11/09/2017 9:19 AM CDT

What The First Day Of School Looks Like Around The World

Though different countries have different calendars and traditions, the excitement of going back to school is universal.

It’s back-to-school season in the U.S. and many other parts of the world, as teachers, students and administrators are ushering in a new year of learning.

Though schools around the globe have different start dates, calendars and traditions, the first day of a new term is an exciting time filled with the prospects of gaining more knowledge, making new friends and building community. 

In honor of this occasion, here are 14 first-day-of-school photos from around the world. 

  • Mumbai, India
    Mumbai, India
    Hindustan Times via Getty Images
    Children enjoy the first day of school at Mahila Sangh School, Vile Parle in Mumbai, India.
  • Turov, Belarus
    Turov, Belarus
    Viktor Drachev via Getty Images
    Schoolchildren attend their first lesson on Knowledge Day in the town of Turov, Zhytkavichy District. Knowledge Day marks the beginning of a new school year in Belarus and is celebrated on Sept. 1.
  • Fukushima, Japan
    Fukushima, Japan
    Carlos Barria / Reuters
    Children attend a ceremony on their first day of school at Shimizu elementary school in Fukushima, Japan.
  • Deir al-Balah, Gaza Strip
    Deir al-Balah, Gaza Strip
    Ibraheem Abu Mustafa / Reuters
    Palestinian schoolchildren play on the first day of a new school year, at a United Nations-run school in Deir al-Balah refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.
  • Port-au-Prince, Haiti
    Port-au-Prince, Haiti
    HECTOR RETAMAL via Getty Images
    Students prepare for the first day of school at the Lycee du Cent Cinquantatenaire, in Port-au-Prince.
  • Quimper, France
    Quimper, France
    FRED TANNEAU via Getty Images
    Pupils enter their classroom in a primary school on the first day of the new school year on Sept. 4, 2017, in Quimper, western France.
  • Hanoi, Vietnam
    Hanoi, Vietnam
    Reuters Photographer / Reuters
    Young Vietnamese children are dressed up and ready to perform for parents and local officials on the first day of the school year at the private Minh Hai Nursery School in Hanoi.
  • Ashburn, Virginia, USA
    Ashburn, Virginia, USA
    The Washington Post via Getty Images
    Teacher Margaret Upp and the rest of the teaching staff greet students on the first day of classes at the newly opened Brambleton Middle School in Ashburn, Virginia.
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
    First grade students of Finetown Primary School are seen during the first day of the school year in Johannesburg.
  • Ain Issa, Syria
    Ain Issa, Syria
    DELIL SOULEIMAN via Getty Images
    A displaced child from the Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold of Raqa walks to attend the first day of the new school year at a camp for internally displaced people in Ain Issa.
  • Glenalmond, Scotland
    Glenalmond, Scotland
    Jeff J Mitchell via Getty Images
    Schoolgirls arrive at Glenalmond College for the first day of term. The independent boarding school founded by William Gladstone and James Hope Scott is based on the architecture of Oxford University.
  • Kiev, Ukraine
    Kiev, Ukraine
    Pierre Crom via Getty Images
    Music students sing the Ukrainian national anthem at the Special Music School Lysenko of Kiev as the first of September traditionally marks the start of the school year, in Kiev, Ukraine.
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Marta Iwanek via Getty Images
    Caroline Mogomela hugs Yesenia Villada on her first day of school at St. Patrick Secondary School in Toronto.
  • Tegucigalpa, Honduras
    Tegucigalpa, Honduras
    AFP via Getty Images
    A teacher guides her pupils to the classroom on the first day of classes in Honduras, at the John F. Kennedy School in Tegucigalpa on Feb. 8.