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Back to school

By on September 14, 2016

I still remember my first day of school. I think I have never been so excited starting my school life. I still keep in mind those moments and feelings when I entered the classroom for the first time. Since then I have been exposed to kids, mentalities and values from all over the world who had to adjust and find their own learning styles that would benefit them the most.

by Charlie Foster

When does school start around the world?

I have been selected a bunch of countries from all over the world to identity how the school year actually looks like.

United Kingdom

In UK, the school year starts in September and finishes in July, with six weeks of Summer holiday in between. One of the most interesting things is that most schools have a school uniform.

by Dave Meier

by Dave Meier

United States

In the US, school typically runs from late August or early September, through early June, with a long break in the summer, one week at Christmas, and one week in the spring. This is changing in some places (like Chicago), where they have shortened the summer break, and added longer breaks throughout the year.

 by Carlos Martinez

by Carlos Martinez


Usually, in Romania, schools begin with flowers, balloons, teachers, excited parents and grandparents dressed as for special occasions and “older” pupils anxious to meet their colleagues and exchange impressions about their summer holiday. This special event happens every fall, in the middle of September. The school year ends at the end of June.

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Costa Rica

The school year in Costa Rica runs from February to December in the public education system. Students have vacations for about two months (December and January), which turns out to be the summer. Since Costa Rica is in the southern hemisphere, it experiences summer while it’s winter in the northern hemisphere. The same is in Australia. Brazil, also found in the southern hemisphere, shares the same summer months as Australia.

It is absolutely fantastic that Costa Rica was one of the first nations in Central and South America to offer free public education!

by John-Mark-Kuznietsov

by John-Mark-Kuznietsov


Because China is in the northern hemisphere, its summer months are in line with Asia, Europe, and North America. Here, the school year runs from the beginning of September to mid-July. Some other interesting facts: students in China also have great access to computer technology, with a computer to student ratio of 1:2. At the end of each year, chinese language and math skills are tested.

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by Tim Gouw


Iran is another country in the northern hemisphere with a school year similar to the others European countries. Students in Iran go to school for 10 months a year, meaning about 200 active days, from September to June.

 by Angelina Litvin

by Angelina Litvin


In Japan, most schools run on a trimester schedule. The academic year begins in April and ends the following March, with breaks for summer, winter and spring separating the three terms.

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Japan –


As in the Japanese schools, the school year in this southern-hemisphere nation is divided into three terms, with one-month breaks in between. Here, uniforms are mandatory in the  government-run schools. Most classrooms have about thirty students.

Madi Robson

Madi Robson


The school year in Nigeria runs from January to December. Also, the  academic year is divided into three semesters with a month off in between each semester. Students must wear uniforms. Maybe often than other countries, here, students should obey rules for hair, jewelry, and accessory restrictions.

by Doug Linstedt

by Doug Linstedt


The school year in Russia runs from the first of September to late May. No uniforms are required, instead, students are encouraged to dress warmly because of the weather conditions. Apart, students remain together in the same class from grades one to ten. Each classroom has about 16 students.

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