The Trimester System
Designed for You
Union's academic year is divided into three 10-week terms, with three classes each term and a winter break of approximately six weeks.
What can you with your time off? Plenty! Jump into jobs and internships, go on international mini-terms, do research, volunteer, refresh and relax.
JORDAN PULLING '15
Major: Environmental Science
CARLY AIMI '08
Union was the only school in the country whose calendar allowed me to be a serious athlete (women's hockey) and study overseas. In addition, because of trimesters, you get internships when no one else is competing.
DAVID THAI '17
Anticipated major: Organizing Theme (self-designed), with a concentration in visual arts, digital media and theater
The trimester system lets me balance my academic and extracurricular priorities. Having three classes is not as stressful as taking five, and I can really focus on each subject. I am also able to join clubs and organize campus events. I’m the president of UBreak, our breakdancing club, and I have a lot of flexibility in planning for practices and performances in all three terms.
As an engineer with a minor in the humanities, I do a lot of schedule juggling. Having trimesters gives me flexibility, allowing me to complete requirements for engineering and also take Japanese courses. I was able to study in Japan my junior year without falling behind in engineering. Although we get out later in June than some schools, I also really appreciate our extended winter break. One winter, I used it to go on the mini-term to New Zealand.