An Associate degree (or ‘community college’ course) takes 2 years to complete, with the option to enrol on a full Bachelors degree after successfully completing the course.
You can choose to study on either a terminal basis or a transfer basis with the transfer basis allowing you to switch to a 4 year Bachelors degree. This means you can study an Associate degree for 2 years and then spend your final two years of study on a Bachelors course.
The benefits of studying an Associate degree before moving on to a Bachelors course are multiple for international students as they are less expensive and offer smaller class sizes and more directed learning.
The entrance requirements are usually more flexible too and they can accept lower English language proficiency scores as they offer intensive English programs (IEPs) and English as a second language courses (ESL).