Uni of York semester-isation vacation periods

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Hi,

I recently firmed Uni of York for September 2022 start. I saw on the website that from the academic year 2023/24, the term dates are changing from three 10-week terms to two 16-week semesters.

I didn’t quite understand the vacation periods as the website stated that you would get 2-3 weeks off yet it’s only 11 days for Easter. Are there not any longer vacation periods at all as this seems so short and surely you would get burnt out after 16 weeks with only an 11 day break?

Am I missing something here as this seems quite weird?
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(Original post by hamlethoratio)
Hi,

I recently firmed Uni of York for September 2022 start. I saw on the website that from the academic year 2023/24, the term dates are changing from three 10-week terms to two 16-week semesters.

I didn’t quite understand the vacation periods as the website stated that you would get 2-3 weeks off yet it’s only 11 days for Easter. Are there not any longer vacation periods at all as this seems so short and surely you would get burnt out after 16 weeks with only an 11 day break?

Am I missing something here as this seems quite weird?
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At present we have around a month's break for Christmas and Easter, and a bit longer (June to September) for summer. Imo, the breaks are far too long. It makes sense to change it.
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At present we have around a month's break for Christmas and Easter, and a bit longer (June to September) for summer. Imo, the breaks are far too long. It makes sense to change it.
Oh really? I’m guessing you’re a current york student then, that’s good to know if you think it would be better changed. Thank you

I’m just used to having half terms and stuff at A-Level so it’s a bit daunting doing 16 weeks haha. But I guess you’d get a longer summer!
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Oh really? I’m guessing you’re a current york student then, that’s good to know if you think it would be better changed. Thank you

I’m just used to having half terms and stuff at A-Level so it’s a bit daunting doing 16 weeks haha. But I guess you’d get a longer summer!
Half terms aren't really a thing at university, you'll not even notice anything! Just stay on top of your work, some people fall behind several weeks even in a 10 week term, you really do not want to fall behind in a 16 week term.

Try and avoid burnout though! Take a wander around campus, visit town at night ... York's a very safe town, and the campus is very safe, nothing to worry about.
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Half terms aren't really a thing at university, you'll not even notice anything! Just stay on top of your work, some people fall behind several weeks even in a 10 week term, you really do not want to fall behind in a 16 week term.

Try and avoid burnout though! Take a wander around campus, visit town at night ... York's a very safe town, and the campus is very safe, nothing to worry about.
Thank you so much, this is such good advice!
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I'm curious about this as well. The autumn modules finish after Christmas break, so how is the work broken up? Are the final post-Christmas weeks mostly for exams / finishing coursework?

11 days for Easter does sound really short! Maybe it's just me, but I like longer pauses to reflect on things and refresh my mind. As an international student, the shorter break will make flying in and out around Christmas holidays more difficult.
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