Posted by Pdianek on November 12, 2003
In Reply to: To read a subject at university posted by milena ferrante on November 11, 2003
: What does
: "to read a subject at university"
: exactly mean?
: Does it mean: "to study" or "to teach a subject as a lecturer" or both?
: thanx very much for "reading"
As I understand it, to "read" a subject at university in the UK means pretty much the same as to "major in" a subject in the US -- it means that whatever subject it is (physics, Spanish, basketweaving), it's a student's primary academic focus for the duration. In the UK, university is usually three years -- in the US, the standard is four years, but some contemporary US students plan on a "five-year degree", often just because their parents can afford it!
At 20, I once took a train from Leeds to Edinburgh, chatted with a young man, asked him what he was reading at university -- "auto mechanics", he said.