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THE USA: Applying to University

'Should I go to community college first, or straight to university?' [VIDEO]

Should you attend community college, or head straight to university for an undergraduate degree? See what an international student who has done both thinks, including what you can gain in the long run.


'Should I go to community college first, or should I go straight to university for undergraduate study?'

This is a question we commonly hear from students who are planning to study in America. Taro, a Japanese student who has studied at both levels, discusses what you can gain from both options in the video below. If it helps you, give it a LIKE. There's some useful links after the video too.

So, should you get an associate's degree and transfer for further two years to gain an undergraduate degree? Or should you just begin with undergraduate study at a university?


Watch more clips from our Hangout with Taro:

‘How can I make new friends when studying abroad?’

‘What myths about studying in America are NOT true?’

‘What classes can I take at community college?’

‘What’s the difference between community college and university?’

‘How can study abroad improve your career prospects?’

‘Why study a graduate course in America?’

Useful links:
What is 'community college'?
Browse associates degree courses in America -
Browse undergraduate bachelor's courses in America -

Taro's YouTube channel

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Paul Ellett is the editor for Hotcourses Abroad. His role is to plan, produce and share editorial, videos, infographics, eBooks and any other content to inform prospective and current international students about their study abroad experience. When he's not thinking about student visas in Sweden and application deadlines, Paul is an avid fan of comedy podcasts and Nicolas Cage films.

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