With the exceptions of UC San Diego and UC Santa Cruz, winter break at all University of California campuses will be extended to exactly four weeks during the upcoming 2016-17 academic year.
Winter break at UC Irvine, along with most other UCs, will run from Dec. 9, 2016 to Jan. 9, 2017 this year. UC Santa Cruz and UC San Diego will end break at the same time as other campuses, but UC San Diego’s will begin a day later, on Dec. 10, and UC Santa Cruz’s will begin a day earlier, on Dec. 8.
The one-week extension was set to accommodate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, which will fall on a Saturday and Sunday this year, and must be observed on the nearest weekdays — Friday and Monday — per University policy.
As UC’s winter quarter must always resume on a Monday, the observance of New Year’s Day on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 pushes the start of winter quarter 2017 back a week, to Jan. 9.
The four-week break will have no drastic effect on the rest of UC Irvine’s academic calendar, besides slightly shortening the number of instructional days next year. Fall quarter 2016 will begin on Sep. 21, two days later than fall quarter 2015. Spring quarter 2017 will end on Jun. 9, a day earlier than spring quarter 2016. Spring break will remain one week long next year.
The UC system will resume its usual three-week winter break during the following 2017-18 academic year, but the four-week break will return during the 2022-23 school year, when New Year’s Day will again be observed on a Monday.