An academic year is divided into two semesters: according to the course pursued, the first semester starts in September or October and ends in January of the following year; the second semester begins in February and ends in May or June. Each semester ends with a period of exams.
The academic year is split up by several periods of holiday:
- 1 week in October,
- 2 weeks for end of year celebrations (Christmas and New Year),
- 1 week in February,
- 2 weeks in April,
2 months in July and August.