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    Education-related words

    Hi everyone, this is my first message here
    I'm a 21 year-old Spanish guy and I've been studying English in Seville's University for 3 years, although I've been learning English by my own since I was 7 or so.
    Every time I meet a foreigner I usually introduce myself (and my friends) in English, but I'm not sure to be using the right words when I talk about my studies, because I don't know the right English equivalences for Spanish terms like "facultad", "universidad", "licenciatura", "diplomatura", "curso", "asignatura", "matrícula", etc.

    In others words, after completing (secondary education or high school?) I started (post-secondary or undergraduate education?) so I'm (studying or doing) my third year in the (college or university). What's the difference between a subject and a course? Am I studying towards a degree or just a degree? Can I say "I'm doing a five-year degree"?...

    I know that educational systems also vary from country to country, so I will appreciate any help from any native speakers.

    Feel free to make any correction or suggestion


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    Re: Education-related words

    You study to earn a degree in some subject...
    example: I am studying to earn a BA degree in literature.

    A subject is broad.... a course is a part of the subject to be studied.
    example: My subject is English and I have a course in grammar this semester.

    I hope this helps,

    • Join Date: Jan 2008
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    Re: Education-related words

    Thank you, it really helped!

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