Beginning university is difficult for everyone, but can be especially difficult for international students who must go to school while adjusting to an entirely different language and culture. You may see these differences in the classroom, in your social interactions, or even in the terms we use.
College: American students often refer to university or “uni” as college. It is the same thing!
First-year student (also freshman): A student who has completed high school or secondary school but has not gone to any university or college
Graduate student (also graduate, grad): A student who has completed a baccalaureate degree or equivalent and wants to do advanced study in a professional or academic field. These students are usually pusuing their Master's Degree or Doctorate Degree
International student: You are an international student if you have an F-1 or J-1 visa or if you are planning to acquire an F-1 or J-1 visa. You do not have US Citizenship or Permanent Resident status
Major: A major is the acadmeic discipline to which an undergraduate formally commits. It is pretty common for students to change their major in their first two years of college.
Minor: A minor is an optional, secondary academic discipline a student can choose during their undergraduate studies.
Premed/Prelaw: You choose either of these program if you are interested in being a doctor or a lawyer and are an undergraduate student.
Transfer student: A high school graduate who has completed a semester or more at another college or university.
Undergraduate student (also undergraduate, undergrad): A student enrolled at a college or university who has completed a high school program/ secondary school program, but who has not yet received a college degree.