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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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.... [-]


DELE Preparation Course

Malaca Instituto
Campus September 2018 Spain Málaga

We offer special DELE Preparations Courses for the A2, B1 and B2 DELE exams in groups with a maximum of 10 students. These courses are 4-week courses (2 weeks for A2) prior to the official examinations. The DELE Exam dates are 19 May and 10 November 2018. We also offer various combinations of the Intensive Course with the DELE Preparation Course to create longer-stay alternatives. [+]

Malaca Instituto

Malaca Instituto is an official Examination Centre for the DELE (Diplomas de Español Como Lengua Extranjera) Exams 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!... [-]


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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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.... [-]


Russian language course

Novosibirsk State University
Campus Full time 2 - 12 weeks September 2018 Russia Novosibirsk

We have 2 basic formats for our programs: Academic year Program, Summer Program. [+]

We have 2 basic formats for our programs:

Academic year Program Summer Program

Each program features:

1) The opportunity to take individual classes and classes in a mini-group (2-6 students). Group classes (7-12 students) are available if you come in a group.

2) 5 levels of instruction: from beginner to advanced. Placement levels are determined by testing upon arrival.

3) At all levels students are offered courses in pronunciation, speaking, writing, reading, grammar and cultural studies.

4) At intermediate - advanced levels, programs can be complemented by additional mini-courses, such as:

Reading Russian fiction. Reading newspapers and magazines. Viewing the best Russian films. Introduction to Russian history and culture (including the history and culture of Siberia). Business Russian. Russian for science, engineering and art. Besides practical lessons, lectures on Russian/Siberian history, economy, ecology and literature can also be arranged. ... [-]

High School Preparation Course

Cairns Language Centre
Campus Full time 10 - 30 weeks Open Enrollment Australia Cairns

We are helping children to have a successful transition into High School life. Our High School Preparation (HSP) course is a specialised programme focusing on language development and essential study skills needed for entry into an Australian government or private high school. [+]

We are helping children to have a successful transition into High School life. Our High School Preparation (HSP) course is a specialised programme focusing on language development and essential study skills needed for entry into an Australian government or private high school. Students receive subject-specific content that will enable them to not only comprehend but succeed in key learning areas.

Our High School Preparation is designed to:

facilitate English conversation proficiency to the appropriate level for a high school student in Australia develop English vocabulary specifically relevant to high school subjects equip students with the study skills to achieve academic success when they continue on to high school. ... [-]

One-Year Intensive Chinese language Preparatory Program

Zhejiang International Studies University
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 China Hangzhou

The program is taught in Chinese, it includes nearly 20 Chinese classes per week. It aims to develop students’ understanding of the Chinese culture, equips students with all aspects of Chinese language [+]

The program is taught in Chinese, it includes nearly 20 Chinese classes per week. It aims to develop students’ understanding of the Chinese culture, equips students with all aspects of Chinese language, including listening, speaking, reading and writing, especially for improving students’ Chinese level from the beginners to HSK4. After one year intensive training, students will grasp at least 1200 basics Chinese words and test taking skills, will get the chance to apply Chinese university bachelor degree majors.

Courses Comprehensive Chinese (1) Listening and Speaking (1) Reading and Writing (1) One to One Language Drill(optional) HSK(optional) Chinese Culture(optional) One DBC course(optional) Comprehensive Chinese(2) Listening and Speaking(2) Reading and Writing (2) One to One Language Drill(optional) HSK(optional) Chinese Culture(optional) One DBC course(optional) [-]

Czech Language and Culture Course

University of Hradec Králové, Philosophical Faculty
Campus Full time 4 - 5 weeks August 2018 Czech Republic Hradec Králové

The Philosophical Faculty of the University of Hradec Králové offers summer Czech language and culture course constructed specifically to prepare students for a study at the Czech Republic. [+]

Preparatory Year 2018. Would you like to study at the Czech Republic? Czech language and culture course: The courses comprise of total 87 school hours of Czech language with our professional teachers. There are academic lectures about various topics concerning the Czech Republic and it's history every other afternoon. You can even choose English language lessons which are also scheduled for afternoons. A rich social program (movie night, quiz shows, sports events, board-game night and more) during the early evenings is optional, as well as trips to other cities and interesting places in the country. What are you signing up for? Language: English/Czech Study mode: Full-time one month Next start: August 2018 Location: Hradec Králové, Czech Republic Price: The basic price (without additional parts of the course, English lessons and trips) is 200 EUR or 400 EUR depending on your study status. Students accepted for a study stay at UHK will pay the lower charge. For more information contact: Matyáš Strnad Department of Science and International Relationships matyas.strnad@uhk.cz What is the course about? The course is constructed for students who wish to study in the Czech Republic with the emphasis on studying at the University of Hradec Králové. During more than four weeks you will learn the basic communication in Czech language, academic communication, cultural specifics of the nation, various teaching methods in programs taught at the Philosophical Faculty, actively participate on integration and globalization and we are certain that you will meet a lot of new life-long friends. Admission... [-]

Course In Preparatory Semester

AMD Akademie Mode & Design
Campus Full time 5 months October 2018 Germany Hamburg Düsseldorf Munich Berlin + 3 more

The preparatory semester aims to provide orientation for the following courses: Fashion Design (BA), Brand and Communication Design (BA), Space Concept & Design (BA), Fashion and Design Management (BA), Design and Innovation Management (BA) and Fashion Journalism / Media Communication the AMD or similar offers at colleges and academies. [+]

AIM

The preparatory semester aims to provide orientation for the following courses: Fashion Design (BA), Brand and Communication Design (BA), Space Concept & Design (BA), Fashion and Design Management (BA), Design and Innovation Management (BA) and Fashion Journalism / Media Communication the AMD or similar offers at colleges and academies.

The following fields of competence are taught - social competence, methodological competence, professional competence and language competence. The occupation with the cultural and creative industries as well as the job profiles enables an estimation of the requirements and tasks of the fashion industry and consumer goods industry, the intensive development of basic knowledge and abilities prepares purposefully for the study. In addition, the preparatory semester offers everyone the opportunity to get an insight into the training philosophy and the organizational structure of the AMD at the respective location.... [-]


International Year One

NCUK
Campus Full time 6 - 9 months August 2018 United Kingdom Manchester

The International Year One (IYOne) is a credit bearing qualification that enables you to enter the second year of an undergraduate degree at an NCUK university. [+]

The International Year One (IYOne) is a credit bearing qualification that enables you to enter the second year of an undergraduate degree at an NCUK university. The International Year One is currently available in 7 countries worldwide, including the UK.

We offer business, accounting & finance, economics, events management and engineering options that lead to hundreds of second year degrees at a range of leading universities.

WHY SHOULD I STUDY THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR ONE?

The International Year One is ideal for students who are looking to:

Study locally for an extra year and gain university credits to transfer to a full degree; Experience an international learning environment and build up a global network of contacts; Benefit from smaller class sizes and personalised support before entering university. How long does it take? Accelerated Programme: Six months Standard Programme: Nine Months What do I study on the International Year One? ... [-]