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What does the academic term Undergraduate mean in higher education?


Undergraduate definition

Short Definition

Undergraduate is a student pursuing a bachelor's degree, typically in their first four years of college.

In-depth Overview


Long definition: An undergraduate refers to a student who is pursuing their first level of university education, typically a bachelor's degree. This stage of higher education is characterized by a broad range of academic disciplines and coursework, often aimed at providing students with a foundational understanding of various subjects. Undergraduates are usually required to complete general education requirements alongside courses in their chosen major or field of study.

Etymology: The term undergraduate is a compound word, with "under" meaning beneath or lower in rank and "graduate" referring to someone who has completed their studies and earned a degree. Thus, an undergraduate is someone who is below the level of a graduate or someone who has not yet completed their degree.

Synonyms or related academic terms:

  • College Student
  • Bachelor's Student
  • Junior Scholar

Examples of Use:

  • Many undergraduate students pursue internships to gain practical experience in their chosen field.
  • After completing his undergraduate studies in biology, she decided to pursue a master's degree.
  • Undergraduates often have the opportunity to participate in research projects with faculty members.

Spanish: Estudiante de pregrado
French: Étudiant de premier cycle
German: Bachelorstudent
Italian: Studente universitario
Portuguese: Estudante universitário
Japanese: 学部生 (Gakubusei)
Chinese (Simplified): 本科生 (Běnkēshēng)
Hindi: स्नातक छात्र (Snaatak Chhatra)

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