ACADEMIC YEAR and ACADEMIC CALENDAR

ACADEMIC YEAR and ACADEMIC CALENDAR In Japan, the academic year starts on April 1 st and ends March 31 st ... Spring vacation February 3 – March 31...

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ACADEMIC YEAR and ACADEMIC CALENDAR In Japan, the academic year starts on April 1st and ends March 31st in following year. Almost all schools divided the academic year into two or three academic terms. Many universities including Chuo University use the semester system. Each semester includes 15 or 16 academic weeks as well as vacations. For instance, Chuo University’s academic calendar for 2011 is as follows: 1st (spring) semester

April 1 - August 5

Summer vacation

August 6 – September 20

2nd (fall) semester

September 21 – February 2

Winter vacation

December 26 – January 4

Spring vacation

February 3 – March 31

Most elementary, junior and high schools follow a trimester system. Because of the differences in weather conditions by region in Japan, there is no strict national standard on the trimester system. A sample academic calendar in the Tokyo region is as follows: 1st trimester

April 8 – July 20

Summer vacation

July 21- August 31

2nd trimester

September 1 – December 24

Winter vacation

December 25 – January 7

3rd trimester

January 8 – March 24

Spring vacation

March 25 – 31, and April 1 – 7

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