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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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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
 
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
 
Accademia di Belle Arti Aldo Galli - IED Network
Como, Italy

The Academic Foundation in Italian Creativity & Design is designed for international and national students that are interested to obtain a First Level Academic Diploma but ... +

The Academic Foundation in Italian Creativity & Design is designed for international and national students that are interested to obtain a First Level Academic Diploma but do not reach the minimum requirements, such as 12 years of schooling or previous knowledge about the creative and artistic sectors. The teaching methodology consists of practical, theoretical, and demonstrative lectures, visiting, and individual coaching/orientation meetings. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
9 months
English
Nov 2022
Campus
 

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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
Jan 2022
Online
 
Eötvös Loránd University
Budapest, Hungary

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 ... +

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. -
Preparatory Programs
Full-time
English
Sep 2022
30 Apr 2022
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
Jan 2022
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
The University of Law Undergraduate Programmes
London, United Kingdom

The International Foundation Programme for Law provides a pathway to undergraduate degree studies in law. Students will gain an active understanding of a range of historical a ... +

The International Foundation Programme for Law provides a pathway to undergraduate degree studies in law. Students will gain an active understanding of a range of historical and contemporary legal themes, such as civil and criminal law, the development of legal institutions and British, EU and international law. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
9 months
English
Jan 2022
Campus
 
Ca' Foscari University of Venice
Venice, Italy

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice's School for International Education offers a university preparatory year program for international students called the Foundation Year.

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice's School for International Education offers a university preparatory year program for international students called the Foundation Year. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
8 months
English
Oct 2022
Campus
 
Open University
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

This foundation degree is about acquiring skills and learning how to deploy them at work. Whether you want to gain confidence using and managing IT, grasp new opportunities or ... +

This foundation degree is about acquiring skills and learning how to deploy them at work. Whether you want to gain confidence using and managing IT, grasp new opportunities or develop software solutions, there’s a study route for you. The modern world depends on computers and IT systems to function. Gain the skills to work with them and you’ll open up a variety of careers and opportunities. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
Part-time
2 - 4 years
English
Apr 2022
10 Mar 2022
Online
 
Modul University Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Do you want to study Data Science, IT, or Programming? This carefully designed foundation program is a pre-requisite for the BSc in Applied Data Science at Modul University Vi ... +

Do you want to study Data Science, IT, or Programming? This carefully designed foundation program is a pre-requisite for the BSc in Applied Data Science at Modul University Vienna or other data science study programs across Europe. In addition, our program can be used by students who may not have experienced an introduction into data science or programming, despite feeling a connection to the subject. Topics covered in the semester program include Business Communication, Mathematics, Calculus, and Basics in Computer Programming. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
English
Feb 2022
27 Feb 2022
Campus
Online
 
Junia Graduate School of Engineering
Lille, France +1 More

Junia HEI and Junia ISEN offer students the opportunity to join their international preparatory cycle. The program is open to both French and international candidates followin ... +

Junia HEI and Junia ISEN offer students the opportunity to join their international preparatory cycle. The program is open to both French and international candidates following successful completion of their high school diploma. Classes are in English: sciences, soft skills, and project management, with more computer science and mechanics options introduced in the second year. The pathway gives the option of a third-year outside France at one of our partner universities, such as Coventry University, and the opportunity to obtain an undergraduate degree or diploma. Students return to France for their fourth year at Junia HEI or Junia ISEN to earn their Master’s in Engineering. Students also have the option of staying in France during their third year if they prefer. -
Preparatory Programs
Full-time
3 years
English
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
Aug 2022
Online
 
Syracuse Academy
Syracuse, Italy

International students who are interested in applying for an Arts, Fashion, Design or Architecture degree in Italy have the opportunity to build and improve their skills, crea ... +

International students who are interested in applying for an Arts, Fashion, Design or Architecture degree in Italy have the opportunity to build and improve their skills, create their personal portfolio and to learn the Italian language from beginner to advanced level. The ideal pathway to enrolment into Italian universities or fine arts and design schools. The program is fully recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education and also grants direct admission (with no entry test) to the degree programs at MADE Fine Arts and Design Academy. The Foundation Year is an internationally recognized program awarding Italian Ministry of Education academic credits and granting direct admission to the degree programs at MADE Fine Arts and Design Academy, and preparing for admission to any university and design school in Italy. -
Foundation Year Foundation Year
Full-time
6 - 9 months
English, Italian
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
University of London - LSE
Holborn, United Kingdom +1 More

Considering a different career path or advanced study in a new discipline? If you already hold an undergraduate degree, you may qualify for graduate entry to the Online Underg ... +

Considering a different career path or advanced study in a new discipline? If you already hold an undergraduate degree, you may qualify for graduate entry to the Online Undergraduate Programmes in Economics, Management, Finance and the Social Sciences from the University of London. All programmes are designed by leading academics from the internationally ranked London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) – ranked #2 globally for Social Sciences and Management (2021 QS World University Rankings) – meaning you’ll benefit from an academically rigorous, interdisciplinary approach to learning. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
30 - 72 months
English
Online
 
NCUK
Manchester, United Kingdom +68 More

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. -
Preparatory Programs
Full-time
6 - 24 months
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online