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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 2022
Online
 
Munich Business School
Munich, Germany

Start your student life with the Pre-Bachelor study program! This foundation course, which runs from September to December enables you to improve your mathematics and English ... +

Start your student life with the Pre-Bachelor study program! This foundation course, which runs from September to December enables you to improve your mathematics and English skills and acquire initial business knowledge. It is the perfect preparation for studying English and finishing with the TOEFL test. Afterward, you can start the Bachelor of International Business in February. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 

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Academia Guiu
Barcelona, Spain

Have you finished high school in your country and just arrived in Barcelona? Take the exam in the May call to enter the university. This intensive course for international stu ... +

Have you finished high school in your country and just arrived in Barcelona? Take the exam in the May call to enter the university. This intensive course for international students is the best preparation. In five months you will be able to reach the admission grade you need for the university you choose. This intensive course for the Selectivity is suitable for students who have completed an international baccalaureate or have completed the baccalaureate outside of Spain and the Spanish educational system and want to study at Spanish universities with good results in the university entrance exam or Selectivity. -
Preparatory Programs
Part-time
Spanish, English
Online
 
Junia Graduate School of Engineering (HEI ISEN ISA)
Lille, France

Discover our 100% English-taught preparatory cycle. The program includes science, humanities, and project management, with students having the chance to specialize in computer ... +

Discover our 100% English-taught preparatory cycle. The program includes science, humanities, and project management, with students having the chance to specialize in computer science or mechanics in the 2nd year. -
Preparatory Programs
Full-time
3 years
English
Sep 2023
15 May 2023
Campus
 
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 2023
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
Sep 2022
Online
 
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
 
Accademia del Lusso
Milan, Italy

The Foundation Year at Accademia del Lusso Milan is aimed at those who want to study a bachelor’s degree in Italy but who do not meet the minimum schooling requirement of 12 y ... +

The Foundation Year at Accademia del Lusso Milan is aimed at those who want to study a bachelor’s degree in Italy but who do not meet the minimum schooling requirement of 12 years. At the end of the foundation year, as long as you meet all of the entry requirements, you will be able to go on to study a bachelor’s degree at Accademia del Lusso. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
6 months
English, Italian
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Italian Academy
Syracuse, Italy

A gap year in Italy can be a great opportunity to become fluent in a foreign language. Our long-term courses are ideal for students seeking a break out of the ordinary, a sabb ... +

A gap year in Italy can be a great opportunity to become fluent in a foreign language. Our long-term courses are ideal for students seeking a break out of the ordinary, a sabbatical, or simply an opportunity to spend useful, productive time abroad, immersing in a different culture. -
Preparatory Programs
Full-time
3 - 9 months
English
Campus
 
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
Online