phd student / phd candidate

sanjua

Member
Spanish
Hello! I'm trying to understand the difference between phd "student" and phd "candidate". In spanish, the difference is that a "candidato" is someone who has applied to a phd but has not began working on it, while an "estudiante" is already working on the phd. In english is there any difference?
 
  • codina

    Senior Member
    Español - México
    Hi,

    This terms vary from university to university, usually a PhD student is granted the candidate status after completion of a "comprehensive examination", which occurs sometime after the first year.
     

    Sikaranista

    Senior Member
    American English
    Here in the U.S., a "Ph.D. Candidate" is a student who has completed all of the academic requirements for their degree, except their dissertation.
     
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