When you are considering studying in a new country, there can often be lots of new phrases and words to learn, or they may have different meanings in different countries. Here we’ve pulled together a short list to help when thinking about studying in the UK.

  1. Term – At a UK university, a year is split into different terms or semesters. At Roehampton, a one-year course is often split into three terms.
  2. Pre-sessional – These are programmes created to prepare students for studying. Pre-sessional English courses, for example, give international students the language skills they need to study in the UK.
  3. Foundation – Much like pre-sessional programmes, a foundation course will give students the qualifications and skills they need to progress their education.
  4. Pre-masters – These courses build on students’ existing education to meet the entry requirements for postgraduate degrees.
  5. Pathway – These programmes develop students’ academic and study skills so they can successfully join a postgraduate or undergraduate degree.
  6. Intake – This is often used to refer to the start month for a programme. For example, a September intake refers to a course that starts in September.
  7. College – The University of Roehampton is a collegiate university, which is made up of a number of old colleges that now serve as accommodation for the students. In other cases, colleges also operate as standalone educational institutions that offer their own courses.

Other educational phrases

  1. Bookworm – This refers to someone who spends a lot of time reading books and gathering information.
  2. Mind-map – A process by which a group of people openly share ideas on a subject. When written down, this would include a central theme surrounded by connected branches of related ideas or thoughts.
  3. Pass with flying colours – This refers to when someone passes an exam with an impressively high mark.
  4. Show of hands – When trying to determine the preferences of a set of people, you can ask for a “show of hands” and people will raise their hands based on their preferred options.
  5. Off by heart – If someone knows a subject so well they can talk freely about it without guidance, they know that subject off by heart.

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