5 Things You Should Know About Baccalaureate Programs

Applying to university programs can be daunting. Here are five basic facts to understand before you begin the process.
Before you begin your university applications, here are five things you should understand about baccalaureate programs.

1. “Baccalaureate” means different things in different locations. In North American countries, Belgium, and Spain, baccalaureate refers to a 4-year, post-secondary degree, or Bachelor’s Degree. In France and Romania, and the “International Baccalaureate,” it refers to the four years of secondary education, often called high school in the US and A-level in the UK. The English, Welsh, and Tunisian Baccalaureate refers to a performance measure after secondary school, and before university.
2. Baccalaureate programs are almost always a four-year, serious educational commitment.
3. For international students, you may successfully complete a secondary school baccalaureate program, for example in France (usually for students age 14-19 years), then study abroad, for example in Belgium, and complete a post-secondary baccalaureate program (usually for students age 18-23 years or returning adult students).
4. If you aren’t sure you can commit to a four-year post-secondary baccalaureate program, you can earn your associate’s degree (two-year degree) first, and later transfer to another institution or program.
5. Baccalaureate programs transfer fairly well between schools (far better than individual course credits); however, always check with the institution you are transferring to before making final plans.