Changes: 2024/25 onwards

As part of a strategic review of the University’s academic provision, the University is making changes to its programmes and to the structure of its academic year from 2024/25 onwards. These changes are designed to improve student experience and are informed by student feedback. Full details of the changes are expected later in 2023 (or early 2024). But for Study Abroad Programme students these changes will include:

  • A move from three terms to two semesters, replacing the current two unequal Study Block system
  • Short assessment periods at the end of each semester, replacing the current sole Summer term exam period
  • Changes to modules offered
  • Reviewing assessment practices
  • Including innovative uses of technology to enhance teaching and learning

Students and partner institution colleagues should be aware that:

  • The Semester one September entry point will remain the same
  • The Semester two entry point will move to early February from the current early January start. Please see anticipated dates in the table below 
  • Dedicated welcome programmes be delivered to students for both entry points
  • Students will still be able to gain the equivalent of 30 ECTS of credits per semester, but many modules will now revert to 10 ECTS
  • The current practice of alternative assessments to replace examinations will continue for semester one students (previous Study Block 1) who cannot remain in Reading in January because they need to return to their home institutions to continue their degree studies

Further details about these changes will be sent by email to our partner institution colleagues over the next few months, and any updates will be listed on this web-page.

  • Students: If you have questions about if this will impact you, please liaise with your home institution first and foremost.
  • Partner institutions: If you have any questions please contact us via We are happy to arrange an online meeting with you to address your queries
Anticipated semester dates (2024/25 onwards)
 Academic year 2024/25Academic year 2025/26Academic year 2026/27
Semester one   
Welcome week23 September 202422 September 202521 September 2026
Teaching start date30 September 202429 September 202528 September 2026
Teaching end date20 December 202419 December 202618 December 2026
Assessment start date20 January 202519 January 202618 January 2027
Assessment end date7 February 20256 February 20265 February 2027
Semester two   
Anticipated welcome week (to be confirmed)3 February 20252 February 20261 February 2027
Teaching start date10 February 20259 February 20268 February 2027
Teaching end date23 May 202522 May 202621 May 2027
Assessment start date26 May 202525 May 202624 May 2027
Assessment end date13 June 202512 June 202611 June 2027