U.S. students will likely find the academic calendar in France to be familiar: it has two semesters, starting in fall and ending in late spring.

In France, the academic year begins in September or October and ends in May or June, depending on the institution and program.
The year is punctuated by vacations, including two weeks at the end of the year (Christmas and New Year's).
The two semesters are divided by a short break following final examinations at the end of the first semester.
The summer vacation lasts more than two months and always includes the months of July and August.