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Learn English: Words to help you understand university in Australia

A university campus
A university campus in Brisbane, Australia.

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University classes in Australia are starting for the year, so here are some words that will help you make sense of studying at university in Australia. Read on to learn more!

A 'lecture' can refer to a class which often has a large number of students. The lecture can be presented by an academic staff member who is sometimes referred to as the 'professor'.

A 'tutorial' is a class that is smaller than a lecture. The purpose of a 'tutorial' is for students to discuss course material such as readings, ask questions and participate in group work.

An 'academic transcript' is an official document, produced by the university, that includes enrolment history and results of all the courses you have taken during your time at university.

A 'census date' is the last day to withdraw from a subject or course without an academic or financial penalty. Sometimes students change their plans when the semester has already started so the 'census date' allows students to withdraw from courses without incurring course fees or a record on their academic transcript. It is usually listed in the university calendar.

A 'bachelor degree' is awarded by the university when a student has successfully completed an undergraduate degree. This usually means three years of full time study. A 'bachelor double degree' refers to two undergraduate degrees. This usually means four years of full time study.

A 'prerequisite' is a course that you're required to study in order to enrol in other courses.

A 'major' is a specialisation or focus area of study. Depending on the nature of the course, undergraduates can decide on their 'major' in the earlier half of the degrees.

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