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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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Harbour.Space University
Barcelona, Spain

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
 
Academia Guiu
Barcelona, Spain

Exam Preparation Course for University Access. (Selectividad UNED)

Exam Preparation Course for University Access. (Selectividad UNED) -
Preparatory Programs
Full-time
Spanish
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
Sep 2020
30 Jun 2020
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
English
Sep 2020
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
25 Aug 2020
Campus
 
The University of Law Undergraduate Programmes
London, United Kingdom

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

The International Foundation Programme for Law is a one year 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. Students will also undertake a research project, allowing them to consolidate and showcase their legal 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 2020
Campus
 
Cranfield University
Cranfield, United Kingdom

This specialist course can be used as a stepping-stone to an exciting career in engineering and will prepare you if you do not meet the pre-requisite entry requirements for ma ... +

This specialist course can be used as a stepping-stone to an exciting career in engineering and will prepare you if you do not meet the pre-requisite entry requirements for many of our MSc courses. It is an intensive, full-time course delivered through a mixture of lectures, practical laboratory sessions and design exercises, over 10 months. -
Preparatory Programs
Full-time
10 months
English
Oct 2020
Campus
 
United International Business Schools
Zürich, Switzerland +8 More

This program allows students who are 17 or older and who have completed less than 12 years of formal education to earn up to an additional 60 credits in undergraduate courses ... +

This program allows students who are 17 or older and who have completed less than 12 years of formal education to earn up to an additional 60 credits in undergraduate courses in order to qualify for admission in our undergraduate degree programs. Refer to the undergraduate admission requirements for further details. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
English
Campus
 
University of Pisa Summer - Winter Schools & Foundation Course
Pisa, Italy

The Foundation Course is a study program, taught in English and primarily aimed at candidates who do not possess the minimum schooling requirements outlined in current legisla ... +

The Foundation Course is a study program, taught in English and primarily aimed at candidates who do not possess the minimum schooling requirements outlined in current legislation for enrolment at Italian universities. Attendance of the Foundation Course is mandatory and students must accumulate all the credits provided by the course in order to obtain the final qualification. The modules available within the Foundation Course are taught in English and a certificate of knowledge of the English language at a B2 level is required. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
English, Italian
01 Sep 2020
30 Jun 2020
Campus
 
Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Ca’ Foscari offers a university preparatory year programme through the School for International Education that is aimed at international students: the Foundation Year. The Fou ... +

Ca’ Foscari offers a university preparatory year programme through the School for International Education that is aimed at international students: the Foundation Year. The Foundation Year is right for you if: • upon completing high school you will have fewer than the 12 years of schooling required to enrol in a bachelor’s degree in Italy • you want to improve your English or Italian language skills before beginning an undergraduate degree at an Italian university • you studied in the American school system and will not have the three Advanced Placement exams required to enrol in university in Italy • you studied in the British school system and will not have the three A-levels required to enrol in university in Italy -
Foundation Year
Full-time
English
Campus
 
“1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia
Alba Iulia, Romania

The one-year, full-time academic program in Romanian as a Foreign Language is addressed to foreign citizens who wish to gain entry onto a Romanian degree program (at bachelor, ... +

The one-year, full-time academic program in Romanian as a Foreign Language is addressed to foreign citizens who wish to gain entry onto a Romanian degree program (at bachelor, master, Ph.D. level), as well as post-graduate and advanced training programs in various fields. The program also meets the needs of expatriates who work in Romania and who want to acquire a formal language certification. The course aims at developing international students" skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in Romanian for academic purposes. By the end of the course, students will have reached level B2 of the Common European Framework. -
Preparatory Programs
Full-time
Rumenian
Oct 2020
30 Aug 2020
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
Campus
 
Murdoch University Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Foundation Program is created to prepare you for entry into your chosen undergraduate degree program. The units you study while completing this program depend on the under ... +

The Foundation Program is created to prepare you for entry into your chosen undergraduate degree program. The units you study while completing this program depend on the undergraduate program you wish to study. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
2 semesters
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
University of Northampton International College
Northampton, United Kingdom

This excellent pathway area provides students who have an interest in accounting, finance or economics with a distinctive academic background that will prepare them for a high ... +

This excellent pathway area provides students who have an interest in accounting, finance or economics with a distinctive academic background that will prepare them for a high-achieving career. the University of Northampton is one of only six universities to have their courses accredited by AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) and up to nine exemptions are available from ACCA for select courses. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
2 semesters
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
Academia Guiu
Barcelona, Spain

Exam Preparation Course for University Access (Selectividad UNED)

Exam Preparation Course for University Access (Selectividad UNED) -
Preparatory Programs
Full-time
6 months
Spanish
Campus
 

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