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B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

A degree that is awarded to a student who has completed four years of academic study in a field of the arts or humanities at a college or university.

B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

A degree that is awarded to a student who has completed four years of academic study in a field of science at a college or university.

Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral Degrees

The Bachelor's degree is the most common undergraduate degree, awarded generally after three (UK) or four (US) years of study. Community colleges award the Associate degree after two years of study. The Master's degree is the first attainable graduate level degree; it is given after one (UK) to two (US) years of study beyond the undergraduate level. The doctorate requires an additional three to five years of study beyond the Master's level. Many doctoral programs incorporate the Master's degree, where students enter the doctoral program directly after receiving their bachelor's degree.

Bank Check

A check issued by a bank that is often used to pay for tuition, enrollment, and other bills that are paid via overseas mail.

British Council

The British Council is the United Kingdom's international organization for educational and cultural relations. Its purpose is to enhance the reputation of Britain in the world. The British Council is the national accrediting body for English language schools in Britain, under the "English in Britain" Accreditation Scheme. The scheme is managed jointly by The British Council and the two UK national associations, ARELS and BASELT.

Brochure

A pamphlet which contains information about a school, its course descriptions, facilities, and housing accommodations.
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