THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY SYSTEM – SYNTHETIC GLOSSARY
BACHELOR = undergraduate cycle of study after high school, equivalent to 4 academci years made of 2 semsters each one
Definitions of BACHELOR’s academic years:
- FRESHMAN YEAR = 1ST year of Bachelor
- SOPHOMORE YEAR = 2ND year of Bachelor
- JUNIOR YEAR = 3TH year of Bachelor
- SENIOR YEAR = 4TH year of Bachelor
CREDIT ACCOUNTING (AMERICAN SYSTEM)
1 semester of 15 CH = 5 courses of 3 CH each one during 15 weeks (gross time)
1 course of 3 CH = 45 h classroom instruction (including exams) + 90 h homework during 15 weeks
LABORATORY = 2 or 3 h (free choice of the teacher) of practical exercise, corresponding to 1 h classroom
INTERNSHIP = 1 credit hour CH corresponds to 40 hours of Internship (1 internship of 120 hours = 3 CH)
BACHELOR DEGREE = minimum 120 Credit Hours (CH) (= 4 years = 8 semesters = 8 x 15 CH)
MASTER DEGREE = 60 credit hours CH (= 2 years = 4 semesters = 4 x 15 CH)
CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS = career-focused educational programs = 5 courses x 3 CH (= 15 CH total during 1 semester of classrooms)
FALL SEMESTER = 1ST academic semester (15 weeks continuous gross time, classrooms on Monday-Friday), from September to December.
SPRING SEMESTER = 2ND academic semester (15 weeks continuous gross time, classrooms on Monday-Friday), from January to May.
SUMMER SESSION = optional period of compelmentary sumemr studies = 2 Summer Sections of 5 continuous weeks each one.
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS for 1 BACHELOR DEGREE= 3 CATEGORIES of courses:
General Education Requirements (GER) = basic and general courses, fit for the whole Curriculum studiorum
Core Curriculum and Major Elective Requirements = strategic courses, coherent with the chosen study area according to the academic staff’s orientation
General Electives = priority (or “major”) courses for Student’s trend and choices