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    University, College, high school, secondary school

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    Depends on different countries, "college" stands for university, high school and secondary school.

    Am I right?

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    Re: University, College, high school, secondary school

    Yes. In Australia, high school and secondary school is the same thing, and some are called colleges. A university is not called a college.

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    Re: University, College, high school, secondary school

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Yes. In Australia, high school and secondary school is the same thing, and some are called colleges. A university is not called a college.
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    Re: University, College, high school, secondary school

    In American schools, high school is generally from ninth or tenth through twelfth grade. Junior high or middle school runs from sixth or seventh through eighth or ninth grade. The details vary depending on the school district. Some states may impose a consistent structure on all their school districts.
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    Re: University, College, high school, secondary school

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    A university is not called a college.
    But some universities, like Oxford, are divided into colleges.

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    Re: University, College, high school, secondary school

    And some universities have the word 'college' in their name, e.g., London's King's College, Imperial College, University College.

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    Re: University, College, high school, secondary school

    In the US, we don't differentiate between "college" and "university" in common speech, and we also use "school" to refer to either.

    Even if the school I went to was called "X University" I'd still say "I went to college in New York."
    Jim is away at school.
    Jim is away at college.
    Where did you go to school? - Usually this means what college/university, unless you are specifically talking about your hometown and early schooling.
    In the US, we rarely say "He's at university" or "Where did you go to university?" or "What university did you go to?"
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    Re: University, College, high school, secondary school

    In the UK, high/secondary school is from age 11 to age 16. Sixth form college is from age 16 to age 18. College or university is from age 18 to age 21/22. We don't use "college" and "university" interchangeably. You either attend college or you attend university.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: University, College, high school, secondary school

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    In the US, we don't differentiate between "college" and "university" in common speech, and we also use "school" to refer to either.
    I'd add the caveat that this is true for four-year institutions, but we do refer to two-year institutions (known as community colleges or junior colleges) only as 'colleges'.
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    Re: University, College, high school, secondary school

    It should be noted that college also means different university divisions such as college of liberal arts, college of business or women's college. In this sense, college and university are not interchangeable. I would say while a university includes post-graduate studies or advanced degrees, a college does not.

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