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Academic Calendar (Undergraduate)

The Northwestern University in Qatar Academic Calendar contains information about term start and end dates, deadlines for add and drop, deadlines for CTEC, school holidays, and more.
Date Fall 2020
3-16 August, 2020 New Student Orientation (Asynchronous)
16 August, 2020 Registration for new students
17-20 August, 2020 New Student Orientation (Synchronous)
August 23, 2020 Fall classes begin
August 23, 2020 Change of Registration Week (Drop/Add)
August 23, 2020 NU-Q Convocation
August 27, 2020

Last day to add a class or change a section for Fall

Last day to drop a course without additional approval

September 1, 2020 Census Date
September 17, 2020 Last day to change grading status from grade to P-N for Fall
October 8, 2020 Last day of class before Fall Break
October 17, 2020 Fall Break ends
October 18, 2020 Fall classes resume
October 29, 2020 Last day to withdraw from the university for Fall with academic adviser's approval
October 29, 2020 Last day to drop a Fall class with academic adviser's approval.
November 15, 2020 CTEC's open
December 3, 2020

Last day to petition to late drop/ withdraw for Fall

Requires approval of academic adviser, Program Director, and Senior Associate Dean

December 3, 2020 Last day of Fall classes
December 6, 2020 Fall examinations begin
December 10, 2020 Fall examinations end
December 10, 2020 Winter Break begins 6 p.m.
December 12, 2020 CTEC's close at 11:59 p.m.
December 15, 2020 Fall grades due at 3 p.m.
December 18, 2020 Qatar National Day
December 21, 2020 Fall grades available to students
December 21, 2020 Last day to submit all outstanding documents for satisfying degree requirements for graduation
January 7, 2021 Fall degrees conferred
Date Spring 2021
January 10, 2021 Spring Classes begin 8:30 a.m.
January 10, 2021 Change of Registration Week (Drop/Add)
January 14, 2021

Last day to add a class or change a section for Spring. 

Last day to drop without additional approval

February 9, 2021 Qatar National Sports Day
February 11, 2021 Last day to change grading status from grade to P-N or vice versa for Spring
February 25, 2021 Last day of class before Spring Break
March 1, 2021 Last day to file financial aid applications for returning students - fall term
March 6, 2021 Spring Break ends
March 7, 2021 Spring classes resume 8:30 a.m.
March 18, 2021 Last day to withdraw for Spring with academic adviser's approval
March 18, 2021 Last day to drop a class for Spring with academic adviser's approval
April 4, 2021 CTEC's open
April 13, 2021 Anticipated First day of Ramadan 2021
April 22, 2021 Last day of classes for Spring Term
April 22, 2021

Last day to petition to late drop/ withdraw for Spring.

Requires approval of academic adviser, Program Director, and Senior Associate Dean

April 25, 2021 Spring examinations begin
April 29, 2021 Spring examinations end
April 29, 2021 Summer break begins 6 p.m.
May 1, 2021 CTEC's close at 11:59 p.m.
May 3, 2021 NU-Q Graduation 
May 4, 2021 Spring grades due at 3 p.m.
May 4, 2021 QF Convocation 
May 6, 2021 Spring Grades available to students
May 6, 2021 Last day to submit all outstanding documents for satisfying degree requirements for graduation
May 20, 2021 Spring degrees conferred
Date Summer 2021
May 12, 2021 Anticipated first day of Eid Al-Fitr
May 23, 2021 NU-Q Summer Session begin
May 23, 2021 Change of Registration (Drop/Add)
May 24, 2021 Last day to add a class or change a section for Summer
May 24, 2021 No reductions are made to bills for dropped or swapped classes after this date. Last day for a tuition refund
June 10, 2021 Last day to drop without academic review
June 10, 2021 Last day to change grading status from grade to P-N or vice versa for Summer
June 17, 2021 CTEC Open
June 24, 2021 Last day of classes
June 24, 2021

Last day to petition to late drop/ withdraw for Summer.

Requires approval of academic adviser, Program Director, and Senior Associate Dean

June 27, 2021 Summer 2021 Examination begins
June 28, 2021 Summer 2021 Examination ends
June 30, 2021 CTEC Close
July 1, 2021 Summer grades due at 3 p.m.
July 5, 2021 Summer Grades available to students
July 5, 2021 Last day to submit all outstanding documents for satisfying degree requirements for graduation
July 29, 2021 Summer degrees conferred
Date Fall 2021
August 15, 2021 Wildcat Welcome Week (New Student Orientation)
August 22, 2021 Fall classes begin
August 22, 2021 Change of Registration Week (Drop/Add)
August 22, 2021 NU-Q Convocation
August 26, 2021 Last day to add a class or change a section for Fall. Last day to drop a course without additional approval
September 1, 2021 Census Date
September 23, 2021 Last day to change grading status from grade to P-N or vice versa for Fall
October 7, 2021 Last day of class before Fall Break
October 16, 2021 Fall Break ends
October 17, 2021 Fall classes resume
October 28, 2021 Last day to withdraw from the university for Fall with academic adviser's approval
October 28, 2021 Last day to drop a Fall class with academic adviser's approval.
November 14, 2021 CTEC's open
December 2, 2021 Last day to petition to late withdraw for Fall.   Requires approval of academic adviser, Program Director, and Senior Academic Dean
December 2, 2021 Last day to petition to late drop for Fall.   Requires approval of academic adviser, Program Director, and Senior Academic Dean
December 2, 2021 Last day classes for Fall Term
December 5, 2021 Fall examinations begin
December 9, 2021 Fall examinations end
December 10, 2021 Winter Break begins
December 12, 2021 CTEC's close at 11:59 p.m.
December 15, 2021 Fall grades due at 3 p.m.
December 18, 2021 Qatar National Day
December 21, 2021 Fall grades available to students
December 21, 2021 Last day to submit all outstanding documents for satisfying degree requirements for graduation
January 6, 2022 Fall degrees conferred
Date Spring 2022
January 2, 2022 Spring Classes begin 8:30 a.m.
January 2, 2022 Change of Registration Week (Drop/Add)
January 6, 2022 Last day to add a class or change a section for Spring.   Last day to drop without additional approval
February 3, 2022 Last day to change grading status from grade to P-N or vice versa for Spring
February 8, 2022 Qatar National Sports Day
February 24, 2022 Last day of class before Spring Break
February 25, 2022 Spring Break begins
March 1, 2022 Last day to file financial aid applications for returning students - fall term
March 5, 2022 Spring Break ends
March 6, 2022 Spring classes resume 8:30 a.m.
March 10, 2022 Last day to withdraw for Spring with academic adviser's approval
March 10, 2022 Last day to drop a class for Spring with academic adviser's approval
March 27, 2022 CTEC's open
April 3, 2022 Anticipated First day of Ramadan 2022
April 14, 2022 Last day of Spring classes
April 14, 2022 Last day to petition to late withdraw for Spring.   Requires approval of academic adviser, Program Director, and Senior Academic Dean
April 14, 2022 Last day to petition to late drop for Spring.   Requires approval of academic adviser, Program Director, and Senior Academic Dean
April 17, 2022 Spring examinations begin
April 21, 2022 Spring examinations end
April 23, 2022 CTEC's close at 11:59 p.m.
April 22, 2022 Summer break begins
April 25, 2022 NU-Q Graduation; 
April 26, 2022 Spring grades due at 3 p.m.
April 28, 2022 Last day to submit all outstanding documents for satisfying degree requirements for graduation
April 28, 2022 Spring Grades available to students
May 1, 2022 Anticipated last day of Ramadan 2022
May 2, 2022 Anticipated first day of Eid-Al-Fitr 2022
May 10, 2022 QF Convocation
May 12, 2022 Spring degrees conferred
Date Summer 2022
May 15, 2022 NU-Q Summer Session Classes begin
May 15, 2022 Change of Registration (Drop/Add)
May 16, 2022 Last day to add a class or change a section for Summer Session
May 17, 2022 No reductions are made to bills for dropped or swapped classes after this date. Last day for a tuition refund
May 26, 2022 Last day to drop without academic review
May 26, 2022 Last day to change grading status from grade to P-N or vice versa for Summer
May 29, 2022 CTEC Open
June 9, 2022 Last day of classes
June 12, 2022 Summer examination begins
June 14, 2022 Summer examination ends
June 15, 2022 CTEC Close
June 19, 2022 Summer grades due at 3 p.m.
June 22, 2022 Summer Grades available to students
June 22, 2022 Last day to submit all outstanding documents for satisfying degree requirements for graduation
July 28, 2022 Summer degrees conferred
 Date Fall 2022
July 24, 2022 Wildcat Welcome Week (New Student Orientation)
July 27, 2022 Fall Registration for Transfer Students
July 28, 2022 Fall Registration for New Students
July 31, 2022 Fall Classes begin 8:30 a.m.
July 31, 2022 Change of Registration Week (Drop/Add)
July 31, 2022 NU-Q Convocation
August 4, 2022 Last day to add a class or change a section for Fall
Last day to drop a course without additional approval
August 8, 2022 Census Date
September 1, 2022 Last day to change grading status from grade to P-N or vice versa for Fall
September 15, 2022 Last day of class before Fall Break
September 19, 2022 Fall Break ends
September 20, 2022 Fall class resume after mid-term break
September 29, 2022 Last day to withdraw from the university for Fall with academic adviser's approval
September 29, 2022 Last day to drop a Fall class with academic adviser's approval
October 16, 2022 CTEC's open
November 3, 2022 Last day to petition to late withdraw for Fall
Requires approval of academic adviser, Program Director, and Senior Academic Dean
November 3, 2022 Last day to petition to late drop for Fall
Requires approval of academic adviser, Program Director, and Senior Academic Dean
November 3, 2022 Last day classes for Fall Term
November 6, 2022 Fall examinations begin
November 10, 2022 Fall examinations end
November 11, 2022 Winter Break begins
November 12, 2022 CTEC's close at 11:59 p.m.
November 14, 2022 Fall grades due at 3 p.m.
November 15, 2022 Last day to submit all outstanding documents for satisfying degree requirements for graduation
November 15, 2022 Fall grades available to students
 December 18, 2022 Qatar National Day
January 5, 2023 Fall degrees conferred
Date Spring 2023
January 8, 2023 Spring Classes begin 8:30 a.m.
January 8, 2023 Change of Registration Week (Drop/Add)
January 12, 2023 Last day to add a class or change a section for Spring
Last day to drop without additional approval
February 9, 2023 Last day to change grading status from grade to P-N or vice versa for Spring
February 14, 2023 Qatar National Sports Day
February 23, 2023 Last day of class before Spring Break
February 24, 2023 Spring Break begins
March 4, 2023 Spring Break ends
March 5, 2023 Spring classes resume 8:30 a.m.
March 16, 2023 Last day to withdraw for Spring with academic adviser's approval
March 16, 2023 Last day to drop a class for Spring with academic adviser's approval
March 23, 2023 Anticipated First day of Ramadan 2023
April 2, 2023 CTEC's open
April 20, 2023 Last day of Spring classes
April 20, 2023 Last day to petition to late withdraw for Spring
Requires approval of academic adviser, Program Director, and Senior Academic Dean
April 20, 2023 Last day to petition to late drop for Spring
Requires approval of academic adviser, Program Director, and Senior Academic Dean
April 21, 2023

Anticipated first day of Eid 2023;

Eid Al-Fitr break starts April 23, 2023

April 30, 2023 Spring examinations begin
May 4, 2023 Spring examinations end
May 5, 2023 Summer break begins
May 6, 2023 CTEC's close at 11:59 p.m.
May 8, 2023 NU-Q Graduation
May 9, 2023 Spring grades due at 3 p.m.
May 9, 2023 QF Convocation
May 11, 2023 Spring Grades available to students
May 11, 2023 Last day to submit all outstanding documents for satisfying degree requirements for graduation
May 18, 2023 Spring degrees conferred
Date Summer 2023
May 21, 2023 NU-Q Summer Session begin
May 21, 2023 Change of Registration (Drop/Add)
May 22, 2023 Last day to add a class or change a section for Summer Session
May 23, 2023 No reductions are made to bills for dropped or swapped classes after this date
Last day for a tuition refund
June 1, 2023 Last day to drop without academic review
June 1, 2023 Last day to change grading status from grade to P-N or vice versa for Summer
May 28, 2023 CTEC Open
June 15, 2023 Last day of classes
June 18, 2023 Summer Examinations begin
June 20, 2023 Summer Examinations end
June 21, 2023 CTEC Close
June 26, 2023 Summer grades due at 3 p.m.
June 27, 2023 Last day to submit all outstanding documents for satisfying degree requirements for graduation
June 27, 2023 Summer Grades available to students
June 29, 2023 Anticipated First day of Eid Al Adha
July 31, 2023 Summer degrees conferred
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