Quick answer
"College" is a noun which is often translated as "la universidad", and "school" is a noun which is often translated as "la escuela". Learn more about the difference between "college" and "school" below.
college(
ka
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lihj
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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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school(
skul
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (educational institution)
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).
Their children go to the same school on the bus.Sus hijos van a la misma escuela en el autobús.
b. 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).
We have to go back to school at the end of August.Tenemos que regresar al colegio a finales de agosto.
2. (institution for 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).
My school didn't have a football team.Mi universidad no tenía un equipo de fútbol americano.
b. 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).
(department)
I went to law school after college.Fui a la facultad de derecho después de la universidad.
3. (group)
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).
Louis Sullivan is my favorite architect of the Chicago School.Louis Sullivan es mi arquitecto favorito de la escuela de Chicago.
b. el banco
(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).
(fish)
After locating a school of tuna, we caught it in the fishing net.Tras localizar un banco de atunes, lo atrapamos en nuestra red de pescar.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to educate)
a. instruir
The bakers were schooled in the use of alternative fats.Los panaderos fueron instruidos en el uso de grasas alternativas.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
5. (related to the school)
a. escolar
We'll send a letter to the parents specifying what school materials the children need.Enviaremos una carta a los padres especificando qué material escolar necesitan los niños.
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