The University operates a two semester academic year with each semester running for approximately 13 teaching weeks followed by 2 weeks of examination. Semester I usually starts during the last week in August and ends late December. Semester II starts about late January and ends around mid May. The Faculty operates a 8½-week summer school programme, inclusive of examinations, usually held during the period June - July. Registration in the summer school programme is optional except for students in the Weekend programme.