Higher education in the United States can be obtained in colleges and universities, but the difference between these schools is not always clear. This often raises questions not only foreign students, but even from the Americans themselves. Understand the difference between these schools.
Colleges in the United States as a wide range of educational institutions that teach:
“Universities” in the United States are called educational institutions that offer graduate programs and the graduate school. Universities usually are composed of several units that can carry the names of schools, colleges, at least - institutions.
Also the University comprises one or more of the first colleges of higher education teaching programme of the bachelor in the US. For instance, Harvard University has 12 schools, Harvard College, the Institute for advanced study the Radcliffe.
University in the United States is different from College because in this wider choice of subjects and specialties and learn more students.
In addition to the names "College" and "University" in relation to educational institutions often use the word "school", "Institute", and it also sounds a bit unusual for students from Russia and the CIS.
“School” in the U.S. can call any school - not just elementary and secondary schools, but also courses, institutes, colleges and universities. In Russia, the word “school” is also sometimes used in relation to universities - sometimes referred to as “high school”.
Institutions in the United States called educational institutions have the right not to award diplomas of higher education but only vocational certificates, certificates of qualification, etc. However, sometimes you can find the word “Institute” in the names of University departments engaged in advanced education and research - for example, Harvard Institute for advanced study the Radcliffe.
In General, the word “University” or “College” in the name of the educational institution, does not affect the cost of education nor to the content or quality of programmes. Most Americans use the concept of “University” and “College” interchangeably.