Many American students are gearing up for their first day back to school.
While the start of the school year differs by country, the first day back is normally a big day no matter where you’re from. It’s usually marked by excitement — or perhaps some dread if you don’t want to give up your vacation — and a bit of fanfare.
Take a look below to see the first day of school in 12 countries around the world.
Belarus: Students perform during an event for the first day of school in Minsk.
France: Kids enter the primary school Jules Ferry in Fontenay-sous-Bois, near Paris.
Gaza Strip: Palestinian children sit inside a classroom on the first day of school at al-Shafi’i school in Gaza City.