Preparatory Year Programs in English

A preparatory year, or “prep year,” offers high school and secondary school graduates a period in which to hone their skills in a given area before putting them into practice at a four-year college or university. Popular all over the world, prep years provide students with education and training that proves useful when seeking an academic degree. Just what is a preparatory year in Engl… Read more

A preparatory year, or “prep year,” offers high school and secondary school graduates a period in which to hone their skills in a given area before putting them into practice at a four-year college or university. Popular all over the world, prep years provide students with education and training that proves useful when seeking an academic degree.

Just what is a preparatory year in English? There is substantial variation from one English prep year program to another, but students should generally expect to cover an array of material relating to comprehension of both the English language and an assortment of important works of literature. Depending on where an English prep year course is offered, it may emphasize familiarity with the language itself over comprehension of notable works, or the opposite may be the case.

Students who effectively complete a prep year in English have the educational foundation needed to pursue a four-year liberal arts degree. They are also well-prepared and generally able to make a smooth transition into a college or university environment.

While a preparatory year in English is generally a solid investment, the final amount of that investment varies based on several factors. The prestige of the program and the school through which it is taken often factor into final tuition costs.

Those who complete an English preparatory year are prepared to enter a four-year college or university; once a degree is earned, they are equipped to pursue work in a wide array of liberal arts-related areas. Many choose to work in education, while others pursue employment as freelance or technical writers, publishers, marketing and media professionals, librarians, tutors or government officials.

Students interested in furthering their liberal arts education by first taking an English prep year should explore the plentiful options available through our global directory of related programs. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Berlin International College
Berlin, Germany

The is a unique BIC Preparation Program taught in English language for students interested to study at a university in engineering, IT and related technical degrees in Germany ... +

The is a unique BIC Preparation Program taught in English language for students interested to study at a university in engineering, IT and related technical degrees in Germany. -
Preparatory Programs
Full-time
8 months
English
Jan 2021
13 Sep 2020
Campus
 
d'Overbroeck's
Oxford, United Kingdom

Our UK Study Abroad courses are designed specifically for students like you wanting to experience studying in a UK school. We have students from all over the world coming to l ... +

Our UK Study Abroad courses are designed specifically for students like you wanting to experience studying in a UK school. We have students from all over the world coming to learn and experience life in the university city of Oxford. -
Preparatory Programs
Full-time
4 - 12 months
English
Apr 2020
Campus
 
Hawaii Tokai International College
Kapolei, USA

Students who enter HTIC with limited English proficiency are enrolled in the College Preparatory Program. This five-level, integrated learning program emphasizes English as a ... +

Students who enter HTIC with limited English proficiency are enrolled in the College Preparatory Program. This five-level, integrated learning program emphasizes English as a Second Language (ESL) studies within the framework of liberal arts subject matter in a challenging, hands-on setting. Students who successfully complete the skills-based College Preparatory Program may apply to enter the Liberal Arts Program. -
Preparatory Programs
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Avicenna International College
Budapest, Hungary

Avicenna Business Foundation Program (BFP) is designed for those international students who have finished high school and would like to continue their studies in Europe in the ... +

Avicenna Business Foundation Program (BFP) is designed for those international students who have finished high school and would like to continue their studies in Europe in the English language-based university. BFP will provide a strong basis in general and academic English for the students and also offer some understanding of basic business-related subjects. Our graduates can apply to any European or North American university. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
English
05 Apr 2020
Campus
 
Divan International
Amman, Jordan

NCUK established a foundation year for international students from around the globe to be qualified for studying the Bachelor Degree in 17 UK universities and 27 worldwide. IF ... +

NCUK established a foundation year for international students from around the globe to be qualified for studying the Bachelor Degree in 17 UK universities and 27 worldwide. IFY designed for all academic streams: Science, Literature and Business, upon students’ selections and desires. IELTS, TOEFL or Password specific achievement grade is required. -
Foundation Year
Part-time
English
Oct 2020
01 Oct 2020
Campus
 
Jacobs University Foundation Year
Bremen, Germany

You are young, ambitious and are looking for inspiration? You have finished high school, want a taste of life at university, and yearn to learn more about the world and its cu ... +

You are young, ambitious and are looking for inspiration? You have finished high school, want a taste of life at university, and yearn to learn more about the world and its cultures? Then you will be interested in our Foundation Year Program. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Dongbei University of Finance & Economics
Dalian, China

The Foundation Program will help students to prepare and get through the transition smoothly for future studies in the university. This program has been designed carefully and ... +

The Foundation Program will help students to prepare and get through the transition smoothly for future studies in the university. This program has been designed carefully and is based on preparing students who need extra support to enhance their chances of educational success. -
Preparatory Programs
Full-time
8 weeks
English
Campus
 
Summer at Smith College
Northampton, USA

This one-week College Admission Workshop is designed for rising high school juniors and seniors to give promising young women like you the best practices, guidance and top tip ... +

This one-week College Admission Workshop is designed for rising high school juniors and seniors to give promising young women like you the best practices, guidance and top tips for successfully navigating the college application process. Your instructors are Smith's professional admission staff, as well as visiting admission officers from other top-ranked colleges and universities. -
Preparatory Programs
7 days
English
19 Jul 2020
02 Jun 2020
Campus
 
Superior Institutions of Science & Technology (SIST)
Casablanca, Morocco +2 More

SIST provides a Foundation Year that is oriented for students who still have difficulty in mastering the English language or who do not feel quite confident yet to go straight ... +

SIST provides a Foundation Year that is oriented for students who still have difficulty in mastering the English language or who do not feel quite confident yet to go straight to the BA level. The program for the foundation year is not limited to teaching the language, but it aims to also enable students to learn all the tools needed to conduct academic research and how to deliver professional presentations. Apart from mastering the English language, the students will learn all the business tools that will prepare them to access level 1 in confidence. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
9 months
English
Campus
 
Высшая школа экономики
Moscow, Russia

Russian language training for international students seeking to enter Russian-taught bachelor's and master's programs.

Russian language training for international students seeking to enter Russian-taught bachelor's and master's programs. -
Preparatory Programs
Full-time
English, Russian
Sep 2020
31 Jul 2020
Campus
 
Oxford Sixth Form College
Oxford, United Kingdom

A number of students join the College each year to retake GCSE subjects, either alongside A-Level courses or before starting A Levels. Students may need higher grades to satis ... +

A number of students join the College each year to retake GCSE subjects, either alongside A-Level courses or before starting A Levels. Students may need higher grades to satisfy university entrance requirements – or may simply want to broaden their options for future education. -
Preparatory Programs
Full-time
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
The University of Waikato
Hamilton, New Zealand

The Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies is our international bridging programme for students who have completed high school but have not meet the academic entry re ... +

The Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies is our international bridging programme for students who have completed high school but have not meet the academic entry requirements for entry into degree study. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
5 months
English
Campus
 
Eötvös Loránd University
Budapest, Hungary

The English Foundation Course (Preparatory Year) has been designed for students who wish to study at ELTE or another European university, but do not yet have the necessary lev ... +

The English Foundation Course (Preparatory Year) has been designed for students who wish to study at ELTE or another European university, but do not yet have the necessary level of language competence and study skills to start a BA degree program. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
English
Feb 2020
Campus
 
University of New York in Prague (UNYP)
Prague, Czech Republic

The goal of the Foundation Program is to improve the English language skills of prospective UNYP students so that they can qualify for a degree course. Credits awarded for cou ... +

The goal of the Foundation Program is to improve the English language skills of prospective UNYP students so that they can qualify for a degree course. Credits awarded for courses on the ESL2 program may be applied towards a UNYP bachelor’s degree. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
UC Berkeley Extension
Berkeley, USA

Welcome to the vibrant university town of Berkeley, California! As part of the College Foundations Program (CFP), you'll join other international high school graduates prepari ... +

Welcome to the vibrant university town of Berkeley, California! As part of the College Foundations Program (CFP), you'll join other international high school graduates preparing for university study. Attend college-level courses where you'll build English skills and become familiar with typical U.S. university classroom discussions and assignments. Boost your TOEFL and SAT scores through test preparation and get personal college admissions advising. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
4 months
English
Jan 2020
Campus