Break and Vacation Information


Fall Break - October 12-16, 2012
Thanksgiving Break - November 21 - 25, 2012
Winter Break - December 14, 2012 - January 13, 2013
Spring Break - March 1-10, 2013
Summer Break - May 4, 2013 - August 31, 2013
Consult the Academic Calendar for These and Other Important Dates

Residence Halls and Dining Service
Residence Halls remain open for Fall, Thanksgiving, and Spring breaks but will be closed for the longer Winter and Summer breaks. For the short breaks, the dining hall will be closed, and students will have to buy and prepare their own food if they remain on campus. Many share the expense and cook together during the break, experimenting with new recipes from all over the world. Often students use their breaks to visit family or friends and major cities in the USA.

During the Winter and Summer breaks, students are responsible for making their individual housing arrangements.

Some suggestions for Winter and Summer breaks:

  • Visit friends or relatives who may be in the U.S.
  • Travel
  • Youth Hostels. They are much cheaper than hotels! Go to this website:
  • Christmas International House. Applicants stay with families in different parts of the U.S. for two weeks. There is no charge for the home stay, but students must pay an application fee and their own transportation. The Christmas International House program runs from mid-December to early January. Some local programs have elected slightly different dates for their programs. Applications will be accepted in October. You can get more information by visiting their website at:
  • YWCA in Lynchburg has housing on the upper floors for women only. It has single rooms with shared kitchen facilities and bathrooms. You must fill out an application and have an interview in order to stay there.  The YWCA is on Church Street downtown, on the bus route. Phone: 434-847-7751. Check their website for further information: