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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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Junia Graduate School of Engineering (HEI ISEN ISA)
Lille, France

Discover our 100% English-taught preparatory cycle. The program includes science, humanities, and project management, with students having the chance to specialize in computer ... +

Discover our 100% English-taught preparatory cycle. The program includes science, humanities, and project management, with students having the chance to specialize in computer science or mechanics in the 2nd year. -
Preparatory Programs
Full-time
3 years
English
Campus
 
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
Campus
 
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
Online
 

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Italian 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
 
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 ... +

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. -
Preparatory Programs
Full-time
3 - 24 months
English
Oct 2022
Campus
 
NCUK
Manchester, United Kingdom +68 More

If you have recently completed your local secondary education, the NCUK International Foundation Year, also known as IFY, will give you the necessary skills to bridge the gap ... +

If you have recently completed your local secondary education, the NCUK International Foundation Year, also known as IFY, will give you the necessary skills to bridge the gap between your current qualifications and starting a bachelor’s degree abroad in the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or the USA. As well as academic knowledge, the NCUK International Foundation Year will give you specialist English language, study and cultural skills that are an essential part of your degree course. You will fast-track your way to university and obtain a guaranteed place at NCUK University after successfully completing this qualification. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
Part-time
6 - 9 months
English
Campus