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"University" is a noun which is often translated as "la universidad", and "college" is a noun which is also often translated as "la universidad". Learn more about the difference between "university" and "college" below.
university(
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nuh
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vuhr
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suh
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di
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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. (education)
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).
Only a fraction of students can pay for university.Solo una mínima parte de los estudiantes pueden pagar la universidad.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (relating to a university)
a. universitario
He became CEO of the company without a university degree.Él se convirtió en el director ejecutivo de la empresa sin una licencia universitaria.
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college(
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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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