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Academic Calendar

The Northwestern University in Qatar Academic Calendar contains information about term start and end dates, course registration dates, deadlines for tuition payments, school holidays, and more.
Fall 2018 Date
Eid Al Adha Week Aug 19, 2018
International Student Orientation Aug 27, 2018
New Student Orientation - Wildcat Welcome Aug 28, 2018
Fall Registration for New Students Aug 30, 2018
Fall classes begin Sept 2, 2018
Change of Registration Week (Drop/Add) Sept 2, 2018
NU-Q Convocation Sept 2, 2018
Last day to add a class or change a section for Fall. Last day to drop a course without additional approval Sept 6, 2018
Census date Sept 10, 2018
No reductions are made to bills for dropped or swapped classes after this date. Last day for a tuition refund Sept 10, 2018
Last day to change status to or from part time with tuition adjustment Sept 10, 2018
Last day to change grading status from grade to P-N or vice versa for Fall Oct 4, 2018
Last day to withdraw from the university for Fall with academic adviser's approval Nov 1, 2018
Last day to drop a Fall class with academic adviser's approval. (No tuition adjustment after Sept 3, 2018) Nov 1, 2018
CTECs open Nov 25, 2018
Last day to petition to late withdraw for Fall. Requires approval of academic adviser, department chair, and senior academic officer Dec 6, 2018
Last day to petition to late drop for Fall. Requires approval of academic adviser, department chair, and senior academic officer Dec 6, 2018
Last day of Fall classes Dec 6, 2018
Fall examinations begin Dec 9, 2018
Fall examinations end Dec 13, 2018
Winter Break begins 6 p.m. Dec 13, 2018
CTEC's close at 11:59 p.m. Dec 15, 2018
Qatar National Day Dec 18, 2018
Fall grades due at 3 p.m. Dec 19, 2018
Grades available to students Dec 20, 2018
Last day to submit all outstanding documents for satisfying degree requirements for graduation Dec 20, 2018
Fall degrees conferred Dec 31, 2018
Spring 2019 Date
Spring tuition due Jan 1, 2019
Spring classes begin 8:30 a.m. Jan 13, 2019
Change of registration week (drop/add) Jan 13, 2019
The university recognizes the contributions of the American civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Offices will be open. Jan 14, 2019
Last day to add a class or change a section for Spring. Last day to drop without additional approval Jan 17, 2019
No reductions are made to bills for dropped or swapped classes after this date. Last day for a tuition refund. Jan 20, 2019
Last day to change status to or from part time with tuition adjustment Jan 20, 2019
Qatar National Sports Day Feb 12, 2019
Last day to change grading status from grade to P-N or vice versa for Spring Feb 14, 2019
Spring Break begins at 6pm Feb 28, 2019
Last day to file financial aid applications for returning students - Fall term Feb 28, 2019
Spring Break ends Mar 9, 2019
Spring classes resume 8 a.m. Mar 10, 2019
Last day to withdraw for Spring with academic adviser's approval Mar 21, 2019
Last day to drop a class for Spring with academic adviser's approval Mar 21, 2019
CTECs open April 14, 2019
Last day of Spring classes April 25, 2019
Last day to petition to late withdraw for Spring. Requires approval of academic adviser, department chair, and senior academic officer. April 25, 2019
Last day to petition to late drop for Spring. Requires approval of academic adviser, department chair, and senior academic officer. April 25, 2019
Spring examinations begin April 28, 2019
Spring examinations end May 2, 2019
CTECs close at 11:59pm May 4, 2019
Summer Break begins 6 p.m. May 2, 2019
Spring grades due at 3 p.m. May 7, 2019
NU-Q Graduation May 6, 2019
Qatar Foundation Convocation May 7, 2019
Grades available to students May 9, 2019
Last day to submit all outstanding documents for satisfying degree requirements for graduation May 9, 2019
Spring degrees conferred May 16, 2019
Summer Session 2019 Date
NU-Q Summer Session classes begin May 19, 2019
Change of registration (drop/add) and late registration for returning students May 19, 2019
Last day to add a class or change a section for Summer Session May 20, 2019
No reductions are made to bills for dropped or swapped classes after this date. Last day for a tuition refund. May 20, 2019
Last day to drop without academic review May 30, 2019
Last day to change grading status from letter grade to P-N or vice versa for Summer May 30, 2019
Eid Al Fitr holiday begins (no classes June 2-8; NU-Q offices closed June 4-6 – anticipated) June 2, 2019
Eid Al Fitr holiday ends June 8, 2019
Summer classes resume after Eid break June 9, 2019
CTECs open June 16, 2019
Last day of classes June 20, 2019
Summer examinations begin June 23, 2019
Summer examinations end June 24, 2019
CTECs close June 25, 2019
Summer grades due at 3 p.m. June 27, 2019
Summer grades available to students July 2, 2019
Last day to submit all outstanding documents for satisfying degree requirements for graduation July 2, 2019
Summer degrees conferred Aug 1, 2019
Fall Session 2019 Date
Eid Al Adha Week, expected dates for Eid-Al Adha August 11-15, 2019
Wildcat Welcome Week August 18, 2019
Fall Registration for transfer students August 21, 2019
Fall Registration for new students August 22, 2019
Fall classes begin August 25, 2019
NU-Q Convocation August 25, 2019
Change of registration week (Drop/Add) August 29, 2019
Last day to add a class or change a section for Fall. Last day to drop a course without additional approval. August 29, 2019
Census date September 1, 2019
No reductions are made to bills for dropped or swapped classes after this date. Last day for a tuition refund. September 3, 2019
Last day to change status to or from part time with tuition adjustment September 4, 2019
Last day to change grading status from grade to P-N or vice versa for Fall September 26, 2019
Last day of class before Fall Break October 10, 2019
Fall Break ends October 19, 2019
Fall classes resume October 20, 2019
Last day to withdraw from the university for Fall with academic adviser's approval October 31, 2019
Last day to drop a Fall class with academic adviser's approval October 31, 2019
CTEC's open November 17, 2019
Last day to petition to late withdraw for Fall. Requires approval of academic adviser, Program Director, and Senior Academic Dean December 5, 2019
Last day to petition to late drop for Fall. Requires approval of academic adviser, Program Director, and Senior Academic Dean December 5, 2019
Last day of Fall classes December 5, 2019
Fall examinations begin December 8, 2019
Fall examinations end December 12, 2019
CTEC's close at 11:59 p.m. December 14, 2019
Fall grades due at 3 p.m. December 17, 2019
Qatar National Day December 18, 2019
Fall grades available to students December 19, 2019
Last day to submit all outstanding documents for satisfying degree requirements for graduation. December 19, 2019
Fall degrees conferred December 31, 2019
Spring Session 2020 Date
Spring tuition due January 1, 2020
Spring Classes begin 8:30 a.m. January 12, 2020
Change of Registration Week (Drop/Add) January 12, 2020
Last day to add a class or change a section for Spring. Last day to drop without additional approval. January 16, 2020
No reductions are made to bills for dropped or swapped classes after this date. Last day for a tuition refund. January 20, 2020
Last day to change status to or from part time with tuition adjustment January 20, 2020
Qatar National Sports Day February 11, 2020
Last day to change grading status from grade to P-N or vice versa for Spring February 13, 2020
Last day of class before Spring Break February 27, 2020
Last day to file financial aid applications for returning students - fall term March 1, 2020
Spring Break ends March 7, 2020
Spring classes resume 8:30 a.m. March 8, 2020
Last day to withdraw for Spring with academic adviser's approval March 19, 2020
Last day to drop a class for Spring with academic adviser's approval March 19, 2020
CTEC's open April 5, 2020
Last day of Spring classes April 23, 2020
Last day to petition to late withdraw for Spring. Requires approval of academic adviser, Program Director, and Senior Academic Dean. April 23, 2020
Last day to petition to late drop for Spring. Requires approval of academic adviser, Program Director, and Senior Academic Dean. April 23, 2020
Anticipated First day of Ramadan 2020 April 24, 2020
Spring examinations begin April 26, 2020
Spring examinations end April 30, 2020
Summer break begins May 1, 2020
CTEC's close at 11:59pm May 2, 2020
NU-Q Commencement  May 4, 2020
Spring grades due at 3 p.m. May 5, 2020
QF Convocation  May 5, 2020

Spring grades available to students

May 7, 2020
Last day to submit all outstanding documents for satisfying degree requirements for graduation May 7, 2020
Spring degrees conferred May 14, 2020
Fall Session 2020 Date
NU-Q Summer session classes begin May 17, 2020
Change of Registration (Drop/Add)/Late registration for returning students May 18, 2020
Last day to add a class or change a section for summer session May 18, 2020
No reductions are made to bills for dropped or swapped classes after this date. Last day for a tuition refund. May 18, 2020
Eid Al Fitr holiday begins, anticpated Eid Days May 24-28, 2020
Eid Al Fitr holiday ends May 30, 2020
Summer classes resume after Eid break May 31, 2020
Last day to drop without academic review June 4, 2020
Last day to change grading status from grade to P-N or vice versa for summer June 4, 2020
CTECs open June 14, 2020
Last day of classes June 18, 2020
Summer examinations begin June 21, 2020
Summer examinations end June 23, 2020
CTECs close June 24, 2020
Summer grades due at 3 p.m. June 30, 2020
Summer grades available to students July 5, 2020
Last day to submit all outstanding documents for satisfying degree requirements for graduation July 5, 2020
Summer degrees conferred July 30, 2020
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