Summer has finished and for the Eurydice network is time to update the school and academic calendar. If you are looking for information on the organisation of school holidays, the number of school days or exam sessions during the academic year, these are the two report to consult: “The Organisation of School Time in Europe. Primary and General Secondary Education 2019/2020” and “The Organisation of the Academic Year in Europe 2019/2020”.
“The Organisation of School Time in Europe. Primary and General Secondary Education 2019/2020”
The report – based on national data – offers an overview on the duration of the school year, the starting and ending dates, the period and duration of school holidays and the number of school days. It covers primary and secondary education and some comparative figures show some especially relevant aspects. Information is available on the 38 countries participating in Erasmus+.
How is organised the academic year in Europe?
In spite of some differences, the countries show some similarities regarding the structure of their school calendar. In 10 countries school generally starts in August, a little earlier in Denmark and Finland). As far as the number of school days is concerned, these vary from 157 days of primary school in the Flemish community in Belgium to 200 days in Denmark and Italy. Generally, the number of school days is the same in primary and secondary education apart for some exceptions: in France and Albania, Greece, Romania and Serbia, for example, the number of school days is greater in secondary education than in primary education.
“The Organisation of the Academic Year in Europe 2019/2020”
The report “The Organization of the Academic Year in Europe 2019/2020”, relating to the academic calendar, presents, instead, the national data on the structure of the academic year (beginning of the academic year, teaching activities, holidays, exam dates/periods and the end of the academic year). The differences between university and non-university study programmes are highlighted. Also in this report information is available for 38 countries.
What is Eurydice?
Eurydice is the European network which collects, updates, analyses and disseminates information on policies, structure and organisation of the European educational systems. Created in 1980 on the initiative of the European Commission, the network consists of a European Unit based in Brussels and some National Units. Since 1985, the Italian National Unit has been based at Indire.