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'What's the difference between community college and university?' [VIDEO]

What is the difference between community college and university in America? An international student from Japan, who has studied at both, explains the key differences and what you can achieve from each.


For an international student, it may be unclear how exactly community college is different from undergraduate study at university. How does community college differ from normal college (or at least what America refers to as 'college'). What classes are available? What qualification can you achieve at the end (and what can you move on to)?


Japanese student Taro, who studied at both community college and university, explains the difference between the two in the video below. If it helps you, give it a LIKE There's some useful links after the video too.



Watch more clips from our Hangout with Taro:

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

‘What is undergraduate study in America like?’

‘Where should I study, in America?’

‘How do I get an American student visa?’

‘What classes can I take at community college?’

‘Should I go to community college first or straight to university?’


Useful links:

What is "community college"?

Browse associates degree courses in America


Browse undergraduate bachelor's courses in America

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About Author

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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