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A two-year program is one that lasts for two years. Say, Sally’s in year 1 and she’s starting the program. In year 2, she will end the program. That’s not what I’m looking for.

I want an adjective to describe a program that will be offered to Sally, who’s in year 1, and at the same time, to Jack, who’s currently in year 2. It’s a program that will happen only once.

I’m doing some world-building and designing an academic program that’s offered to two years/grades concurrently. How would I describe such a program?

A ________ program.

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  • How long is the program? Do Sally and Jack continue into a second year of the program in Years 2 and 3 respectively?
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented Aug 28, 2016 at 13:27
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    @lightweaver Perhaps the adjective modifies the offer rather than the program. It would translate to something like "the program is offered to people in both years".
    – Lawrence
    Commented Aug 28, 2016 at 13:28
  • @AndrewLeach It lasts for a few weeks. Commented Aug 28, 2016 at 13:49
  • @Lawrence That would be a clear way of putting it. However, I’m still interested in a word that could be used in the form “A _____ program” if possible. Commented Aug 28, 2016 at 13:50
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    Since you are doing worldbuilding, is there any word that describes your first two years? If they are maybe novices in the first two years, you could say a novice-level program.
    – Helmar
    Commented Aug 28, 2016 at 16:41

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The term you want is "multigrade":

A multigrade classroom is a single classroom that hosts a class made up of students in multiple grades. The students can be of different ages or of the same ages but in different grade levels.

Multigrade only makes sense for K-12 classes. In college, all classes are like that.


Alternatively, consider the term "multiage":

Multi-age classrooms or composite classes are classrooms with students from more than one grade level.

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  • “In college, all classes are like that” — Not necessarily. Lots of classes in med school, for instance, are only offered to students in specific terms, at least here. Commented Sep 30, 2016 at 22:11

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