Christi - Celebrated 60 days after Easter (usually in late May or early June), Corpus Christi is both a day off and a religious holiday. It is marked by religious processions through towns and villages, prayer, and attendance of church services.

Ascension of Virgin Mary (August 15th ) - in religious terms it celebrates the Virgin Mary's assent into heaven, but it is also the Armed Forces Day, marked by military shows, parades and open hours at military facilities to look at.

All Saints Day (1st November) – it holds a similar spot in the minds of Poles as Thanksgiving does for Americans. People travel long distances on this day to visit the graves of their loved ones, family and friends, light candles, lay flowers and reflect upon their lives. Special services are held in churches with prayers for the ones who have passed away. Many cemeteries allow collections for renovating historical tombstones in larger cities.

Christmas Eve and Christmas (December 24th, 25th-26th) - Christmas Eve is the most expected holiday in Poland and is called Wigilia. It is marked with just one vegetarian or simply meatless meal, made up of various kinds of fish, wild mushroom soup, and a special Christmas wafer (Opłatek) which has to be shared among everybody at table before dinner on that day. People buy and decorate Christmas trees and children always expect to find presents underneath it. Polish Christmas lasts two days which is good to keep in mind, as most stores and business will be closed for both days.

NATIONAL HOLIDAYS (no classes):

Labour Day (May 1st) – formerly a big communist political activity day with “All workers of the world unite!” theme, now typically a day family picnics and leisure time.

Constitution Day (May 3rd) - on this day in 1791 Poland proclaimed its first democratic constitution. It is often marked with military parades and open-air markets.

National Independence Day (November 11th) - on this day in 1918 Poland regained independence after 123 years of Partitions. It is also a day celebrating Saint Martin, one of the most popular saints for Poznań citizens. His military cloak which he shared with a beggar had been a symbol of Christian duty to the poor for many centuries. The celebration takes place in the city center, all along St Martin Street. The event begins with a colorful parade with a central figure of Saint Martin. Numerous platforms float through the street, bands play live music and people march along celebrating. On this holiday, the bakers of Poznan prepare and sell enourmous quantities of croissants (“rogal świętomarciński”), made especially according to the ancient recipe. It is as crescent-shaped croissant, filled with a white poppy seed and almond mix, topped with nuts and sugar coating. For those who love sweets, it is delicious! Take a look at the St.Martin’s Croissant Museum here: http://rogalowemuzeum.pl/en/.

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