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I will be attending either Leiden University or the University of Amsterdam starting in September 2019. Looking at both universities' 2019-2020 academic calendars, I noticed that there is about 1 week during Christmas, 2 months during the summer, and then a few separate days sprinkled throughout the year. Why do these universities have so little vacation time compared to others, and how do students deal with not having one or two 1-week breaks in spring and fall, for example?
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I know right..I am deciding if I should stay in the UK where you get month long holidays at christmas and Easter or go to Leiden where you get barley any holiday. It shouldn't be a deciding factor but it is.
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I am surprised that you would need to ask this question. A cursory perusal of the academic programs at both universities ( as well as at other Dutch research universities) clearly indicates that English-language programs run 36 months, as opposed to 48 months in the USA &(I assume) the U.K.
This makes sense for many international students who can acquire a bachelor's degree in 3 years as opposed to 4,thus greatly reducing expenses.
This would not be the case if the Dutch extended the holiday periods, as you seem to desire.
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I will be attending either Leiden University or the University of Amsterdam starting in September 2019. Looking at both universities' 2019-2020 academic calendars, I noticed that there is about 1 week during Christmas, 2 months during the summer, and then a few separate days sprinkled throughout the year. Why do these universities have so little vacation time compared to others, and how do students deal with not having one or two 1-week breaks in spring and fall, for example?
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UK Bachelor degrees are 3 years, usually of three 10-12 week terms a year (Oxbridge terms are 8 weeks long). UK unis have coursework/essays/assignments and end of year exams. The final term is only about 4 weeks of lectures then exams.

Dutch Bachelor degrees are 3 years with 2 semesters a year containing two 8 week blocks. 7 weeks teaching and a week of exams at the end of each block. So 32 weeks of contact time. January and June are often for retakes, so there may be very little contact hours in those months.

At UvA recently, I was told that there was no teaching after the May exams. So depending on your timetable the Christmas Holiday may be extended well into January and June-Sept is the summer holiday. No Easter break apart from an extended weekend and lots of bank holidays in April/May.

This is Leiden's 2019-20 academic calendar. Count the 8 week blocks to see how the year pans out.

https://www.student.universiteitleid...19-2020-en.pdf
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In my experience at a Dutch university it really depended on if you had resits. They typical schedule was 8 weeks of class followed by a week for exams. Then you had 1 or 2 weeks 'holiday' which is when the resits for the previous block were scheduled. If you don't have any resits then you basically have a holiday, otherwise you just keep on studying.
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