"in the university" or "at the university"

Prepositions are such tricky little things! Still, they are an absolutely essential part of speaking perfect English, regardless of their kích thước.

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Why Are Prepositions Important?

Prepositions are most often used in front of nouns or pronouns, và they show the relationship between the noun or pronoun và the other words in a sentence. They indicate direction, time, location, & spatial relationships, as well as other abstract types of relationships.


How Will I Know Which One lớn Use?

We wish there were a secret formula for determining which preposition khổng lồ use with a particular combination of words! The best way to lớn learn which prepositions go with which words is to lớn read as much as you can in English, & pay attention khổng lồ which combinations sound right. Eventually, the choice will be automatic! The more examples you read, the more comfortable you will be in choosing the correct preposition.


Where Are You Studying?

The correct preposition is at! For example, you would say: “I’m studying at Harvard University.”

Other correct examples using this preposition include:

I’m studying for a PhD at the university.I’m an Arts major at Harvard University.I’m at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.She’s a professor at the Faculty of Arts & Sciences.

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Talking About Your Field of Study

This is where you might get confused! The correct preposition here would be in. For example, “I’m majoring in Physics at Harvard University!” You could also say “I’m studying at Harvard University, in the Physics Department.”

Other correct examples using this preposition include:

He is in the university.The library is in the university.I’m a sophomore in college.I’m in university for a master’s degree.


When Can I Use Both?

In some instances, you can use both of these prepositions in the same sentence when talking about a university.

For example:

He’s a Teacher’s Assistant in the Department of Engineering at Harvard University.I’m a PhD student at the Department of Anthropology in Harvard University.She’s a lecturer in Biological Sciences at Harvard.

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