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Preparatory Year Programs in Natural Sciences

A preparatory year prepares students who have finished their secondary education and are unsure if college is the right path for them. It is also a good path for those who want to continue their education but are ill-prepared for the academic challenges that college presents. What is a Preparatory Year in Natural Sciences? A science degree is challenging and requires strong academic and laboratory… Read more

A preparatory year prepares students who have finished their secondary education and are unsure if college is the right path for them. It is also a good path for those who want to continue their education but are ill-prepared for the academic challenges that college presents.

What is a Preparatory Year in Natural Sciences? A science degree is challenging and requires strong academic and laboratory skills. A preparatory year trains students for this rigorous subject while introducing different natural science topics. Students develop a strong foundation so that they can be successful in pursuing a science-focused education. Each program will vary but subjects studied may include biology, physics, chemistry, and earth science. 

Along with studying different science areas, students also often learn critical thinking and analytical skills that will benefit their future education and career. Even if an individual decides not to pursue a science degree after the preparatory year, they still come away with a number of other skills that will help them in other areas.

The tuition and fees can vary greatly from one program to another. Preparatory years are offered all over the world so the location of the school is a big factor. Students are encouraged to research a number of programs and contact the schools directly to find out what financial obligations to expect.

Completing a preparatory year will not lead to a career in science, but it does provide a foundation for future education. Most careers will require a bachelor’s, masters, or doctorate degree in a particular area of study. Careers in natural science cover a wide range, from employment in math, ecology, or the medical field to medical research or marine science.

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Middlesex University Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Middlesex University Dubai International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a 180 credit programme that aims to provide students with the required skills for entry into one of ... +

The Middlesex University Dubai International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a 180 credit programme that aims to provide students with the required skills for entry into one of our undergraduate programmes. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
English
Jan 2022
Campus
 
Harbour.Space University
Barcelona, Spain +1 More

If your Math level is not sufficient, you can first join our intensive, one year preparatory Math as a Second Language (MSL) course before starting the math-intensive degree s ... +

If your Math level is not sufficient, you can first join our intensive, one year preparatory Math as a Second Language (MSL) course before starting the math-intensive degree studies. After successful completion of MSL students are granted an automatic right to enter all math intensive degrees at Harbour.Space. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Ca' Foscari University of Venice
Venice, Italy

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice's School for International Education offers a university preparatory year program for international students called the Foundation Year.

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice's School for International Education offers a university preparatory year program for international students called the Foundation Year. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
8 months
English
Oct 2022
Campus
 

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IUMW - International University of Malaya-Wales
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Your educational journey will see you acquiring a solid basis in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics, as well as skills such as critical thinking, writing, public spe ... +

Your educational journey will see you acquiring a solid basis in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics, as well as skills such as critical thinking, writing, public speaking, and presentation techniques. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
English
Feb 2022
Campus
 
National Research Tomsk State University
Tomsk, Russia

Preparatory courses can prepare you for your future studies anywhere all over Russia. It is important that you are not only going to study the language alone. We are going to ... +

Preparatory courses can prepare you for your future studies anywhere all over Russia. It is important that you are not only going to study the language alone. We are going to help you brush up your knowledge of different subjects such as Maths, Physics, or any other depending on your study field. Finally, learning a language will help you get to know Russian culture and have a great time as a student in Russia! -
Preparatory Programs
Full-time
Russian
Campus
 
University Of L'Aquila
L'Aquila, Italy

The Pre-Master's Foundation Programme (PMFP) in Applied Mathematics aims at homogenizing the competencies portfolios of prospective students of the two Master's Programmes in ... +

The Pre-Master's Foundation Programme (PMFP) in Applied Mathematics aims at homogenizing the competencies portfolios of prospective students of the two Master's Programmes in Mathematical Modelling and Mathematical Engineering at the University of L'Aquila, which include the Erasmus Mundus program "InterMaths - Interdisciplinary Mathematics", the joint Master's program "MathMods", and the "InterMaths" Double Degree program. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
8 months
English
Sep 2022
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Scuola Leonardo Da Vinci
Milan, Italy +3 More

Italian Universities of Bari, Milan, Pavia, Rome La Sapienza, Rome Tor Vergata and Seconda Università of Naples are now offering undergraduate Medicine and Surgery courses tau ... +

Italian Universities of Bari, Milan, Pavia, Rome La Sapienza, Rome Tor Vergata and Seconda Università of Naples are now offering undergraduate Medicine and Surgery courses taught in English. In order to access these academic programs, applicants have to pass IMAT, International Medical Admissions Test, the official Entry test developed by the Italian Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MIUR) in cooperation with Cambridge Assessment’s Admissions Testing Service. Scuola Leonardo da Vinci organizes a specific University Preparation Corse for IMAT, aiming to provide scientific and logical critical skills to all foreign students willing to attempt IMAT in order to enter an Italian Medicine Faculty. -
Preparatory Programs
Full-time
3 weeks
English
Campus
 
University of Hertfordshire
Hatfield, United Kingdom

Home to some of the UK’s best teaching facilities, our School has a planetarium and fully equipped undergraduate laboratories and our Bayfordbury Observatory is recognised as ... +

Home to some of the UK’s best teaching facilities, our School has a planetarium and fully equipped undergraduate laboratories and our Bayfordbury Observatory is recognised as one of the best in the UK. You’ll be taught by exceptional mathematicians and scientists and will have great opportunities to put your skills into practice, including a year-long work placement in the UK or abroad and to work with our industry partners on innovative new projects. Our renowned research includes the astrophysics of galaxies and black holes, quantum computing and climate change. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
2 semesters
English
24 Jan 2022
Campus
 
ICP International College Portsmouth
Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Students can enter at Stage 1 (University Foundation) and are guaranteed progression to the first year of a relevant degree, providing that progression criterion are met. Stag ... +

Students can enter at Stage 1 (University Foundation) and are guaranteed progression to the first year of a relevant degree, providing that progression criterion are met. Stage 1 takes place in ICP using dedicated lecturers and benefits from small class sizes. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
2 semesters
English
Campus
 
Totino-Grace High School
Minneapolis, USA

Totino-Grace has an exceptional tradition for academic excellence, spiritual growth, athletic and co-curricular engagement, and inspiring service opportunities. Totino-Grace i ... +

Totino-Grace has an exceptional tradition for academic excellence, spiritual growth, athletic and co-curricular engagement, and inspiring service opportunities. Totino-Grace is more than just a high school. Totino-Grace is a student's best preparation for life: inspiring and faith-filled, rigorous and engaging, creative and collaborative—a school where each student will develop confidence in themselves and their futures. -
Preparatory Programs
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Trinity College Dublin - International foundation programme
Dublin, Ireland

Our International Foundation Programme is aimed at students who have the drive and ambition to attend a world-class educational institute, but cannot begin an international un ... +

Our International Foundation Programme is aimed at students who have the drive and ambition to attend a world-class educational institute, but cannot begin an international undergraduate degree directly. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Stars International University
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

This Level 3 qualification award is a full-time one-year bridging program taking international students from 12 years of high school education and preparing them for their und ... +

This Level 3 qualification award is a full-time one-year bridging program taking international students from 12 years of high school education and preparing them for their undergraduate entry. All unit content is drawn from the (UK) national program of study for their A-level counterparts and assessed at a Level 3 standard. The assessment is highly controlled whereby NCC Education produces all the assessment and marking schemes, with examinations marked by NCC Education in the UK (and that would include all the science units) whilst assignments are marked by the centre and moderated by NCC Education staff again here in the UK. L3IFDHES is designed for international students who have studied usually in a 12-grade system and who need to complete extra study to meet the UK’s Higher Education entry requirements. The L3IFDHES prepares students linguistically and socio-culturally in areas such as the English language, Computing, Business, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics to enter the first year of a United Kingdom degree course. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
English
Campus
 
University of Adelaide College
Adelaide, Australia

Biology aims to provide students with an appreciation for the phenomenon of life at levels ranging from the interactions of molecules to the interactions of organisms within t ... +

Biology aims to provide students with an appreciation for the phenomenon of life at levels ranging from the interactions of molecules to the interactions of organisms within the biosphere. -
Preparatory Programs
English
Jan 2022
 
Sinte Gleska University
Mission, USA

The Foundational Studies program's mission at Sinte Gleska University is to increase the retention and graduation rates for eligible students; to foster an institutional clima ... +

The Foundational Studies program's mission at Sinte Gleska University is to increase the retention and graduation rates for eligible students; to foster an institutional climate supportive of the success of all new students at SGU. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 
Lehigh Carbon Community College
Schnecksville, USA

The Biology program is intended for students who plan to transfer in the following areas of study: Allied Health, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomechanical Engineering, Chiropracti ... +

The Biology program is intended for students who plan to transfer in the following areas of study: Allied Health, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomechanical Engineering, Chiropractic, Dentistry, Ecology, Environmental Biology, Genetics, Marine Biology, Medical Technology, Medicine, Molecular Biology, Optometry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, or related areas. -
Preparatory Programs
English