The UK higher education system baffles me sometimes. I find it weird that students start the Autumn (Fall) term and end their term with the Christmas and New Year break, before coming back to campus for their examinations / assignment submissions for the first term. They then move straight into the second term, study up until their Easter break, and then come back again for another round of examinations / assignments.
I mean, those aren’t really considered as ‘breaks’ then, if students have to spend that time studying and/or working on their assignments. Kind of defeats the purpose of having a holiday to de-stress and spend time with family, no?
That’s kind of why I prefer the US system, where you take the exams right smack at the end of semester and get the results soon after, or, in some cases, on the day itself. This way, you get to really enjoy your break, take some time off to de-stress and rewind, and come back fresh for the next semester.
Or maybe it’s just me. I don’t know - I just prefer to have it that way. To have a sense of 'closure’ between semesters.
But then again, in the US, we take different subjects (courses) every semester. But in the UK, some (if not all) take the same subjects (modules) throughout the year (especially undergraduates), so there’s not really any need for 'closure’ I guess?
Oh well. That’s just some food for thought I guess. People do have their own preferences, and I guess that’s fine. I’m just glad I did my undergraduate in the US (thanks Mum and Dad, and MARA too!).
So if any of you are considering to pursue your studies (be it at undergraduate or postgraduate level), do take a look into the academic calendar in your chosen university / country, it might also help in narrowing down your choices of where to attend.