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Undergraduate 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 “high school” actually has the meaning of the British term “secondary school.” So when an application or US university website talks about your “high school,” they are really asking about your education in secondary school. 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: