Semester seasons in the Southern Hemisphere

As all good college students know, the seasons are reversed in the southern and northern hemispheres, due to the tilt of the earth’s axis and the planet’s annual revolution around the sun. When it is winter in the northern hemisphere, it is summer in the southern hemisphere, and vice versa; though, of course, the calendar months remain the same worldwide.

The southern hemisphere’s academic year begins in January or February (rather than August or September) and ends in November or December (rather than May or June). Students enrolling in what Arcadia and other Northern Hemisphere study abroad providers refer to here as the "fall semester" ("our" fall  semester or first semester) actually commence their studies in the second semester of the academic year in the southern hemisphere. A "spring" or "second semester" program in these listings takes place during the first semester of the academic year in the southern hemisphere. (Full-academic-year students may choose to attend these semesters in either order.)

What this means seasonally: 

Fall semester - Arcadia and other Northern Hemisphere education abroad providers refer to the "fall semester" (or "first semester") because the semester calendar months correspond to the beginning of the academic year here, which takes place near the beginning of fall. But while this semester feels like summer into winter in the Northern Hemisphere, it feels like winter into summer in the Southern Hemisphere.

Spring semester - Arcadia and other Northern-Hemisphere education abroad providers refer to the "spring semester" (or "second semester") because the semester calendar months correspond to the second half of the academic year here, the bulk of which takes place in the spring. But while this semester feels like winter into summer in the Northern Hemisphere, it feels like summer into winter in the Southern Hemisphere.