88 Preparatory Year Programs 2020

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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NMAT by GMAC
Sector 12, India + 3 More

The NMAT by GMAC™ exam is a computer adaptive test and a global assessment in South Africa, Nigeria, and the Philippines, created for the emerging markets to help them pursue ... Read more

The NMAT by GMAC™ exam is a computer adaptive test and a global assessment in South Africa, Nigeria, and the Philippines, created for the emerging markets to help them pursue their management dreams with confidence and convenience. The test is accepted and preferred by over 50 b schools in South Africa, Philippines, and Nigeria. Some of the most prestigious business schools like the University of Cape Town (UCT), GIBS, WITS, and UNISA in South Africa, Lagos Business School in Nigeria, Ateneo Graduate School of Business, DLSU and AIM in the Philippines are business schools which will need NMAT scores for admission into their graduate programs. Many b schools are also offering scholarships to all candidates who send their NMAT by GMAC scores. The last date for registration is December 15, 2019 Read less
Preparatory Programs
01 Jul 2020
Full-time
2 hours
15 Dec 2019
English
Campus
 
Berlin International College
Berlin, Germany

The BIC Preparation Program designed for international students who want to learn German and scientific practice to study a Master degree in Germany.

The BIC Preparation Program designed for international students who want to learn German and scientific practice to study a Master degree in Germany. Read less
Preparatory Programs
02 Jan 2020
Full-time
4 months
30 Nov 2016
German
Campus
 
Mid Michigan College
Mount Pleasant, USA + 1 More

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 ... Read more

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. Read less
Preparatory Programs
01 Sep 2020
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Totino-Grace High School
Fridley, USA

The Totino-Grace Engineering Institute will intellectually engage and challenge students with a rigorous curriculum that includes coursework focused on engineering, as well as ... Read more

The Totino-Grace Engineering Institute will intellectually engage and challenge students with a rigorous curriculum that includes coursework focused on engineering, as well as exposure to the field of engineering through program components occurring outside of the classroom. Read less
Preparatory Programs
26 Aug 2020
Full-time
3 years
English
Campus
 
Academia Guiu
Barcelona, Spain

Exam Preparation Course for University Access. (Selectividad UNED)

Exam Preparation Course for University Access. (Selectividad UNED) Read less
Preparatory Programs
01 Jul 2020
Full-time
Spanish
Campus
 
Hawaii Tokai International College
Kapolei, USA

Students who enter HTIC with limited English proficiency are enrolled in the College Preparatory Program. This five-level, integrated learning program emphasizes English as a ... Read more

Students who enter HTIC with limited English proficiency are enrolled in the College Preparatory Program. This five-level, integrated learning program emphasizes English as a Second Language (ESL) studies within the framework of liberal arts subject matter in a challenging, hands-on setting. Students who successfully complete the skills-based College Preparatory Program may apply to enter the Liberal Arts Program. Read less
Preparatory Programs
01 Sep 2020
Full-time
English
Campus
 
University of Southern California School of Pharmacy
Los Angeles, USA

The Advanced Clinical Excellence in Pharmacy Program (hereafter “ACEPP”), administered by the USC School of Pharmacy and the International Academy, offers select graduates fro ... Read more

The Advanced Clinical Excellence in Pharmacy Program (hereafter “ACEPP”), administered by the USC School of Pharmacy and the International Academy, offers select graduates from accredited overseas universities a comprehensive and practical pathway to a U.S. pharmacy license. Read less
Preparatory Programs
01 Sep 2020
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Summer at Smith College
Northampton, USA

This one-week College Admission Workshop is designed for rising high school juniors and seniors to give promising young women like you the best practices, guidance and top tip ... Read more

This one-week College Admission Workshop is designed for rising high school juniors and seniors to give promising young women like you the best practices, guidance and top tips for successfully navigating the college application process. Your instructors are Smith's professional admission staff, as well as visiting admission officers from other top-ranked colleges and universities. Read less
Preparatory Programs
19 Jul 2020
7 days
02 Jun 2020
English
Campus
 
Kühne Logistics University
Hamburg, Germany + 1 More

As the German Abitur (high school leaving certificate) is held to such a high standard, it is often quite difficult for international applicants to meet the equivalent. With i ... Read more

As the German Abitur (high school leaving certificate) is held to such a high standard, it is often quite difficult for international applicants to meet the equivalent. With international high school diplomas, direct entry is usually not an option. In order to bridge the gap, KLU offers students the opportunity to complete our Preparation Program at our partner institution in Berlin. Read less
Preparatory Programs
01 Aug 2020
Full-time
10 months
English
Campus
 
The College, Swansea University
Swansea, United Kingdom

If you do not meet the English Language requirement for direct entry to your chosen pathway, you can receive the required amount of English Language tuition to prepare you for ... Read more

If you do not meet the English Language requirement for direct entry to your chosen pathway, you can receive the required amount of English Language tuition to prepare you for successful entry into your chosen programme at a later date. The English Language training is conducted by Swansea University's English Language Training Services (ELTS). Read less
Preparatory Programs
01 Aug 2020
Full-time
Part-time
2 weeks
English
Campus
Online
 
NCUK
Manchester, United Kingdom

A qualification designed with our university partners to prepare you for first-year entry to undergraduate degree courses.

A qualification designed with our university partners to prepare you for first-year entry to undergraduate degree courses. Read less
Preparatory Programs
Full-time
6 months
English
Campus
 
CSVPA
Cambridge, United Kingdom

If you are an international student who has completed an Art & Design degree outside of the UK and are looking to come to the UK to study a Master’s in the same or related ... Read more

If you are an international student who has completed an Art & Design degree outside of the UK and are looking to come to the UK to study a Master’s in the same or related art and design discipline, the Pre-Master’s programme will prepare you for this transition. Read less
Preparatory Programs
01 Jan 2020
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Eötvös Loránd University
District V., Hungary + 2 More

This program is recommended for future students who want to build a firm basis for their further studies in the BSc program of Computer Science. Students who get admitted to C ... Read more

This program is recommended for future students who want to build a firm basis for their further studies in the BSc program of Computer Science. Students who get admitted to Computer Science BSc but cannot reach the minimum level in the entrance examination will also be redirected to our Preliminary Course. Read less
Preparatory Programs
01 Sep 2020
Full-time
30 Apr 2020
English
Campus
 
California State University Sonoma
Rohnert Park, USA

The Sonoma State American Language Institute (SSALI) offers students the opportunity to improve their English quickly in a supportive, family-like environment on the Sonoma St ... Read more

The Sonoma State American Language Institute (SSALI) offers students the opportunity to improve their English quickly in a supportive, family-like environment on the Sonoma State University campus located in beautiful northern California. Read less
Preparatory Programs
28 Aug 2020
Full-time
17 Jul 2019
English
Campus
 
The UK College of Business and Computing (UKCBC)
Dubai, United Arab Emirates + 1 More

Finance & accountancy professionals are a backbone of any industry. ACCA leads the way in the industry as they have a Gold standard in accountancy, opening doors to highly ... Read more

Finance & accountancy professionals are a backbone of any industry. ACCA leads the way in the industry as they have a Gold standard in accountancy, opening doors to highly respectable and rewarding careers. ACCA members work in all industries across the globe. Read less
Preparatory Programs
01 Feb 2020
Full-time
18 months
English
Campus