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The academic calendar

Published on December 20, 2010 Updated on June 21, 2016

Higher education in France is divided into two semesters and constitutes one academic year.

The 1st semester : lessons begin mid-September - October and generally finish at the end of December to the end of January.

The 2nd semester : lessons begin in January - February.  They generally finish in May.

University closing times
1 week at Christmas
1 week in Spring
4 weeks in the summer

A day of lessons usually starts at 8a.m. at the earliest and finishes at 8p.m. at the latest.  Students approximately have 20 hours of lessons a week, except in the technological university institutes (30 hours).