What / Why / How
Q.1. What is a Community College? How is it different from university or career college?
Community colleges are government-regulated post-secondary institutions offering 6 months - to 1-year academic and pre-professional Certificates, Diplomas, 2-year associate's Degrees. Community colleges differ from universities in their smaller class size and focus on a combination of academic and industry-centred programs and co-op/internship opportunities. The academics are generally more comprehensive than in the shorter and more vocationally-oriented programs at career colleges, and community colleges offer specific university transfer programs that allow students to transfer credits toward university programs .
Q.2. What kinds of programs and credentials do Community Colleges offer? How long will they take?
Community colleges offer 2-year associate's Degrees, 1 to 2-year Diplomas, and Certificates that run from 06 weeks to 1 year. The length of your study depends on the credential you take and whether you take it on a full-time or part-time basis.
Q.3. Do Community College offer distance programs?
Often, yes, but not always. Community colleges aim to make learning accessible to as many communities in India as possible, including remote communities. Check with the College you are interested in.
Q.4. Will there be other international students at Community College?
Generally, yes. Different Community Colleges have different international enrolment numbers. Some colleges have several thousand international students, while others may have only some. Some colleges have specific exchange programs for students from particular countries .
Q.5. Are Community Colleges less expensive for the students than universities?
Tuition and other fees vary from school to school but on an average Community Colleges charge less for tuition fee than universities.
Q.6. How big are the classes at Community Colleges?
This depends on the school and the program. Some Community College programs have extremely limited enrolment, while others accept more students. Unlike universities which can end up with classes of several thousand students, most Community Colleges have a cap on class size. Generally, Community College class size average is between 50 and 70 students.
Q.7. What if the program I want to apply is full? What is a "waitlist"?
Community Colleges often have limited class sizes; therefore, it sometimes happens that a program has more applicants than available spaces. If a program you have applied for is full, you may be placed on a waitlist. A waitlist means that if a seat becomes available at a later date (if a student drops out or decides not to attend), you will be contacted. Waitlists may not carry over to the next academic year, so if you are not offered a seat in the year for which you applied, put in a new application early for the next academic year.
Q.8. How do I know if my credentials will be accepted at a Community College in other Universities?
Community Colleges in India (each) set their own admission requirements; therefore, you should contact the registrar or admissions office at each college to find out what they require in terms of assessing credentials. The purpose is informative only and does not guarantee recognition of your credentials by the other University.
Q.9. Can I transfer my Community College credits to a University in India ?
Most community colleges have transfer agreements with various universities within India and abroad. Credit transfer between institutions within India is usually possible, but it depends on the program. In terms of transferring credits to a university in your home country, it depends on your home country. IGNOU credentials are often accepted and recognized around the world. It's a good idea to check with universities in your home to confirm acceptance of IGNOU community college or credentials before you leave.
Q.10. What are the benefits of Community Colleges for students?
Community Colleges offer affordable tuition fees, the option of taking a degree or transferring credit toward a University program, small classes, a safe and close community environment, programs partly designed by industry leaders, bridging programs to help you meet institution and program requirements, employment training and work opportunities, industry connections, and extensive language and personal support for international students. Community colleges boast high employment rates for their graduates.
Q.11. Where can I go/ who can I talk to if I have questions or problems?
There are a number of resources if you have questions or problems, depending on the type of question or problem you're dealing with. Some people and offices which can offer help to students at community colleges are: Academic Counselling, Personal Counselling, Student Services, Student Council, Student Services, Student Ombudsman.
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