University term dates and holiday periods

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Hello all,

I want to know how the term dates are like in university. From what I know so far, school starts in September or October, and summer is a long break.

I was looking at Cardiff University's and Lancaster University's timetables and found these:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/regis/sfs/d...es-201516.Html

http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/about-us/...ty/term-dates/

1) Why is there a summer term for Lancaster? Does it mean that some universities dont have a summer break?

2) When are the holiday periods (excluding public holidays) for universities, and how long are they? (Generally-speaking since it will not be the exact same days for different universities)
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You need to look at the individual units. Just type in term dates on the websites. They are all a bit different. Certain unis don't have summer breaks for all students. If you are doing for example nursing you may have be in college during the summer.

Generally though Scotland starts at the end of August and units in the the rest of the country start at the end of September
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(Original post by showtime42)
Hello all,

I want to know how the term dates are like in university. From what I know so far, school starts in September or October, and summer is a long break.

I was looking at Cardiff University's and Lancaster University's timetables and found these:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/regis/sfs/d...es-201516.Html

http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/about-us/...ty/term-dates/

1) Why is there a summer term for Lancaster? Does it mean that some universities dont have a summer break?

2) When are the holiday periods (excluding public holidays) for universities, and how long are they? (Generally-speaking since it will not be the exact same days for different universities)
1) If you look carefully, you'll see that Lancaster's summer term ends on 27th June, and people don't start back until 29th September, so there's a three month break in there.

2) It varies from uni to uni (and sometimes certain courses, such as nursing, have shorter holiday periods), so you really need to check the website of each uni, but typically you'll get a month at Xmas, a month at Easter, three months in the summer, and possibly a reading week off too around Oct / Nov.
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