On Feb 23, 4:12 am, Andrew Usher <k_over_hb...@yahoo.com> wrote: > Cheryl wrote: > > >> While you're at it, though, why not have the academic year line up with > > >> the calendar year, the way we do it here? Making an academic year > > >> straddle two calendar years sounds just plain silly. > > > Presumably this is only done in the Southern Hemisphere. > > Well, no. Most places I'm familiar with have the academic year run from, > > say, September 2009 to June 2010, thus straddling two academic years. > Do you live in the Southern Hemisphere? Judging by your address, you > don't.
The following Wikipedia link gives the academic terms for many nations around the world:
I find the dates of some of the Asian countries interesting:
"In Japan, almost all schools run a three-term school year (trimester system), and most universities and colleges have a semester system. Most schools with a trimester system have a first term from April 1 to mid-July. The exact date of the beginning of the summer break and its duration vary across regions, but commonly the break lasts for about one or two months. The break originated to avoid the heat in summer, so elementary, middle, and high schools in Hokkaid? and Nagano Prefecture tend to have a shorter summer break than the rest of schools in Japan. A second term lasts from early September to late December with a winter break at the end of the year. The term is followed by a third term from early January to early March and a brief spring break lasting several weeks. The graduation ceremony occurs in March, and the enrollment ceremony in early April."
So even though the summer break in Japan occurs at around the same time as in Europe, the actual school year (i.e., when students advance one grade) starts April 1st, not September.
India also differs from most northern hemisphere nations:
"In elementary and high school, the school year is usually from June to April, while in Universities it is from August to April."
> Why the fuck do women never fucking read??? > > Andrew Usher