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12-week term and fall reading week

Since summer 2023, all Concordia terms are 12 weeks in length, which has allowed for the implementation of a fall reading week at Concordia. 

Why change now?

The decision to implement a fall reading week and shift to 12-week terms comes as a result of listening to student feedback across all faculties, Concordia's commitment to health and wellness, including mental health, and aligning with the practices of other Canadian universities. Concordia's goal with these changes is to continue to support students and faculty in order to create an environment where everyone can thrive. 

With the launch of the fall reading week, each term is now 12 weeks long for consistency in the length of the summer, fall and winter terms.

Term Start of Term End of Term Reading Week Final Exam Period
Summer 2023
→ 6 week session 1
May 10, 2023 June 21, 2023 N/A June 22 to 29
Summer 2023
→ 6 week session 2
July 3, 2023 August 10, 2023 N/A August 14 to 20
Summer 2023
→ full session
May 10, 2023 August 10, 2023 N/A August 14 to 20
Fall 2023 September 5, 2023 December 4, 2023 October 10 to 13 December 6 to 19
Winter 2024 January 15, 2024 April 15, 2024 February 26 to March 1 April 18 to May 1
Summer 2024
→ 6 week session 1
May 8, 2024 June 19, 2024 N/A June 20 to 26
Summer 2024
→ 6 week session 2
June 27, 2024 August 12, 2024 N/A August 13 to 18
Summer 2024
→ full session
May 8, 2024 August 12, 2024 N/A August 13 to 18
Fall 2024 September 3, 2024 December 2, 2024 October 15 to 18 December 4 to 17
Winter 2025 January 13, 2025 April 12, 2025 February 24 to 28 April 15 to May 4


For students, a week-long break from classes:

  • Offers catch-up time for coursework and preparation for midterms;​
  • Accommodates those who wish to travel home to visit family;​
  • Offers mental health benefits such as lowering anxiety and stress by giving a pause during the term;
  • Creates conditions for increased student success.

For faculty, a week-long break from teaching:

  • Offers catch-up time for teaching activities (course prep, grading, etc.); ​
  • Provides intensive research time in the middle of the term;​
  • Supports writing of grant applications during high season; ​
  • Facilitates the planning of out-of-town academic outreach activities.


Beginning in the 2023 academic year, a reading week is being implemented in the fall term along with the established reading week that takes place in the winter term. The reading weeks were created to offer a pause in structured academic activities each term so that students can catch up on work and visit friends and family, and to offer faculty a break from teaching to focus on research and preparation for future course work. The following guidelines were developed to provide clarity on the reading weeks.

  • The University will remain open during each reading week.
  • Optional activities may take place on our campuses to support student success and faculty development.
  • No test or quiz will be administered, nor will any assignment be due during the fall or winter reading weeks.
  • Only deferred and supplemental exams from the previous semester may be held during the reading weeks.
  • No academic activity or event that requires mandatory attendance will be scheduled.
  • Internship/fieldwork/co-op and work-integrated learning hours will continue during the reading weeks. No assignment will be due and no course meeting will be scheduled and students are encouraged to take a break if they are on track with hours and external agency requirements.
  • Other than the President’s holiday during the winter reading week, working hours will remain the same for staff.

The Centre for Teaching and Learning is available to provide support in the transition to the 12-week term and has prepared a guide to moving to a 12-week term for faculty members

Frequently asked questions

The shift to a 12-week term was a decision made by Concordia's Senate to permit the university to add a week-long break around the Thanksgiving weekend, and to allow more time between terms. Many other Canadian universities also offer a fall reading week.

The latest information, including resources for faculty, are available on this page. Other questions or concerns can be addressed to Information sessions were also held in spring and fall 2022.

The exam period remains the same and there is no impact on class assignments. Students can use the fall reading week to catch up on their academic work and work on any course assignments. 

No. Registration timing remains the same.

No. Student services' availability remains the same.

The 12-week term and fall reading week does not affect accredited programs. Any concerns or questions related to accredited programs can be directed to

The 12-week term and fall reading week does not change eligibility for internships. Any concerns or questions related to internships or work terms at the Institute of Co-operative Education can be directed to

The libraries and services are open during the fall reading week.

Yes, a variety of activities for students and faculty will be held on our two campuses. Take a look at what's happening during reading week.

No courses are scheduled during the fall reading week. Programs and services are offered for students during this break, but attendance is not required.

Yes. The full summer term will shift from 13 weeks to 12 weeks in length. The first and second summer terms will shift from 6.5 weeks each to 6 weeks each.

The 12-week terms begin in summer 2023, and continue in fall and winter.


Learn how we have been implementing these changes

Working groups

These three groups have been working on implementing this new initiative at Concordia.


1. Logistics

This working group meets weekly to review 12-week term/fall reading week. The group is responsible for drafting the schedule for the 2023-2024 academic year with 12-week terms starting in summer 2023 and adding the fall reading week, and will review examples from other universities. The logistics group will also consult with the academic sector to set the dates for exams and identify any calendar changes necessary and address any logistical issues of making the transition. 

Name Title Department/Faculty
Meredith Evans Associate Registrar Enrolment Services
Lisa Ostiguy Special Advisor, Campus Life and Supports Office of the Provost & Vice-President, Academic
Nicolas Tzoutis Course Registration, Exams & Academic Enrolment Services
Stéphanie de Celles University Registrar Enrolment Services

2. Internships

This working group meets biweekly to review the 12-week term/fall reading week transition concerns and issues specific to internships and work terms with the Institute of Co-operative Education. The group’s mandate is to review specific unique elements of academic programs with internships and will address concerns and make recommendations. The internship group includes representation from the faculties, from the Experiential Learning team and from the Institute for Cooperative Education. The group isa resource for departments who have specific concerns. The group is also reviewing practices at other universities with a fall reading week and 12-week terms.

Name Title Department/Faculty
Alain Leroux Associate Professor Health, Kinesiology & Applied Physiology
Alice Isac Experiential Learning Lead Office of the Provost & Vice-President, Academic
Barbara Shapiro Senior Lecturer & Director JMSB Co-op/Management
Cynthia Bruce Assistant Professor Creative Art Therapies
Lisa Ostiguy Special Advisor, Campus Life and Supports Office of the Provost & Vice-President, Academic
Nadia Bhuiyan Vice-Provost, Partnership & Experiential Learning Office of the Provost & Vice-President, Academic
Sara Baptiste-Brown Manager Institute for Co-operative Education
Sorin Voiculescu Co-op Director & Lecturer Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering
Steve Henle Assistant Professor Applied Human Sciences

3. Accreditation

This working group meets biweekly to review the 12-week term/fall reading week transition to address any implication of the transition on accreditation concerns. The group includes representatives from each of the faculties with accredited programs and the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Name Title Department/Faculty
Ali Akgunduz Associate Dean, Academic Programs Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science
Alicia Cundell Teaching Consultant Centre for Teaching and Learning
Angela Usas Manager, Assessment and Accreditation John Molson School of Business
Christine Dewolf Vice-Dean Faculty of Arts and Science
Lisa Ostiguy Special Advisor, Campus Life and Supports Office of the Provost & Vice-President, Academic
Marius Paraschivoiu Professor Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering


If you have questions or would like to know more about the 12-week term/fall reading week, please reach out to

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