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