Quick answer
"College" is a noun which is often translated as "la universidad", and "high school" is a noun which is often translated as "la escuela secundaria". Learn more about the difference between "college" and "high school" below.
college(
ka
-
lihj
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (higher education)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. la universidad
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(for bachelor's degree)
Did she go to college?¿Fue a la universidad?
b. el politécnico
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(for associate's degree)
He attended college for two years to become an auto mechanic.Estudió dos años en un politécnico para hacerse mecánico automovilístico.
2. (university department)
a. la facultad
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
He applied to the economics colleges of several universities.Envió una solicitud a las facultades de economía de varias universidades.
3. (university institution)
a. el colegio universitario
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The university is divided into several colleges that are spread around the city.La universidad se divide en varios colegios universitarios que se reparten por la ciudad.
4. (secondary education) (United Kingdom)
a. la escuela
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(state)
He works during the day and attends art college in the evenings.Trabaja durante el día y asiste a clases nocturnas en la escuela de arte.
b. el instituto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(state)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
She didn't go to university but studied photography at college.No fue a la universidad pero estudió fotografía en el instituto.
c. el colegio privado
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(private)
He attends sixth form at a very prestigious and expensive college.Estudia bachillerato en un colegio privado muy prestigioso y caro.
5. (body)
a. el colegio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Delegates to the electoral college represent parties, not people.Los delegados del colegio electoral representan a los partidos, no a las personas.
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high school(
hay
 
skul
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (education)
a. la escuela secundaria
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
High school precedes college.La escuela secundaria precede la universidad.
b. la escuela preparatoria
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
I graduated from high school ten years ago.Me gradué de la escuela preparatoria hace diez años.
c. la prepa
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
When did you graduate from high school?¿Cuándo te graduaste de la prepa?
d. el instituto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
There are a thousand students in the high school.En el instituto hay mil estudiantes.
e. el bachillerato
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(studies)
Regionalism used in El Salvador
(El Salvador)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
Regionalism used in Venezuela
(Venezuela)
High school is harder than I expected.El bachillerato es más difícil de lo que esperaba.
f. el liceo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(building)
Regionalism used in Uruguay
(Uruguay)
Regionalism used in Venezuela
(Venezuela)
I have to walk two blocks to the high school.Tengo que caminar dos cuadras para llegar al liceo.
g. la enseñanza media
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Chile
(Chile)
I'm studying biology in high school.Estoy estudiando biología en la enseñanza media.
h. el colegio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Ecuador
(Ecuador)
They need more teachers for the high school.Se necesitan más maestros para el colegio.
i. el instituto preuniversitario
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Cuba
(Cuba)
They are opening a new high school.Están abriendo un instituto preuniversitario nuevo.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (related to high school)
a. de escuela secundaria
A high-school student was arrested last night.Un estudiante de escuela secundaria fue detenido anoche.
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