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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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Palacky University
Olomouc , Czech Republic

The English Foundation Programme is a study programme, designed to give students a foundation that they can build on when they are pursuing a more advanced degree (Bachelor, M ... +

The English Foundation Programme is a study programme, designed to give students a foundation that they can build on when they are pursuing a more advanced degree (Bachelor, Master). The goal of the Foundation Programme is to improve the English language skills of students who wish to study at Palacký University Olomouc, but do not yet have the necessary level of language competence and study skills to start a Bachelor/Master degree programme in academic English. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
9 months
English
18 Jan 2021
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
Jan 2021
31 Oct 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 Foundation Year
Full-time
English
Campus
Online
 

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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
Campus
 
ICP International College Portsmouth
Portsmouth , United Kingdom

ICP offers Pre-Sessional English courses to students who need to improve their academic English language skills before commencing their chosen foundation course. Students stud ... +

ICP offers Pre-Sessional English courses to students who need to improve their academic English language skills before commencing their chosen foundation course. Students studying English language are part of the ICP student body and have access to the same university facilities as those in academic courses. The courses are offered directly prior to each academic intake. Successful completion of the Pre-sessional course guarantees you a place on the following academic stage at ICP. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
10 weeks
English
Campus
 
The College, Swansea University
Swansea , United Kingdom

If you do not meet the English Language requirement for direct entry to your chosen pathway, you can receive the required amount of English Language tuition to prepare you for ... +

If you do not meet the English Language requirement for direct entry to your chosen pathway, you can receive the required amount of English Language tuition to prepare you for successful entry into your chosen programme at a later date. The English Language training is conducted by Swansea University's English Language Training Services (ELTS). -
Preparatory Programs
Full-time
Part-time
2 - 6 weeks
English
Campus
Online
 
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
 
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 International Foundation Year. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
English
Sep 2021
15 Jun 2021
Campus
 
Maastricht University, Faculty of Science and Engineering

The Foundation Programme is for motivated international students who want to do a bachelor’s programme at Maastricht University but still need to meet the admission requiremen ... +

The Foundation Programme is for motivated international students who want to do a bachelor’s programme at Maastricht University but still need to meet the admission requirements. The Foundation Programme will provide you with intensive training in academic skills, courses relevant to your chosen bachelor’s programme, and English language skills (depending on your level). Outside of the classroom, the Foundation Programme offers support and organises events that will help you make new friends and adjust to life in the Netherlands. The yearlong training provides you with a unique international classroom experience specially designed for a bachelor’s at Maastricht University, the most international university in the Netherlands. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Muscat University
Muscat , Oman

The Muscat University International Foundation Programme produces ‘degree-ready’ students who will progress to one of Muscat University’s bachelor programmes delivered in part ... +

The Muscat University International Foundation Programme produces ‘degree-ready’ students who will progress to one of Muscat University’s bachelor programmes delivered in partnership with Aston University. The Foundation Programme is quality assured by Aston University, UK. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
36 weeks
English
Campus
 
LSI Portsmouth
Portsmouth , United Kingdom

Do you need to achieve a Grade B in the OET exam for Nurses and Doctors as quickly as possible? If so, LSI Portsmouth’s OET course for Nurses and Doctors is for you. LSI Ports ... +

Do you need to achieve a Grade B in the OET exam for Nurses and Doctors as quickly as possible? If so, LSI Portsmouth’s OET course for Nurses and Doctors is for you. LSI Portsmouth is an official OET Premium Preparation Provider, one of only a few in the UK. This means that the OET preparation courses run by LSI Portsmouth have the highest possible standard and are among the best in the country. -
Preparatory Programs
Full-time
English
02 Nov 2020
Campus
Online
 
University for the Creative Arts
Farnham , United Kingdom

Our International Foundation is fully integrated with English language teaching, helping you to reach your IELTS target for undergraduate-level study. Dedicated to preparing i ... +

Our International Foundation is fully integrated with English language teaching, helping you to reach your IELTS target for undergraduate-level study. Dedicated to preparing international students for an undergraduate degree in the UK, this course celebrates the culture of each student whilst providing vital insight into Higher Education in the UK. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
10 months
English
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
 
HSE Higher School of Economics
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
Campus
 
UC Berkeley Global: Study-Abroad Opportunities
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 Foundation Year
Full-time
4 - 8 months
English
Campus
 

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