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Amateur question about Bachelors

  1. Mar 5, 2010 #1
    How come in some countries require two years to earn a bachelor and some require five?

    In many countries, it is four years.

    Is there really a difference when compare with the four years to the two years Bachelors in terms of knowledge?
  2. jcsd
  3. Mar 5, 2010 #2
    'cause different countries have their own standards about what goes into a bachelors degree. In the US, a bachelors is anywhere from 1/4 to 1/3 core requirements, which usually consist of liberal arts courses and some science and math that everyone has to take. A lot of other countries don't bother with that and instead only require major specific courses for a degree. It's all variable that way.
  4. Mar 5, 2010 #3
    i know in the UK, the lower edu is 13 years compared to 12 in the us. but college is 3 years vs. 4 in the uk, us respectively.

    keep stuff like that in mind.
  5. Mar 5, 2010 #4
    In Ontario (Canada) it was (when I went through) 13 years lower edu and 4 years under grad, though they changed that recently to 12 years lower edu. But you can get a general degree in three years, and honours degree in 4. That said some people take a larger or smaller course load so a nominal 4 year degree could in theory take 3 years or 5 years depending on how you pace yourself.
  6. Mar 5, 2010 #5
    But if say you got a two-year-bachelor from another country that only requires two-years to get a bachelor, would you be able to apply to the U.S.? Since there bachelors take four years.
  7. Mar 5, 2010 #6
    Nobody cares about the length of the degree, it's all about the equivalency. If your two years bachelors is the same as ours, you can get into a masters program, if not you retake bachelors. My school doesn't allow 2nd degrees in the same thing as your first degree, so a lot of foreign students take a masters in their subject and are required to take lots of undergrad supplemental courses.
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