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What is a Preparatory Year? A preparatory year is a program designed to prepare students for their first year of higher education. Preparatory year programs often consist of language courses for those who are not native speakers in the language of study. Foundational undergraduate-level courses may also be included in a preparatory year. A preparatory year differs from a foundation year in the cou… Read more

What is a Preparatory Year?

A preparatory year is a program designed to prepare students for their first year of higher education. Preparatory year programs often consist of language courses for those who are not native speakers in the language of study. Foundational undergraduate-level courses may also be included in a preparatory year. A preparatory year differs from a foundation year in the courses required and the objective of study.

What are the benefits of taking a Preparatory Year?

A preparatory year can help ensure a smoother transition into higher education from secondary school. Students who have chosen to study abroad also find the language courses in a preparatory year beneficial, not only through the duration of their continued studies, but also in their careers. A preparatory year can help lay the groundwork for an undergraduate diploma, associate’s or bachelor’s degree program.

What do we study in a Preparatory Year?

Students primarily take courses in the language of study during their preparatory year. Language courses in the preparatory year are intensive and aimed at promoting fluency in the target language to a point where academic study can be successfully undertaken. Preparatory year language courses are available in English, Czech language, French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and more. Preparatory year language courses not only cover reading, writing, speaking and listening in the target language, but also history and culture. 

What kind of career improvement can you expect with a Preparatory Year?

By opening the door to undergraduate study, a preparatory year also creates the opportunity for significant career improvement. Whether the student is a recent secondary school graduate, or someone returning to study after a period of work, a preparatory year can help ensure success in a degree program. Graduates from degree programs who undertook a preparatory year may find it easier to enter the workforce with a higher level of confidence – not only in their language ability, but also in their understanding of the subject they studied.

How much does it cost to take a Preparatory Year?

The cost of taking a preparatory year can vary significantly depending on the school, country and subject undertaken. A preparatory year may be comparable in price to one year of a degree program, or it may cost less. It is best to contact the school or university offering the preparatory year program to obtain more information about costs. The admissions department at the school may also be able to provide information about financial assistance in the form of scholarships, if available.

Why take a Preparatory Year Online?

A preparatory year online is an opportunity for anyone to complete this requirement without having to significantly adjust one’s schedule. State-of-the-art e-learning technology offered in preparatory year online courses helps bring the classroom to the student. Preparatory year online students get all of the same benefits as those who attend courses on campus, while also benefiting from a more flexible class schedule. Online preparatory year programs are equally as rigorous as on-campus ones, and the resulting credit hours are valued equally. 

To learn more about preparatory year programs, both online and on campus, read more on this website. You can request more information about any programs that interest you using the handy web form on the program detail page.

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Schellhammer Business School
Marbella, Spain

The Online University Foundation programme is aimed at students who are looking at gaining university entry or practical management experience in order to enhance their job pr ... +

The Online University Foundation programme is aimed at students who are looking at gaining university entry or practical management experience in order to enhance their job prospects. Upon completion, students receive a Level 3 Diploma. Students can then apply for admission onto a full on-campus Undergraduate Degree Bachelor’s degree programme from Schellhammer Business School or UK universities. Alternatively, students can continue their on-line studies up to Level 4/5 Extended Diploma in Management and then go on to complete an Undergraduate Top-Up degree on-campus. Both options are available at Schellhammer Business School or UK universities. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
English
Online
 
University of Law Online Undergraduate
UK Online, United Kingdom

The International Foundation Programme - Law Online is designed to help you develop the academic and linguistic skills required for degree-level law study. This course can be ... +

The International Foundation Programme - Law Online is designed to help you develop the academic and linguistic skills required for degree-level law study. This course can be studied over 9 months, or 6 months as an accelerated version, and will offer you a basic introduction to key principles of law, while boosting your skills in the English language and maths. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
6 - 9 months
English
Sep 2021
Online
 
Eötvös Loránd University
Budapest, Hungary

The goal of the Computer Science MSc program is to train Computer Scientist with a professional knowledge-based on solid theoretical background knowledge. The job of a Compute ... +

The goal of the Computer Science MSc program is to train Computer Scientist with a professional knowledge-based on solid theoretical background knowledge. The job of a Computer Scientist synthesizes the constructive activity of engineers with the general problem-solving attitude of mathematicians while participating in teams of large-scale projects. Students of the Foundation Year learn the methodologies as well as the programming languages and tools used in software development. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 

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The University of Law Undergraduate Programmes
London, United Kingdom

The International Foundation Programme for Law is a course providing a pathway to undergraduate degree studies in law. Students will gain an active understanding of a range of ... +

The International Foundation Programme for Law is a course providing a pathway to undergraduate degree studies in law. Students will gain an active understanding of a range of historical and contemporary legal themes, such as civil and criminal law, the development of legal institutions and British, EU and international law. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
6 - 9 months
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
Syracuse Academy
Syracuse, Italy

International students who are interested in applying for an Arts, Fashion, Design or Architecture degree in Italy have the opportunity to build and improve their skills, crea ... +

International students who are interested in applying for an Arts, Fashion, Design or Architecture degree in Italy have the opportunity to build and improve their skills, create their personal portfolio and to learn the Italian language from beginner to advanced level. The ideal pathway to enrolment into Italian universities or fine arts and design schools. The program is fully recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education and also grants direct admission (with no entry test) to the degree programs at MADE Fine Arts and Design Academy. The Foundation Year is an internationally recognized program awarding Italian Ministry of Education academic credits and granting direct admission to the degree programs at MADE Fine Arts and Design Academy, and preparing for admission to any university and design school in Italy. -
Foundation Year Foundation Year
Full-time
6 - 9 months
English, Italian
Oct 2021
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Junia Graduate School of Engineering
Lille, France +2 More

Junia HEI and Junia ISEN offer students the opportunity to join their international preparatory cycle. The program is open to both French and international candidates followin ... +

Junia HEI and Junia ISEN offer students the opportunity to join their international preparatory cycle. The program is open to both French and international candidates following successful completion of their high school diploma. Classes are in English: sciences, soft skills, and project management, with more computer science and mechanics options introduced in the second year. The pathway gives the option of a third-year outside France at one of our partner universities, such as Coventry University, and the opportunity to obtain an undergraduate degree or diploma. Students return to France for their fourth year at Junia HEI or Junia ISEN to earn their Master’s in Engineering. Students also have the option of staying in France during their third year if they prefer. -
Preparatory Programs
Full-time
3 years
English
Nov 2021
Campus
 
The University of Law Business School Undergraduate
London, United Kingdom

The International Foundation Programme for Business is a one year course providing a pathway to undergraduate studies in Business. Students will gain an active understanding o ... +

The International Foundation Programme for Business is a one year course providing a pathway to undergraduate studies in Business. Students will gain an active understanding of a range of themes affecting the contemporary business world, such as international financial markets, management and marketing. Students will also undertake a research project, allowing them to consolidate and showcase their business knowledge, as well as the academic language, numeracy and research skills they will gain on the programme. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
6 - 9 months
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
Academy of Music & Sound Online
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The AMSonline Foundation Degree in Music & Sound is developed to mirror the modern music industry allowing students to gain the skills to be an independent multi-skilled m ... +

The AMSonline Foundation Degree in Music & Sound is developed to mirror the modern music industry allowing students to gain the skills to be an independent multi-skilled music practitioner, fluent with various forms of multi-media. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
English
Aug 2021
Online
 
University of London - LSE
Holborn, United Kingdom

Considering a different career path or advanced study in a new discipline? If you already hold an undergraduate degree, you may qualify for graduate entry to the Online Underg ... +

Considering a different career path or advanced study in a new discipline? If you already hold an undergraduate degree, you may qualify for graduate entry to the Online Undergraduate Programmes in Economics, Management, Finance and the Social Sciences from the University of London. All programmes are designed by leading academics from the internationally ranked London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) – ranked #2 globally for Social Sciences and Management (2021 QS World University Rankings) – meaning you’ll benefit from an academically rigorous, interdisciplinary approach to learning. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
30 - 72 months
English
Online
 
The University of Law Business School Online
UK Online, United Kingdom

The Online International Foundation Programme for Business is a one year course providing a pathway to undergraduate studies in Business. Students will gain an active understa ... +

The Online International Foundation Programme for Business is a one year course providing a pathway to undergraduate studies in Business. Students will gain an active understanding of a range of themes affecting the contemporary business world, such as international financial markets, management and marketing. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
6 - 9 months
English
Jul 2021
Online
 
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
Sep 2021
Campus
 
University of Europe for Applied Sciences
Berlin, Germany +1 More

Your bachelor’s degree might feel like a lifetime ago with new technology, theories, and research entering your field of interest. Refresh your memory with a pre-master course ... +

Your bachelor’s degree might feel like a lifetime ago with new technology, theories, and research entering your field of interest. Refresh your memory with a pre-master course at UE. The pre-master for Business and Sports, Media & Event programs teaches the first semester of Business & Management Studies (B.Sc.). The following topics are taught: Business Administration Basics, Accounting & Mathematics, Value Chain Management, Economics: Theory and Business English. -
Preparatory Programs
Full-time
English
Aug 2021
Campus
 
Arden University
Coventry, United Kingdom

Arden’s BA (Hons) Business & Computing degree is available to study with a fully integrated, supportive foundation year. The foundation year equips you with academic skill ... +

Arden’s BA (Hons) Business & Computing degree is available to study with a fully integrated, supportive foundation year. The foundation year equips you with academic skills to succeed on your full undergraduate degree in business and computing, including basic numeracy and research skills, as well as IT and business topics. In this computing course, you’ll study computer technology, information systems and the business environment, which apply to a range of sectors. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
Part-time
4 - 12 years
English
Jul 2021
Online
 
Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance
Brighton, United Kingdom

The Acting Foundation Course provides rigorous and in-depth training that will give you the skills, techniques and confidence invaluable either as a preparation for further vo ... +

The Acting Foundation Course provides rigorous and in-depth training that will give you the skills, techniques and confidence invaluable either as a preparation for further vocational training, higher education (degree or MA/MFA) or for a career in the performing arts. The course is designed to support your development as an actor in training, auditioning and future practice in a way that is rigorous and professional. It will also develop you physically, vocally and imaginatively whilst encouraging an independent and in-depth approach to your work. We arrange a number of theatre visits and masterclass workshops as well as termly audition panels with core staff and external theatre and casting directors. Students get help to build their actors' portfolio of audition material as well as getting one to one vocal coaching. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
6 months
English
Campus
 
Universitatea De Vest Din Timisoara
Timișoara, Romania

The Department of Modern Languages affiliated to the Faculty of Letters, History, and Theology has the mission to offer students a high standard education in the field of fore ... +

The Department of Modern Languages affiliated to the Faculty of Letters, History, and Theology has the mission to offer students a high standard education in the field of foreign languages and works of literature. -
Preparatory Programs
Full-time
Rumenian
Sep 2021
Campus