Strategy PHOTOS: What the first day of school looks like in 12 countries around the world

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Many American students are gearing up for their first day back to school.

The first day back looks very different depending on where you live. play

The first day back looks very different depending on where you live.

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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.

Belarus: Students perform during an event for the first day of school in Minsk. play

Belarus: Students perform during an event for the first day of school in Minsk.

(REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko)


France: Kids enter the primary school Jules Ferry in Fontenay-sous-Bois, near Paris.

France: Kids enter the primary school Jules Ferry in Fontenay-sous-Bois, near Paris. play

France: Kids enter the primary school Jules Ferry in Fontenay-sous-Bois, near Paris.

(REUTERS/Charles Platiau)


Gaza Strip: Palestinian children sit inside a classroom on the first day of school at al-Shafi'i school in Gaza City.

Palestinian children sit inside a classroom on the first day of school at al-Shafi'i school in Gaza City. play

Palestinian children sit inside a classroom on the first day of school at al-Shafi'i school in Gaza City.

(REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)


Indonesia: Students wait for a train to pass as they make their journey home after attending the first day of kindergarten in Jakarta.

Indonesia: Students wait for a train to pass as they make their journey home after attending the first day of kindergarten in Jakarta. play

Indonesia: Students wait for a train to pass as they make their journey home after attending the first day of kindergarten in Jakarta.

(REUTERS/Beawiharta)


Japan: Children sit inside a classroom at Shimizu elementary school in Fukushima.

Japan: Children sit inside a classroom at Shimizu elementary school in Fukushima. play

Japan: Children sit inside a classroom at Shimizu elementary school in Fukushima.

(REUTERS/Carlos Barria)


Lebanon: A teacher speaks to her students in a classroom on the first day of a new school term in Tripoli.

Lebanon: A teacher speaks to her students in a classroom on the first day of a new school term in Tripoli. play

Lebanon: A teacher speaks to her students in a classroom on the first day of a new school term in Tripoli.

(REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny)


Malaysia: A student lays her head on the table during the first day of school in Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia: A student lays her head on the table during the first day of school in Kuala Lumpur. play

Malaysia: A student lays her head on the table during the first day of school in Kuala Lumpur.

(AP Photo/Lim Huey Teng)


Nicaragua: Students wait in line to enter to their classroom on the first day of school in Managua.

Nicaragua: Students wait in line to enter to their classroom on the first day of school in Managua. play

Nicaragua: Students wait in line to enter to their classroom on the first day of school in Managua.

(REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas)


Philippines: Filipino students line up during the first day of school at the President Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School in suburb north of Manila.

Philippines: Filipino students line up during the first day of school at the President Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School in suburb north of Manila. play

Philippines: Filipino students line up during the first day of school at the President Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School in suburb north of Manila.

(AP Photo/Aaron Favila)


Syria: A Syrian child inspects a book on his first day back to school in a suburb of Damascus.

Syria: A Syrian child inspects a book on his first day back to school in a suburb of Damascus. play

Syria: A Syrian child inspects a book on his first day back to school in a suburb of Damascus.

(REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki)


Ukraine: First graders take part in a ceremony to mark the start of another school year in Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine.

Ukraine: First graders take part in a ceremony to mark the start of another school year in Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine. play

Ukraine: First graders take part in a ceremony to mark the start of another school year in Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine.

(REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)


United States: Students arrive for the first day back at a New York City high school.

United States: Students arrive for the first day back at a New York City high school. play

United States: Students arrive for the first day back at a New York City high school.

(Students arrive for the first day of school at Stuyvesant High School, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015 in New York.)