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Spring versus Fall

by Deepa Mittal

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U.S Universities Academic sessions

Fall versus Spring

When can I apply for Internships ?

What are the advantages of applying for Fall Session

U.S. Universities Academic sessions

The US academic year is usually divided into 4 semesters - Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. The semesters are usually 13 weeks long. The Fall semester starts somewhere between August and September and ends in late December or early January. The Spring semester starts in January and ends in May.
The Summer semester starts in late May or early June and ends just before the Fall semester begins.
Not all universities have a Winter semester but if they do, it is a very short semester squeezed between the Fall and the Spring semesters.

Most universities in the U.S. accept applications only two times in a calendar year for the Fall and the Spring semesters of the academic year. Also, some universities only entertain applications for the Fall semester. The application process for the Fall semester usually starts one year before your joining during October and ends on December or January. Generally students are in dilemma whether to apply for Fall or Spring Semester.

  • Courses are tough in Spring
  • Less Internship and job opportunities
  • Less chances to get aid and part time jobs
  • Visa’s are first come first served basis
  • Less intake in spring, so not many courses will be offered
  • Getting internships will be easier
  • Limited seats for Spring admission
  • More pressure on students since courses will be tough
  • You have to work hard if you need to graduate in fall
  • It will be difficult to find place to stay

When can I apply for Internships?

Rules and eligibility for International students to apply for Internships vary between schools. But, majority of schools will allow students to go for internships only after completing 2 semesters of study or some schools after completion of 18 credits. So, if you go in Spring, you will be eligible to go for internship from Spring next year. However, you do not have long vacations in Spring unlike in Fall session. So doing internship in Fall is more feasible than in spring.

What are the advantages of applying for Fall Session?

It is better to apply for Fall semester unless there are some exceptional circumstances. Applying for Fall offers following benefits:

  1. More chances of getting a financial aid.
  2. The academic year in US Universities begins with the Fall semester, so there are more seats available in Fall and hence more chances of admission being granted.
  3. Most core courses are offered in Fall. So if you enroll in a spring session, you may find it a little difficult to plan your coursework.



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