phd student / phd candidate


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?
  • 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.
    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.