Graduate vs. Undergraduate

In the United States, an undergraduate or an "undergrad" is a student pursuing a bachelor's degree program (usually 4 years) at a college or university, while a graduate or a "grad student" is a student who, having obtained a bachelor's degree, is now pursuing a master's or "graduate degree" in graduate school.

These concepts are often confused, because the terminology in the rest of the world is different. What's known as undergraduate studies in the US is referred to as graduate studies in most other countries. And the equivalent for graduates (graduate students, graduate studies) in the US are known as post-graduates (or post-graduate students, post-graduate studies) in the rest of the world.

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Introduction (from Wikipedia) Graduate refers to someone who has been the subject of a Graduation. See also: Alumnus. Also, when used similar to undergraduate, in some educational systems, graduate education is post-undergraduate education i.e. masters and doctorate. In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a bachelor's degree.
Previous achievement bachelor secondary education
Aim master, doctorate bachelor

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September 24, 2013, 2:48am

can you be coming from high school and be aiming for a grad degree then?

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September 21, 2012, 12:29am

Thanks for the definition. I am about to get my <a href="http://online.essex.ac.uk/online-degrees/bachelors-degrees">bachelors degree</a> and I couldn't work out what my US friends were talking about when they used different words from the ones I am used to hearing to describe different types of student.
I guess the main thing is the studying but it is nice to know what people are calling you as well.

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