The summer is over and the time has come again to present the annual update of the Eurydice reports, respectively dedicated to the 2021/2022 school and academic calendar.
These two reports, entitled The Organization of School Time in Europe. Primary and General Secondary Education 2021/22 and The Organization of the Academic Year in Europe 2021/22, offer information, from a European comparative point of view, on the distribution of holidays, the number of school days, the general organization of the school and academic year.
Despite some differences, countries show numerous similarities in the structure of their respective school calendars. In 10 countries/regions, school generally starts in August. The countries in which the school year starts earlier are Denmark and Germany. As for the number of school days, this varies from 165 days in Albania and Malta to 200 days in Denmark and Italy. In general, the number of school days is the same in primary and secondary education, however there are some exceptions: for example, in France and Serbia (both in upper secondary education), Lithuania and Romania, the number of school days in secondary education is greater than in primary education.
The report, based on national data, offers an overview of the length of the school year, the beginning and end dates, the time and duration of school holidays and the number of school days. It covers primary education and general secondary education and the highlights are represented by means of comparative figures. The information is available for the 37 countries participating in the EU Erasmus+ programme (27 member states, plus Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia and Turkey).
How is the academic calendar structured this year, also in light of the strong impact of Covid 19 on our higher education systems? The publication The Organization of the Academic Year in Europe 2021/22, based on national data, offers accurate information on the beginning of the academic year, teaching periods, holidays and exam sessions. University and non-university study programmes are also highlighted. Also in this report, information is available for 37 countries.
What is Eurydice?
Eurydice is the European network that collects, updates, analyses and disseminates information on the policies, structure and organization of European education systems. Established in 1980 on the initiative of the European Commission, the network is made up of a European unit based in Brussels and various national units. Since 1985, the Italian national unit has been established at Indire.
- Eurydice website – Italian national unity
- Eurydice site – European Central Unit
- All publications of the network