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What's the difference between community college and university?

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.

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For an international student, it may be unclear as to how exactly community college differs to undergraduate study at university. So, how does community college differ from university (or what America refers to as 'college')? Why do some students choose community college and  others choose university?

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Japanese student Taro, who studied at both community college and university, explains the difference between the two. 

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