offers hundreds of practice questions and video explanations. Go there now.

Sign up or log in to Magoosh IELTS Prep.

IELTS Vocabulary Words: University Places and Services

On the IELTS Academic test, you’ll see a lot of vocabulary words related to student life at university. Many words will relate to locations on campus. Other words will relate to the faculty who work at the locations. In this post, we’ll review vocabulary words for places and services in higher education.


When students have problems or feel stress, they can meet with a counsellor. At university, counsellors provide advice and assistance to students. They help students with challenges in school and in their personal lives. As the term is used on the IELTS, a university counsellor is both an academic adviser and a psychological therapist.


An administrator is a person on campus who manages a department or a programme. In IELTS listening, you may hear a speaker identify themselves as a university administrator. Or you may read a short passage discussing the role of a specific administrator in a university programme.

Office hours

University staff members may have office hours. These are scheduled when a faculty member is able to see students. For example, a professor might keep office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2p.m. During those scheduled two-hour time periods, students could come see the professor, even if they didn’t have an appointment.


A centre is a physical place on a campus where specific university tasks and activities happen. For instance, a university might have a plant biology research centre. In such a centre, the biology of plants is studied and researched. And some universities also have a counselling centre, a specific location on campus where students can see counsellors. A centre can be an entire building (as many research centres are), or it can be a room or office complex within a building (as is common for university counselling centres).


At a university, a service is a kind of help that is available to students and others on campus. One service that’s often mentioned on the IELTS is information technology (IT) services. “IT services” refers to help and support for users of computers and computer programs. Other common campus services that may be mentioned on the IELTS include dining services and yes–counselling services. (The IELTS really does love to talk about counselling and counsellors.)


When you hear or read the word institute on the IELTS, it will almost always refer to an entire university. “Institute” is another word for university or campus on the exam.

University words related to classes and learning activities

The IELTS also features university vocabulary related to the main purpose of higher education: attending classes and doing educational activities. In my next post on this subject, we’ll look at this type of IELTS vocabulary.

By the way, sign up for our 1-week free trial to try out Magoosh IELTS prep!Most Popular Resources   * IELTS Lessons  <><noscript><img class=

No comments yet.

Magoosh blog comment policy: To create the best experience for our readers, we will only approve comments that are relevant to the article, general enough to be helpful to other students, concise, and well-written! 😄 Due to the high volume of comments across all of our blogs, we cannot promise that all comments will receive responses from our instructors.

We highly encourage students to help each other out and respond to other students' comments if you can!

If you are a Premium Magoosh student and would like more personalized service from our instructors, you can use the Help tab on the Magoosh dashboard. Thanks!

Leave a Reply