Summer is over and it's time to go back to school. Last week, the primary school year started in most countries participating in the Eurydice Network. However, in a few countries pupils and teachers had already been back into the swing of things for several weeks.
There are some differences in the length and distribution of the holidays across Europe because of differences in culture, tradition, and climate. While some countries have more frequent and longer holidays during the school year, others keep a more intense calendar and enjoy longer summer breaks. The only vacation period that is very similar to all European countries is the Christmas break.
In the two Eurydice reports on the school and academic calendars respectively, you'll find information about how the year in European schools and higher education institutions is organised.
The school calendar contains national data on the length of the school year, the start and the end dates of each school year, the timing and length of school holidays and the number of school days. It covers both primary and general secondary education and key points are illustrated by comparative figures. The information is available for 37 countries.
The academic calendar contains national data on how the academic year is structured (beginning of the academic year, term times, holidays and examination periods). Differences between university and non-university study programmes are also highlighted. The information is available for 37 countries.