Preparatory Year

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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 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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Access Academy Program

Asian university for women
Campus Full time 1 year August 2018 Bangladesh Chittagong

Access Academy is a flagship year of pre-collegiate courses at Asian University for Women (AUW) focused on English communication skills, critical thinking, problem-solving, and strategies for life-long learning. [+]

Access Academy is a flagship year of pre-collegiate courses at Asian University for Women (AUW) focused on English communication skills, critical thinking, problem-solving, and strategies for life-long learning. The program is designed to help students overcome prior deficits in their educational background and prepare for success in AUW’s liberal arts and sciences undergraduate program.

Curriculum Courses include: Computer Literacy, Geography, Language & Composition, Pre-Calculus, Reading Across Disciplines, and World Civilizations; Features a required Leadership Seminar and Martial Arts training; Offers opportunities for community service and extracurricular engagement. Student Testimonials ... [-]

USA Exam Preparation Course (GMAT, IELTS, TOEFL)

Kaplan International USA
Campus Full time 2 - 24 weeks Open Enrollment USA Lower East Side Berkeley Boston Chicago Seattle Huntington Beach Los Angeles Miami Philadelphia Portland San Diego San Francisco Santa Barbara Woodcrest Village United Kingdom City of London + 15 more

We offer exam preparation courses for the most widely known English language exams. With these programs, you can focus on exam content and test-taking strategies to help you pass your chosen qualification with the grade you want. [+]

Prepare for the best with our Exam Preparation Courses Study towards a TOEFL®, IELTS®, Cambridge, GRE® or GMAT® qualification with a specially designed course for each option. Some of our schools are also test centers, so you can study and take the test in the same place. Exam preparation courses with Kaplan International English are the quickest way to your certification. Prepare for your test with a world leader in exam preparation. We offer exam preparation in the USA, UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand A large selection of start dates so you can begin your studies when it suits you Courses that will benefit you professionally and personally

Our Exam Preparation Courses: Cambridge CELTA: The Cambridge CELTA is a teacher training course that will put you on the path to being an English as a Foreign Language teacher, certified by Cambridge University. Take the CELTA and learn what you need to know to be an effective, successful English teacher and use your qualification to get a job! Cambridge Exam: The Cambridge Exam is an internationally recognized test and qualification of English language ability. Our Cambridge preparation courses enable you to feel confident taking the exam and help you gain the best mark you can. Cambridge FCE Exam Preparation: During lessons for this FCE preparation course, you will cover all sections of the FCE in detail. This includes taking practice tests, learning the best exam techniques, and improving your general level of English. Cambridge CAE Exam Preparation: During... [-]


Art Preparatory Year

MOPA
Campus Full time 1 year Open Enrollment France Arles

The Preparatory Year in Arts is a generalist year in two areas: animated film and design, and aims to assist you in entering grandes écoles, notably in animation, design or architecture. [+]

MoPA and the design school ESDAC enjoy excellent reputations for excellence, long experience and have joined together to create a specific and original teaching programme.

Tuition language: French

The Preparatory Year in Arts is a generalist year in two areas: animated film and design, and aims to assist you in entering grandes ecoles, notably in animation, design or architecture.

Two study locations: Arles & Marseille.

The objective

The teaching alternates fundamental artistic subjects with workshops and projects in photography, animated film, spatial design or fashion design…

The course

Our objective is the bring out your creative potential, enrich your cultural and artistic knowledge, give you work methods and, above all, they give you confidence in your talents.... [-]


General Spanish

Native Language College
Campus Full time 1 - 52 weeks Open Enrollment Spain Madrid

At Native Language College we are dedicated to giving you the best possible opportunities to learn Spanish and to maximize your potential whether you are learning to further your career, to develop your own personal skill-set or to travel the Spanish-speaking world with confidence. [+]

Spanish intensive course 20h

At Native Language College we are dedicated to giving you the best possible opportunities to learn Spanish and to maximize your potential whether you are learning to further your career, to develop your own personal skill-set or to travel the Spanish-speaking world with confidence.

Student Profile

Our intensive course is developed for you who are really committed to learn Spanish and immerse yourself in Spanish life. You not only will learn Spanish if not will live Spanish

Benefits

Our classes focus on developing your communicative abilities. At all times you will be encouraged and supported to use the Spanish language. You will learn in a variety of contexts and develop all main skills: reading, writing, speaking, listening and use of Spanish. With this course you will be able to reach your personal goals such as SIELE certification (Recognition International that certifies the degree of proficiency for the Spanish language)... [-]


Summer Entrepreneurship

Vesalius College
Campus 10 days July 2018 Belgium Brussels

This summer school lets you explore and experience the joy of creating unique solutions to market opportunities and turning these into a business plan. After completing the programme successfully, you will earn 6 transferrable ECTS credits. [+]

10-Day ‘Innovative Entrepreneurship Summer School’

Welcome to the 2018 Innovative Entrepreneurship Summer School. This summer school lets you explore and experience the joy of creating unique solutions to market opportunities and turning these into a business plan. After completing the programme successfully, you will earn 6 transferrable ECTS credits.

This summer school is for creative entrepreneurial students who are willing to take risks in the marketplace. If you are creative, forward-thinking, wanting to share a unique summer with other like-minded students, then you should not miss this opportunity. No prior knowledge is required. All that is required is your passion and intellect.... [-]


Access to Spanish Education – Undergraduate Degrees

Malaca Instituto
Campus January 2018 Spain Málaga

In previous years non-EU students had to pass the PAU/Selectividad examinations in order to gain access to an Undergraduate Degree course at a Spanish University. [+]

Malaca Instituto

Malaca Instituto is an award-winning language school in Málaga in the south of Spain. Founded in 1971, the school has more than 45 years of experience and is therefore widely recognized as one of the leading language schools in Spain. We are one of the only 10 language schools worldwide to have achieved Super Star status by winning 5 times the Study Abroad Industry Star Award. Moreover, all our teachers are native speakers of Spanish, have a University degree or comparable experience and have been with us for a long time which means they are highly experienced in our effective way of teaching Spanish: all our full-time teachers have been with us more than 20 years!

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A Level Courses

MPW
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom Cambridge London Birmingham + 2 more

We offer a wide selection of A level subjects over three different study durations: one year, 18 months and two years. The one-year and two-year course starts in September and the 18-month course starts in January. Students normally study 4 subjects and IELTS English (if required)) in year 1 and continue with three subjects and English (if required) in year 2. [+]

MPW has been welcoming international students for more than 15 years. With around 150 spaces for new international students available each year across the Group, MPW has a vibrant international community that benefits from interacting with the predominantly British student body. This provides an ideal learning environment for our international students to establish the language and cultural skills needed to succeed in the highly competitive world of higher education.

At MPW we offer the most comprehensive suite of A level options that you will find in any academic institution in the UK. Subjects are offered over three different course durations with no restrictions on subject combination or course length.... [-]


International Baccalaureate (IB)

UWC United World Colleges
Campus September 2018 USA Montezuma Canada Victoria Costa Rica San José Swaziland Mbabane Japan Nagano China Jiangsu Hong Kong Singapore Thailand Phuket India Pune Armenia Dilijan Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Online Italy Trieste Germany Freiburg Netherlands Maastricht United Kingdom Barry Norway Flekke + 28 more

The IB Organisation (IBO) was founded in 1968. From the beginning, the IBO relied on UWC’s input and collaboration in light of UWC’s experience of providing progressive, intercultural education with an emphasis on experiential learning. The ties between both organisations remain closed today as the IBO celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018. [+]

UWC is a global education organisation that educates over nine thousand students from more than 155 countries each year. Almost four thousand of these students complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), the most recognised global pre-university programme for students aged 16-19.

While the IBDP curriculum is at the core of academic life at each UWC school and college, UWC education goes above and beyond the requirements set by the IB programme. With a deliberately diverse student and staff body at each UWC school and college - with members from many different national, socio-economic, cultural, linguistic, political and educational backgrounds - UWC recognises that the curriculum has to allow for as many interpretations and perceptions as there are students in the programme, so that the students feel able to represent their own history and perspective authentically. The formal IBDP curriculum is therefore complemented by sessions on global issues and other activities fostering critical thinking and courageous engagement with the challenges faced by today’s world.... [-]


One-year Foundation in Science (FiS) program

Melaka-Manipal Medical College
Campus Full time 1 year March 2018 Malaysia Melaka

The Centre of Foundation is home to the Foundation in Science programme – a thoughtfully crafted one-year pre-university course that prepares you for admission into our flagship MBBS and BDS degree programmes. [+]

The Centre of Foundation is home to the Foundation in Science programme – a thoughtfully crafted one-year pre-university course that prepares you for admission into our flagship MBBS and BDS degree programmes.

Welcome to the MMMC Foundation in Science!

We are the country’s pioneers in fashioning a pre-university program exclusively designed for those who wish to walk the noble path of medicine and dentistry. First of its kind, our one-year Foundation in Science (FiS) program offers a blend of subjects aimed to give you a comprehensive prelude to medical studies. We help you make a smooth transition into the first year of medical school by empowering you with essential knowledge and developing your study and learning skills. Upon meeting set entry requirements, you are guaranteed a place in your preferred degree at MMMC. Our team of highly qualified faculty is dedicated to smoothen your path to academic and professional excellence!... [-]


3iL Integrated Preparatory Class: Cycle In Two Years

3IL Groupe
Campus 2 years September 2018 France Limoges

The integrated preparatory 3iL is designed for those wishing to combine the advantages of a preparatory course while realizing immediate immersion in the field of IT (development, networks, systems). It differs from other preparatory programs by the discovery of the computer from the 1st half with the implementation of specific projects and an opening on the individual development of the future engineer. [+]

The integrated preparatory 3iL is designed for those wishing to combine the advantages of a preparatory course while realizing immediate immersion in the field of IT (development, networks, systems). It differs from other preparatory programs by the discovery of the computer from the 1st half with the implementation of specific projects and an opening on the individual development of the future engineer.

The prep 3iL is:

1 classical section (40 places) / 1 International section (30 places)

4 semesters 120 ECTS credits

Validating a License 2 in Engineering Sciences / Computer mention

3 main areas of education: Science, Computer Science and Humanities

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High School Preparation

Australian International College of English
Campus Part time 1 - 60 weeks January 2018 Australia Sydney China Shanghai + 2 more

This multi-skills course prepares students who will be commencing Years 7-11 in NSW high schools. And, whilst the focus is on English specific to Maths, Science, EnglishLiterature, Geography and History, there is a sports program to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle. Parents and guardians can be fully assured that their children will be safe in a secure and culturally sensitive environment where they can enjoy the company of other students who are heading in the same direction – a successful pathway to an Australian high school. [+]

This multi-skills course prepares students who will be commencing Years 7-11 in NSW high schools. And, whilst the focus is on English specific to Maths, Science, EnglishLiterature, Geography and History, there is a sports program to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle. Parents and guardians can be fully assured that their children will be safe in a secure and culturally sensitive environment where they can enjoy the company of other students who are heading in the same direction – a successful pathway to an Australian high school.

Why study this course?

To prepare students aged 12 to 18 years of all English levels for English into high schools in New South Wales. Course Duration: 1 to 60 weeks Levels: Beginner, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate and Upper-Intermediate Intake Dates: Any Monday Study per week: 25 hours of face-to-face study per week... [-]


University Preparation Program (LUCES Academy)

Mid Michigan Community College
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Harrison Mount Pleasant

Mid Michigan Community College (MMCC)’s LUCES Academy is an exciting and unique program designed to help international students transition into American college academic life by bridging the gap between traditional ESL programs and regular academic class. All LUCES Academy courses are taken for college credit, mix international and domestic students, and have the same learning outcomes as the regular sections of the same courses. [+]

Mid Michigan Community College : LUCES Academy

(LUCES = Learning and Understanding Content to Empower Success!)

Description

Mid Michigan Community College (MMCC)’s LUCES Academy is an exciting and unique program designed to help international students transition into American college academic life by bridging the gap between traditional ESL programs and regular academic class. All LUCES Academy courses are taken for college credit, mix international and domestic students, and have the same learning outcomes as the regular sections of the same courses. The difference is that the LUCES courses are taught by specially trained faculty who make the content more accessible to non-native English speakers. MMCC’s LUCES Academy is the perfect place for who do not want to come to America just to study in ESL courses but who also might not quite be ready for regular college course. If this is you, you’ll find MMCC’s LUCES Academy is the place for you to transition to American college academic life.... [-]


Preparatory Year

Higher School of Economics
Campus Full time 32 weeks October 2018 Russia Moscow

Russian language training for international students seeking to enter Russian-taught bachelor's and master's programs. [+]

For international students who want to study in Russian-taught bachelor’s or master’s programs but have limited or no prior knowledge of the language, Preparatory Year provides intensive training.

After covering the foundations of Russian, the program is divided into tracks devoted to humanities, economics, and technology and engineering. On successfully completing Preparatory Year, students can apply for full-tuition scholarships to HSE’s Russian-taught programs.

Duration: October 2017 - July 2018 (32 weeks)

Deadline: August 17, 2017

Fee: 135,000 rubles

Students who complete the program possess:

Sufficient Russian language proficiency to study in their chosen undergraduate or graduate program and the ability to communicate in professional and social situations ... [-]


Pre-Master's Course

INTO Manchester
Campus Full time 6 - 9 months September 2018 United Kingdom Manchester

The Pre-Master's prepares international students for direct entry to a master's degree, with progression to subjects related to Business and Management at NCUK universities. [+]

Preparing international students for direct entry on to a master's degree, with guaranteed conditional progression to one of NCUK's 16 universities.

The Pre-Master's will develop your English language skills, a wide range of study skills, and postgraduate research skills. It is not subject-specific, and has been designed for international students looking to study a business or management-related course.

Course options available

Pre-Master's (3 terms, September entry)- this offers an additional preparatory term of the Management Studies module and has a lower English language requirement Pre-Master's (2 terms, January entry) - this is the standard option, suitable for most students Where will this programme take me? ... [-]

RWTH INTERNational Guest Student Mechanical Engineering

RWTH International Academy / RWTH Aachen University
Campus Full time 9 months August 2018 Germany Aachen

The RWTH INTERNational Guest Student Programme is designed for students who wish to brush up on some of the subjects required for the M. Sc. programme and write their Bachelor Thesis in a double-tutor system at RWTH Aachen University and their home University. [+]

RWTH INTERNational Guest Student Programme Mechanical Engineering

Application Deadline is 1st March 2018 You are interested in coming to RWTH Aachen University as an exchange student to spend your last academic year in Germany? Students in their last Bachelor year with above average achievements from an engineering undergraduate degree programme (e.g. Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer and Information Engineering) and sufficient English language skills are allowed to apply for the exchange and qualification programme. The RWTH INTERN is designed for students who wish to brush up on some of the subjects required for the M. Sc. programme. A Master’s programme at RWTH Aachen requires a very advanced and specialized level of technical knowledge. To obtain this level, the RWTH INTERN offers bridging courses, German language courses, as well as close scientific guidance, involvement in practice and research, and intense social support. All of this still in your last year of Bachelor study. So you will write your Bachelor Thesis here in Germany and take part in the Bachelor courses you need to apply for a Master´s programme at RWTH Aachen University. You are interested in coming to RWTH Aachen University? Apply now to spend your last Bachelor year in Germany!... [-]