Uso do "In the"

Do you want to start a new Japanese course next year?
Do you want to start a new computer science course in the following semester?
Por que na primeira frase não se usa "IN THE" e na segunda é usado "IN THE"? Obrigado por esclarecerem minha dúvida, desde já.

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To the first sentence, see what this site says:
At, on and in are not usually used before expressions of time with next, this, that, last, one, any, each, every, some or all


As for the second:
In is used with a part of the day or with longer periods of time.
Example: "It's even more difficult in the winter, when it's still dark."

http://www.spotlight-online.de/language ... ns-of-time



THE
used to specify, used when you talk about a particular thing. In the case of the second sentence "THE" semester is defined by "the following", indicating that is not any semester or "a semester" in general, it´s the following.


Hence, "in the" following semester. As per the above rules to the usage of preposition IN, combined with the rule to the definite article "THE".
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