A New School Year!


The new school year is almost here! In Japan, the school year starts in April and finishes in March of the following year. 

Although children and teenagers in most countries are required to go to school, the school year, number of terms, and the length of the school day differs greatly from country to country.

These differences happen for a number of reasons, including a country’s seasons, traditions, and history.

In New Zealand, the school year starts at the end of January, in Brazil it starts in February, in South Korea it starts in March, in the Philippines it starts in June, and in England and the USA it starts in September.

In addition, the length of the school day around the world is different too. China has the longest school day with students spending on average 9 hours per day in the classroom (7:30 to 17:00). The shortest school day belongs to Finland. Students there generally spend around 4-5 hours per day in lessons (9:00 to 14:00). 

As you can see, education around the world is different. One thing that’s true in all countries, however, is that the first day of the year is always an interesting and exciting one. 

If you are interested in school life in other countries, in May this year, the I-Lounge and ELTC are planning an online event with our sister school in Taiwan – Shu Guang Girls’s Senior High School.

Drop in to the iLounge and speak with Craig or Rob if you would like to participate, or just watch.


Glossary (用語集):

although – でも<
required to – に必要な
school term – 学期
differs – 異なる
reason – 理由
season – 季節
traditions – 伝統
history – 歴史
length – 長さ
average – 平均
generally – 一般的に
however – しかしながら
participate – 参加する


The infographic images below show some of the differences between school life in countries around the world.


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