Difference Between University and College

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Rahul Singha
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Updated on Feb 15, 2021 16:22 IST

Difference Between University and College

As students start to explore their postsecondary education options, they often tend to wonder the difference between a college and a university. While most of the times, the two are confused by most students and parents alike, we have brought you a comprehensive list of how a college is different to a university.

Colleges are usually smaller in size as compared to universities. Due to their small size, colleges provide limited research options for students wanting to pursue their higher education. On the other hand, a university could be home to multiple colleges functioning on or off the campus. They are vast in size and offer a number of choices to its students. Universities also have multiple schools within their campus, such as School of Arts, School of Music, and School of Architecture among others.

A college typically offers its students undergraduate and associate degrees due to the availability of limited courses in the college. A university, on the other hand, is home to various departments and faculties that provide students with all major degrees including undergraduate and postgraduate degrees leading to a master’s degree or a Ph.D. It is also important to note that due to limited resources provided in a college, it is comparatively cheaper to enroll into a college than compared to a university where the fee structure is much higher due to the number of facilities and programs available to the students.

Not all colleges provide students with professional degrees, however, all universities are integrated with medical or law school for students wishing to pursue professional degrees. Many a time universities also offer special programs, where a student can pursue an undergraduate degree along with a graduate degree in a reduced amount of time, a facility that is rare to find in a college.  In short, we can conclude, by saying, universities have a more diverse offering of classes and programs than a college because of the larger number of enrolled students.

At a Glance

Parameters

College

University

Size

Smaller in size

Larger in size

Courses

Courses are limited to undergraduate studies.

Courses vary from graduate level studies to professional courses.

Budget

Due to the limited space and facilities, the fee structure is usually lesser compared to a university.

Due to multiple facilities and programmes being offered to students, universities are deemed more expensive.

Degree

Offers student undergraduate and associate degrees.

Offers students postgraduate degrees leading to a master’s degree or a Ph.D.

Facilities

Due to the restricted space the facilities provided are limited.

The large size of the university provides a plethora of facilities to the students.

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Important Colleges Abroad

SPP Colleges in Canada

Student Partners Program or SPP is meant for Indian students looking to develop practical and technical skills. These institutes mainly offer certificate and diplomas, with a few offering degrees as well. SPP was developed in partnership between the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) and the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). It is an arrangement between selected Canadian educational institutions and the Canadian High Commission in India to provide quick and easy study visa for the prospective students of participating institutions in Canada.

TAFE Institutes in Australia

TAFE institutes or Technical and Further Education Institutions offer students a wide range of Vocational and Educational Training courses which range from 3 months to over 3 years. These courses are administered by Registered Training Organizations which can be both private as well as government funded. Australian Education System is, broadly speaking, more focused on skill development.  So if you are looking at Australia for employment opportunities after your education, TAFE institutes are an excellent alternative path and opportunity to achieve the same.

Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) in New Zealand

In New Zealand, ITPs are government owned and funded polytechnics which provide cost-effective education. For applied courses, polytechnics are preferred over university education as they place more importance on preparing students for joining the workforce. Because of their emphasis on practical learning, a lot of international students who wish to gain employment right after graduating, prefer enrolling at ITPs.

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Hello Rahul, can you please help me with this?. Do colleges/universities accept 15 yrs education in USA?. If yes then what are they?.. i am tired of searching online and couldn't find satisfactory results.

Reply to Mohammed Abdul Sami

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

01/9/21

Hello Mohammaed. The majority of the Universities recognise 12+4 years of study. You can know about the studying in the USA here: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/student-guide-to-the-united-states-of-america-usa-guidepage-15 Or know about popular Universities in the US here: https://studyabroad....Hello Mohammaed. The majority of the Universities recognise 12+4 years of study. You can know about the studying in the USA here: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/student-guide-to-the-united-states-of-america-usa-guidepage-15 Or know about popular Universities in the US here: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/usa Or get in touch with our counsellors here: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/apply

Where studying is best abroad or India.?

Reply to Geetanjali Tiwari

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

19/05/21

Hello Geetanjali. That is a very personal choice. You can however know about the benefits of studying abroad here: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/5-benefits-of-studying-abroad-articlepage-285

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Tamanna

9/02/21

Sir, I have passed PTE and got scored 59 .can I apply for study in Australia

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

9/03/21

Hello Tamanna. You can check out popular universities in Australia here: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/australia and for top universities visit: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/australia/universities

Can I land in a good job in IT field after doing a diploma?

Reply to Anjneya Singh

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

08/12/20

Hello Anjneya. No one can guarantee you a job abroad. You will have to understand the market, get in touch with university alumni, and know the popular job sectors to improve your chances of getting a job.

Can I work part time while doing a diploma and then can I get a work permit after completing the diploma?

Reply to Anjneya Singh

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

08/12/20

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