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UK & US Degree. Which One Should You Choose? 英國和美國學位。您應該選擇哪一個?


According to the world university rankings published by Times Higher Education, more than 50% of the world’s top 200 universities are located in either the US or the UK. When it comes to planning for Higher Education, US and UK will definitely be the two most preferred choices for many people. Both countries are famous for their rich tradition of quality higher education, excellent research facilities, and a culture that fosters intellectualism as well as academic freedom. It is well known that both US and UK certainly provide an excellent environment for learning hence it is a tough decision to make between these two. In this article, we will discuss the primary differences between the American and British systems of higher education.

根據Times Higher Education,在全球排名前200的大學中有50%以上位於美國或英國。當我們說到高等教育時,美國以及英國大學往往都是我們的首選。兩國以高質量的高等教育,優良的研究設施以及能夠培養知識分子和學術自由的文化而著稱。眾所周知,美國和英國無疑為學習提供了良好的環境。因此,要在這兩者之間做出決定是非常的艱難。在接下來的文中,我們將討論美國和英國高等教育體系之間的主要區別。

1. Study Duration 學習時間

First and most importantly, education system is the key difference between the US and the UK, which largely affects the study duration for both. Courses in the UK are generally shorter than courses offered by universities in the US, which can save your time and money.

In a broad overview, study duration varies based on the programmes for the US and the UK are shown below:

Undergraduate degrees usually take 3 years to complete in the UK compared to 4 years in the US. Postgraduate degrees in the UK take just 1 year to complete. Whereby in the US, students would need to take 2 years to earn their degree. Studying a degree in UK basically means you can save your tuition fees and living costs, plus you’ll be able to start your career earlier. The main reason of the shorter course duration in the UK is attributed by a much more focused programme syllabus than in the US.

首先,最重要的一點是,美國和英國的教育制度是區別兩國學習時間的主要因素。英國的課程通常比美國大學提供的課程要短,這可以節省您的時間和金錢。

總的來說,學習時間因美國和英國的課程而異,如下所示:

在英國,學士學位通常要3年才能完成,而在美國則需要4年才能完成。英國的研究生學位僅需一年即可完成。在美國,學生則需要花費2年時間才能獲得學位。在英國學習學位基本上意味著您可以節省學費和生活費,並且可以提早開始您的職業生涯。英國課程時間較短的主要原因是他們的課程比美國課程還要專注。

 

2. Academic Term 學期

Most universities in the US begin their terms in mid to late August, although smaller liberal arts colleges may start later. Most take a rather lengthy break beginning in mid-December and begin the second semester in early to mid-January. However, universities that are on different calendars, such as a trimester or quarter-based system, may begin their winter break at the Thanksgiving holiday, which falls at the end of November.

美國大多數大學都在8月中下旬開學。但有些規模較小的文理學院可能會在遲些開學。多數學生從12月中旬開始休假,並於1月初至1月中旬開始第二學期。但是,採用不同學期制度的大學例如三個月或基於季節的系統可能會在11月底的感恩節假期開始寒假。

The academic term in the UK is a bit more varied. While most also use the semester system, the trimester and quarter systems are used in some universities. Many schools start in September or October and end in May or June, making for a slightly longer academic year. UK Christmas breaks tend to be shorter, but students will get another holiday over Easter soon after. The academic term is less standardized throughout the United Kingdom. It is advisable that you ask your university for their academic calendar and follow accordingly.