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Getting a degree at Uni vs College – what’s the difference?

By Judy Cho, who studied nutrition at Endeavour College of Natural Health and a food science degree at the University of NSW.

As a recent graduate of full-time study at a university and a college, I noticed some stark differences between public and private higher education institutions. 

Like many other school leavers, my parents encouraged me to go to university after I finished school, so I enrolled in a science degree at UNSW. 

I really enjoyed the diverse learning environment available at UNSW. There was a wide variety of courses to choose from and I was able to switch my degree from exercise physiology to food science during my second year. All the extra-curricular activities were also great. There was a club for everything and there was always an event to join in on campus. 

However, I’ve always been drawn to nutrition and knew that the best way to study a holistic health subject was at a specialist college.

So less than a year before I finished my degree, I transferred to Endeavour College of Natural Health – and received some credits to fast-track a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine).  

I went from a lecture theatre of 500 people to a classroom with 20 people in it, where I was surrounded by like-minded people who shared the same goals and passions. All of the subjects I studied were relevant to my career outcome and because Endeavour is big on encouraging students to be entrepreneurial and build an online presence, I’ve already had people come to me for consultations from social media prior to launching my own business. 

Now I’m gearing up for my own clinical practice and looking forward to helping others find holistic answers to their health concerns. 

I may even call on some of my Endeavour lecturers, who I connected with as much as my fellow students, for help when I need it, and I’m staying in touch with my college classmates who continue to be a great source of support as we commence our careers in the real world.

For more information, visit www.endeavour.edu.au

Endeavour College of Natural Health is the largest private higher education provider of natural medicine courses in the Southern Hemisphere. 

There are six campuses across Australia and study can be completed online. 

Courses include Naturopathy, Nutrition and Dietetic Medicine, Acupuncture, Complementary Medicine, and Remedial Massage. 

Students can study part time or full time and don’t require any previous education or an ATAR for admission.

A survey of Endeavour College graduates found that half own and operate their own business.

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