Summer vacation (also called summer holidays or summer break) is a vacation in the summertime between school years in which students and instructors are off school typically between 6 and 14 weeks, depending on the country and district.
Criticisms and support 
Some countries only get six weeks or two months summer vacation because students supposedly forget large amounts of information learned in the past year (See: Summer learning loss). Other education reformers believed that children were overstimulated in a system which required 48 weeks of schooling. They believe that over-schooling could lead to nervous disorders, depression, and insanity. They believe that children need the 2–3 months off to relax and also to take a break from other childhood stresses associated with school such as peer pressure, cliques, bullying, and the pressure of heavy loads of schoolwork and homework.
Some critics of summer vacation point out that American students spend approximately 180 days (26 weeks) per year in school, but Asian students are "in school for 240 to 250 days". This is consistent with the conclusions of researchers who suggest that advanced abilities are in proportion to the time spent learning. Summer holidays in Japan last from late July until early September.
By country 
- In Argentina, the school year ends by late November or early December and starts late February or even mid March (12 to 14 weeks). There are 2 days off for Holy Easter (which, taking place on Thursday and Friday, account for a 4-day weekend), 2 weeks for Winter Break, and a day for 21 September, Student's Day. Of course without counting the numerous public and patriotic holidays.
- In Australia, the Summer season officially lasts from December to February, and therefore includes the Christmas and New Year holidays. The dates of Australian "school holidays" (the term used, rather than "vacation") are determined by each state's Department of Education, the Summer (also known as Christmas) holidays being the longest in duration. Typically Christmas or Summer holidays in Australia last approximately six weeks, usually from mid-December (depending on school year, see below) to late January. This is significantly shorter than the North American Summer vacation, but Australian schools also break for two weeks at Easter, and in June and September, giving students and teachers a total of twelve weeks of annual holidays. In many public schools, years 10 through 12 will finish before December 15, allowing time to complete exam marking and results. Year 10 commonly finishes at the end of November, Year 11 at the end of October, and year 12 (Senior Year) also at mid or the end of October after 3 weeks of end-of-year exams. This can bring the normal 12 weeks of vacation to 20 weeks of vacation. The intervening periods of school operation without holidays are called "School Terms", each term lasting approximately ten weeks. All Australian states have relatively similar holiday periods between each term, but there is the ability for this to change around, such as for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, when the first term in Victorian schools was shortened to 6 weeks and the other subsequently extended to 12 weeks due to severe disruptions to the public and private bus networks used by school students. Most private schools in Australia have up to four weeks of additional holidays, due to their longer teaching hours during term.
- In Austria, summer vacation varies by region. School usually ends in late June, while in some schools the school year lasts until early July.
- In Bangladesh, summer vacation begins in mid-May and ends in mid June (4 weeks). According to Bengali calendar summer vacation related with availability of different kinds of summer fruits in the month of Joishtho (mid May to mid June). Also its become very uncomfortable for children to stay in class during extreme warm-humid weather.
- In Belgium, summer lasts from July 1 until August 31 (2 months).
- In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the start of summer break varies by school, but usually starts at the beginning or mid-June. School starts on the first Monday of September. There is also a three-to-four weeks long break during winter (typically starting on the 31st of December). School is not out on Christmas or Easter, but students who celebrate those holidays are allowed to miss that day of school.
- In Brazil, summer break starts in early December and ends in early February, sometimes being delayed until the week after Brazilian Carnival. In some northern areas summer break follows the northern pattern in July and August.
- In Bulgaria, the time of the break differs according to the grade of the students: The following periods are applied: 1st grade: May 24 - September 15 2nd-4th grade: May 31 - September 15 5th-7th grade: June 15 - September 15 8th-11th grade: June 30 - September 15 12th grade: School year ends in mid-May.
- In Canada, the first day of summer vacation for public schools is the last Saturday in June. This may vary in Quebec (re-earlier due to provincial June 24 holiday). The last day of summer vacation is Labour Day. This can vary in Private schools. School generally resumes the day after Labour Day (in September). Most have two weeks off for Christmas and New Year, and a week off in March or April for Spring Break (sometimes called March Break).
- In Chile, summer vacation lasts from mid-December to early March (11 or 12 weeks).
- In Colombia, summer vacation varies. Because of Colombia's equatorial climate (see Climate of Colombia for more information), schools run two different calendars. Most of the country runs "Calendar B" in which there is a long vacation in July and August, but some schools run "Calendar A" with a long vacation around Christmas.
- In Costa Rica, summer vacation lasts 2 months. School usually ends in late May and then resumes again in early August.
- In Croatia, the final exams are usually taken around June 15 and school begins on the first Monday in September.
- In the Czech Republic, summer holiday begins on July 2 and ends on August 31 (2 months).
- In Denmark, summer break lasts from the end of June to early or mid-August. High schools (colleges) usually return to school in early August, but for younger students it can be in the middle.
- In Egypt, summer break lasts from mid-may ( 12-18) May until 16 September ( 4 Months - 19-20 Weeks ) *Differs according to age*
- In England and Wales, summer holidays usually start in the second half of July for state schools, and last until early September – normally a duration of six or seven weeks. In addition, schools have three one-week-long half-term breaks (one at the end of October, one in mid February and one in late May or early June) as well as two weeks off for Christmas and two weeks off for Easter – bringing the total number of weeks off per year to 13. Dates in the independent sector are likely to differ in that schools typically offer an extra week's holiday at the beginning and end of each of the long vacations – i.e. four weeks for Christmas and Easter and eight to ten weeks in summer.
- In Estonia, summer holidays start in the beginning of June, the date ranging for different grades. School begins every year on September 1, with a week off in autumn, 2 weeks off at Christmas and a week in spring.
- In Ethiopia, the school year usually ends in late May to mid-June and begins in mid-September (12 to 15 weeks).
- In Finland, summer vacation starts on Saturday in late May, or in the beginning of June. The vacation lasts for 21⁄2 to 3 months. Usually, school starts again on August 10 to 18.
- In France, summer vacation usually consist of July and August (2 months).
- In Germany, summer vacation lasts six weeks. The exact dates vary by state, from the earliest (mid-June to late July) to the latest (late July to early September).
- In Greece, the summer vacation lasts for 3 months. Schools close on June 16 and reopen around September 11. Universities generally close mid-July but with great differences between faculties.
- In Guyana, the summer holidays start in early July and end in early September (2 months).
- In Hungary, summer vacation usually lasts from mid-June to early September (11 or 12 weeks).
- In Hong Kong, summer vacation normally begins in mid-July and ends on the beginning of September (6–7 weeks) for most public schools. However, the starting and ending times of international schools are variable. For example, most ESF-based schools start at around late June and finish mid-August (7 weeks).
- In Iceland, the duration of the summer vacation can vary from one school to another. Typically students go on a summer vacation during the first week of June and return to school in the 4th week of August.
- In India, summer vacation varies. In northern India, school ends on May 1 and begins on July 1, while in southern India, school ends in the last week of March and begins in June. Some schools hold extra classes for 10th grade from May till June for students of classes preparing for Board exams.
- In Israel, summer vacation for junior high schools (7th-9th grade) and high school (10th-12th grade) begins around late June and ends in late August. Elementary schools (1st-6th grade) start their summer vacation one week after middle and high school students. Preschools and kindergartens start their summer vacation at the same time elementary schools do. The length of the vacation was shortened by one week from 2012 onwards by the education minister in 2011. There are lengthy vacations during the school year: two weeks for the holidays in mid/late September-early October, one week for Hanukkah, 3 weeks for Passover at the beginning of spring (roughly the same time as Easter), and a few more vacation days for other holidays such as Purim, Shavuot, Lag Baomer and Independence Day. The school week in Israel covers six days of the week (Sunday to Friday).
- In Italy, summer vacation for elementary, middle and high schools normally starts on the second week of June and lasts until the first week of September included, for a total of three months. For kindergartens, summer vacation starts at the end of May and lasts until the first week of September. Final term examinations for middle school and high school are held until the end of June.
- In Iran, summer vacation lasts 3 months. Schools close in late June and reopen in October.
- In Japan, the summer vacation generally lasts from late July to early September, and due to the way education in Japan is structured, it takes place within a school year.
- In Jordan, summer vacation lasts almost 3 months and most schools take summer vacation from mid-June to mid-September.
- In Kuwait, summer vacation for elementary and middle school, [1st to 9th grade] starts at the end of May or at the beginning of June and ends at mid to late September, sometimes as far as early October. For high school students, [10th to 12th grade] it starts on June 19–20 and ends at the same time as elementary and middle school.
- In Lebanon, summer vacation lasts almost 3 months and most schools take summer vacation from mid-June to mid-September.
- In Lithuania, summer vacation starts in early June and ends on September 1 with the start of a new school year (3 months).
- In Malta, the summer holidays usually last from the end of June until the end of September (3 months).
- In Morocco, summer vacation last from 20 June until the beginning of September (2 months).
- In Mexico, summer vacation usually starts in the final weeks of June or early July and students return to school in mid-August. In addition, Mexican children get three weeks off for Christmas and New Year, and two weeks off in March or April for Spring Break.
- In Mongolia, the summer vacation runs from the start of June to the last day of August (3 months).
- In the Netherlands, summer vacation is among the shortest in Europe. It lasts about 6 weeks, usually from mid-July to late August.
- In New Zealand, the summer vacation typically starts around mid-December, and ends in late January, which is usually 6 weeks.  Senior secondary school students in Year 12 and Year 11 finish in mid-November, and Year 9 and Year 10 finish at the end of November before the first NCEA exams, but summer vacation still does not start until mid-December.
- In Nigeria, summer vacation begins on June 1 and ends on August 31 (3 months).
- In Northern Ireland, most schools' summer vacation starts in early July and runs through to the start of September. Students doing exams (GCSE and A-Levels) often get "Study-Leave" from May and do the exams sometime in June.
- In Norway, summer vacation typically lasts from mid June to mid August, for a minimum of 8 weeks.
- In Oman, summer vacation starts in late May and ends in early September (3 months).
- In Pakistan, summer vacation lasts for two months depending on the type of school (public or private). On average there are 2 months of summer vacation from late May to early August.
- In the People's Republic of China, summer holidays start in early July and often end in early September (2 months).
- In the Philippines, summer holidays for kindergarten, elementary, and high schools typically start on the third week of March and end in the first to third week of June. This coincides with the country's tropical "summer" (dry season) months from March to May. Colleges and universities, however, offer summer classes for students who wants to take advanced subjects or those who fail to pass the prerequisites for the next school year. School year begins in the second week of June, the start of Philippines' wet season.
- In Poland, summer vacation starts in Late June and ends on the first weekday of September. In smaller towns and villages, with big Roman Catholic populations, students usually spend an hour in church and 1–3 hours at school to pick up their report cards on their last day of school.
- In Portugal, summer vacation starts at the end of June, and finishes in the middle of September.
- In the Republic of Ireland, most secondary schools start summer holidays in the last week of May or first week in June, or at the end of the Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate exams, and don't return until the first week in September. Other holidays include around two weeks for Easter and around another two weeks for Christmas and New Year, as well as another week around Halloween (called "Mid-Term") and another few days (usually 1 or 2) for St. Patrick's Day, and Bank Holidays. Students doing exams (Junior Cert and Leaving Cert) have to come in some days during June to sit their exams but otherwise have the same break as those not doing exams. Primary schools in the Republic of Ireland work sixteen days longer, so they start their summer holiday at the end of June. Private schools in the Republic of Ireland follow the same pattern, although summer holidays vary.
- In Russia, summer vacation starts on May 25 with the end of an old school year (for 1st–8th and 10th grades) and ends on September 1 with the beginning of a new school year. For 9th and 11th grades, due to exams (EGE), the vacation starts in the middle (9th grade) or in the end (11th grade) of June.
- In Romania, summer vacation starts on June 15 and ends on September 15 (3 months).
- In Saudi Arabia, the summer vacation starts at the end of June and ends in the mid-September.
- In Scotland, school summer holidays start in late June and last for about six or seven weeks, with most schools returning around August 20. In addition to summer holidays, Scottish schools have one or two weeks in October, two weeks at Christmas and two weeks at Easter. They also have a week off in Mid-February. They have two bank holidays in May/June, and one in September.
- In Singapore, summer vacation varies depending on which part of the education system the student is in, due to the varying structure of academic years. One full academic year for primary and secondary schools is from January till November; for polytechnics, it is from April till February; for universities, it is from August until May. For primary school students, it lasts from mid-November until January (6 weeks) for primary school students. For secondary school students not taking O levels and Junior College students not taking A levels, it starts from the beginning of November until January(around 2 months). For polytechnic students, it is from mid February until mid April. For university students, it is from early May until August.
- In Slovakia, summer break lasts from June 30 until September 1 (2 months).
- In Slovenia, the final exams are usually taken from mid-May to mid-June (high schools) or in June (primary schools). Last day of school is July 24 and school −begins on September 1.
- In South Africa, summer holidays usually begin around early December and end in mid-January. Winter Break lasts from June to July, and there are 10 days of Easter holidays.
- In South Korea, summer vacation starts in mid-July and ends in late August. The South Korean summer vacation takes place within a school year, too.
- In Spain, the school year finishes in late June and begins in mid-September. Vacation varies by region.
- In Sweden, summer vacation is between the spring and autumn term. Normally it lasts from mid-June to late August (a minimum of 9–10 weeks, differs for each county). In Sweden, students end their term, either at a church or in their school, singing traditional summer songs like Den blomstertid nu kommer (normally only the first 2 verses).
- In Switzerland, summer vacation is for six weeks and starts at early July and ends in mid-August.
- In Syria, summer vacation starts on June 1 and ends on September 1 (3 months)
- In Taiwan (Republic of China), summer vacation starts on early July (late June for University students) and ends in late August (mid-September for University students).
- In Thailand, summer vacation begins in late February to early March and ends in mid-May.
- In Turkey, summer vacation starts in mid-June and ends in mid-September (3 months).
- In Tunisia, summer vacation for the middle school (7th–9th grade) and high school starts on June 15 and ends on September 14. Primary schools are off to vacation on June 1 and end on September 14.
- In the United States, summer vacation lasts two to three months. The dates vary depending on the location of the school district, with two major formats. One is from early June to Labor Day, the other major format lasting from late May to late August. Students also get a week off in November for American Thanksgiving, two weeks off for Christmas and New Year's, and one week or even two weeks off in March or April for Spring Break. In some rare schools, students also get a week off in February for President's Day and a week off in October for Fall Break (usually the week of Columbus Day).
- In Uruguay, summer holidays usually begin in early December, and finish in early March (3 months). Students have one week for Easter Holidays, another week for Spring Holidays, and two weeks for Winter Holidays.
- In Vietnam, summer holidays usually begins in early June or late May and lasts for two months. It's usually around June to August or late May to late July. Vietnamese students also have a week off for Lunar New Year which is around Late January or Mid February. Along with much more holidays like Independence Day (Vietnam) in Sept 2nd or International Labour Day and Reunification Day
See also 
- History of the Summer Vacation
- Johns Hopkins University, Center for Summer Learning, Summer Learning Fact Sheet: Doesn't Every Child Deserve a Memorable Summer?
- Time Magazine A Brief History Of: Summer Vacation
- "Outliers: The Story of Success". New York: Little, Brown, Inc., 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-14.
- Dates for 2012
- holiday calendar