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Reader question: When do children in Austria go back to school?

Amanda Previdelli
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Reader question: When do children in Austria go back to school?
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Children in Austria are beginning to get back to the classroom after the summer break. But their return date depends on the state where they live.


Summer holidays are coming to an end in Austria. 

The exact date, though, will depend on where they live. Even if the back-to-school dates are different depending on the Austrian state, that doesn't mean some kids get to have more time off.

This is because the summer holidays start one week earlier in some states, such as Burgenland, Lower Austria, and Vienna. Therefore, schools resume also one week before the rest of the country.

Here are the dates for the summer holidays in Austria in 2023:

  • Burgenland, Lower Austria and Vienna: July 1st to September 3rd
  • Carinthia, Upper Austria, Salzburg, Styria, Tyrol, and Vorarlberg: July 8th to September 10th

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Other holidays coming up

Schoolchildren in Austria are quite lucky compared to other countries, as they get plenty of vacations throughout the year.


The next holidays are in October when children get their "Autumn break" (Herbstferien). This year they take place from Friday, October 27th, to Tuesday, October 31st. 

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Finally, in December, they get a Christmas holiday, which this year will be from Saturday, December 23rd, to Saturday, January 6th.

This is valid for all compulsory schooling, meaning Volksschulen, Mittelschulen, Sonderschulen, Polytechnische Schulen, and Berufsschulen.

Of course, schools are also closed during official bank holidays in Austria. The country is very generous with its holidays, and there are 13 federal days every year.

Besides the public holidays in May (1st, 18th and 29th), schools are closed on June 8th (Corpus Christi), August 15th (though this was during summer holidays), October 26th (National Day), November 1st (All Saint's Day), and December 8th (Feast of the Immaculate Conception). 

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Christmas Day (December 25th) and St. Stephen's Day (December 26th) are also public holidays, but schools are already closed due to the extended Christmas break.

Some provinces also have local holidays and celebrations, so staying in touch with your school and following the official announcements is worth it. 


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