Some prospective international students have been struggling to define the similarities and differences between universities and colleges.
A university is a higher education institution that provides teaching, research and authorized degrees. Modern universities usually include undergraduate programs that offer bachelor’s degrees.
There are different colleges and departments, and a graduate school or institute that offers master and doctoral degrees. Undergraduate degrees usually take 3-4 years to complete. In Canada, colleges generally refer to institutions that offer vocational and professional courses. Some colleges can also award bachelor’s degrees.
Generally, college diploma courses are 2 or 3 years, with some undergraduate courses being 4 years. It also includes skills training and internship requirements. In addition, some colleges offer various certification courses. There is always a misunderstanding that colleges are worse than universities, but this is not true.
In Canada, many well-known colleges have high requirements for students’ language, high school average scores, and even single subject scores.