Here you can find general definitions of terms that you might want to know in this context.


A university is an institution of higher education and research, which grants academic degrees in a variety of subjects. A university provides both undergraduate education and postgraduate education.

Undergraduate education: 
Undergraduate education is an education level taken prior to gaining a first degree (except for an associate’s degree). Hence, in many subjects in many educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a bachelor’s degree, such as in the United States, where a university entry level is known as undergraduate while students of higher degrees are known as graduates.

Postgraduate education:
Postgraduate education involves learning and studying for degrees or other qualifications for which a first or Bachelor’s degree generally is required, and is normally considered to be part of tertiary or higher education.

College is a term most often used today in the United States to denote a degree-awarding tertiary educational institution and in other English-speaking countries to refer to an academically oriented secondary school. In the United States and Ireland, “college” and “university” are loosely interchangeable.
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