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Postgraduate Terminology Differences

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One of the first things you will probably notice as you begin researching study in the US is the difference in the terminology used to describe certain aspects of academia.

For instance, the US term “course” actually has the same meaning as the British term “module.” So when an American student asks about your “courses,” they are really asking what classes/modules you are taking. Similarly, in the US, one does not “read” a subject, rather they “major” in a field of undergraduate academic study.

Throughout the US application process, it may be useful to familiarise yourself with the following list of American terms: