(in many educational institutions) a division constituting half of the regular academic year, lasting typically from 15 to 18 weeks.
(in German universities) a session, lasting about six months and including periods of recess.
- se·mes·tral, se·mes·tri·al [si-mes-tree-uhl], /sɪˈmɛs tri əl/, adjective
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How to use semester in a sentence
The unpredictability of the pandemic has made it difficult for many students to plan their lives around traditional 15-week semesters.Morgan State University, Northern Virginia Community College receive grants for job training programs | Lauren Lumpkin | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Still more are sending students home to begin their winter break or finish their semesters remotely.Thanksgiving advice for college students: If you’re going home, start preparing soon, experts say. | Allyson Chiu | October 29, 2020 | Washington Post
For his part, the engineer told me how, through both semesters, no one had allowed him to belong to them.
Some campuses are planning to end the semester at Thanksgiving break or shift to online classes for the final weeks to avoid additional travel that could spread the virus.Colleges And The Thanksgiving COVID-19 Risk: Fauci’s Right – Holiday Plans May Have To Change | LGBTQ-Editor | October 17, 2020 | No Straight News
The University of Alabama, which had more than 2,000 student Covid-19 cases three weeks into its semester, announced that it was issuing more than 600 Covid-19-related sanctions to students, including 33 suspensions.Why some colleges win against Covid-19, and others lose | Katherine Harmon Courage | October 6, 2020 | Vox
British Dictionary definitions for semester
(in some universities) either of two divisions of the academic year, ranging from 15 to 18 weeks
(in German universities) a session of six months
- semestral, adjective
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