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1. (in some universities) either of two divisions of the academic year, ranging from 15 to 18 weeks
2. (in German universities) a session of six months



in higher and specialized secondary educational institutions, half of an academic year.

A semester usually consists of 16 to 18 weeks of instruction. The scheduling of classes is coordinated with the semester, which generally concludes with an examination period. Vacations are scheduled between semesters, usually in January and February and in July and August. In many educational institutions of some foreign countries, for example, Great Britain and the USA, the school year is divided into trimesters, each ten to 12 weeks in length.

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One summer, early in the Honors Semesters venture, I hosted a summer honors semester on the Maine Coast.
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1, 2014, the only pathway for CPA licensure in California will require 150 semester hours of education--including additional specific course requirements--to go along with 12 months of general work experience and passing scores on the Uniform CPA Exam and the California Professional Ethics Exam.
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Even though a GBM resolution has no statutory standing in the framing of a new syllabus and introduction of the semester system, this rejection by the teachers forebodes a crisis similar to the one witnessed last year.
Babad, Kaplowitz, and Darley (1999) found that positive and negative primes did affect subsequent student evaluations of the instructor early in the students' experience of the instructor, but the effect did not persist to the end of the semester evaluations.