Florida Gulf Coast University operates on a semester system. Each semester hour represents the equivalent of one instructional period of 50 minutes in length. The fall and spring semesters are 16 weeks in length (including one week of final exams). The fall semester begins in August and ends in December and the spring semester begins in January and ends early in May. The summer semester typically has three terms: Term A is a 6-week term that begins in May and ends in June; Term B is a 6-week term that begins in June and ends in August; and Term C is a 10-week term that begins in May and ends in July. Additional mini-terms of varying weeks of length may be held in any semester.