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Preparatory/Foundation Year Programs

A preparatory or foundation year is a one-year introduction to a full degree curriculum and prepares students for their entry into university. These programs train students in a wide variety of subjects such as Arts, Humanities, Business, Biological and Life Sciences, Engineering, Technology, Natural Sciences and even more. The variety of different preparatory and foundation years can be overwhelming - don't let it stop you! Start your search by looking at the most popular prep years listed below.

Newly added Preparatory Year programs

Regent's International College

International Foundation Programme (IFP)

April 12, 2017
RIC also offers the International Foundation Programme (IFP) as a preparation study year for those students not yet qualifying for admission on to the Bachelor’s degree programmes.

ISC Paris Business School

Business Foundation Programme

April 14, 2017
The Business Foundation Programme (BFP), taught in English or French, offers you a structured route to a higher education, whereby you will acquire the fundamentals of management, language and cultural skills to pursue to a business degree. To do so, you will also receive guidance and direction to achieve both your professional and personal aspirations. Our… [+] tailor-made innovative courses and web-based materials provide students from all cultural backgrounds not only with the opportunity of studying at one of the best business schools in the world but also to acquire the required skills for successful admission to a degree programme at undergraduate or master’s level in France. [-]

Poltava University Of Economics And Trade

Foundation Course

March 29, 2017
Foundation Course is designed for international students who want to acquire communication skills necessary for effective integration into Ukrainian educational environment and gain knowledge of basic disciplines (physics, mathematics, biology, che­mistry, geography, informatics, fundamentals of economics) necessary for successful enrollment and study … [+]in Ukraine. [-]

What is a Preparatory/Foundation 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.