How is the school year organized in the EU?
Despite some differences, there are many similarities regarding the structure of school calendars in the various countries: for example, in 15 education systems, school starts on 1 September and in most states, students are on vacation from 100 to 120 days per year. However, the length of school holidays varies considerably: they range from 6 weeks in Denmark and Liechtenstein to 13 weeks in Italy, Latvia and Malta.
The new Eurydice report The organization of school time in Europe. Primary and general secondary education – 2022/2023 offers information on the beginning of the school year in Europe and its duration, as well as on the periods of school holidays.
It covers primary education and general secondary education and offers information on the 37 countries participating in the EU’s Erasmus+ programme (27 Member States and Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia and Turkey).
What is Eurydice?
Eurydice is the European network that collects, updates, analyzes 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, Indire has been the seat of the Italian national unit.
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