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    Smile college

    Please, dear teachers and friends...

    Could you shed some light on this?

    What does 'college' mean? what about 'university'? how different are they in the US and in the UK?

    Many thanks!

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    Re: college

    A college is an institution of higher learning. It is a school that can award degrees such as B.A., B.S., M.A., M.S., and PhD. A college can be part of a university. The reverse, however, is not true.



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    Smile Re: college

    then, in the US, when people finish the high school, they go to the college (which can be part of a university) or to the university itself.

    question? How does it work in the UK?

    Thanks.

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    Re: college

    It's not either/or. After you graduate from high school you go to college (no matter what the school is actually called).

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    Re: college

    In the UK, the first universities such as Oxford and Cambridge, consisted of a number of colleges. The colleges were set up over the centuries by rich guys for various reasons. Collectively they formed the university.

    There were other colleges set up around the country too. However these smaller institutions didn't have the size of depth to offer universal education. Many of them couldn't even offer degrees.

    This has all changed recently and anything can call itself a university and issue degrees. You can attend your small town college and get a degree in brick laying. The flood of bogus degrees and institutions has much devalued its worth.

    Although you will hear people in the UK say they are at college, most will say they are at university. It was more prestigious to attend a university than a college and the usage continues. You wont find people saying they are at school (maybe law school?). School is where the kids go.

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    Re: college

    Quote Originally Posted by thod00 View Post
    In the UK, the first universities such as Oxford and Cambridge, consisted of a number of colleges. The colleges were set up over the centuries by rich guys for various reasons. Collectively they formed the university.

    There were other colleges set up around the country too. However these smaller institutions didn't have the size of depth to offer universal education. Many of them couldn't even offer degrees.

    This has all changed recently and anything can call itself a university and issue degrees. You can attend your small town college and get a degree in brick laying. The flood of bogus degrees and institutions has much devalued its worth.

    Although you will hear people in the UK say they are at college, most will say they are at university. It was more prestigious to attend a university than a college and the usage continues. You wont find people saying they are at school (maybe law school?). School is where the kids go.
    A degree in bricklaying! I think that you are exaggerating.


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    Re: college

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    A degree in bricklaying! I think that you are exaggerating.
    Not at all. Comes under the general heading of Applied Science and Technology: Degree bricklaying - Google Search

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    Re: college

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Not at all. Comes under the general heading of Applied Science and Technology: Degree bricklaying - Google Search
    It must be much more complicated than I thought.

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