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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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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
 
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 English language and maths. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
6 - 9 months
English
Sep 2021
Online
 
The University of Law Business School Undergraduate
London, United Kingdom

The International Foundation Programme for Business is a one year course providing a pathway to undergraduate studies in Business. Students will gain an active understanding o ... +

The International Foundation Programme for Business is a one year course providing a pathway to undergraduate studies in Business. Students will gain an active understanding of a range of themes affecting the contemporary business world, such as international financial markets, management and marketing. Students will also undertake a research project, allowing them to consolidate and showcase their business knowledge, as well as the academic language, numeracy and research skills they will gain on the programme. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
6 - 9 months
English
Campus
 

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Academia Guiu
Barcelona, Spain

This intensive course for international students is the best preparation. In five months you will be able to reach the admission grade you need for the university you choose. ... +

This intensive course for international students is the best preparation. In five months you will be able to reach the admission grade you need for the university you choose. This intensive course for the Selectivity is suitable for students who have completed an international baccalaureate or have completed the baccalaureate outside of Spain and the Spanish educational system and want to study at Spanish universities with good results in the university entrance exam or Selectivity. -
Preparatory Programs
Full-time
5 months
Spanish
Jan 2022
Campus
Online
 
Pacific Training Group
Surfers Paradise, Australia

Pacific Training Group is proud to announce that they have partnered with Sunshine Coast International College (SCIC) to offer an online English Language pathway to their cour ... +

Pacific Training Group is proud to announce that they have partnered with Sunshine Coast International College (SCIC) to offer an online English Language pathway to their courses. SCIC is a leading CRICOS-registered English Language courses provider based in Sydney, Australia and they offer a range of English proficiency courses to prepare international students for further education opportunities. With this partnership, non-English speaking students will be able to work on their English language skills online from anywhere in the world before progressing to any of Pacific Training Group’s vocational online or blended courses. Some of their courses even count as course credits and could allow students to enrol in second year university! Students are now able to access the popular SCIC General English Study Course via an online portal. The course caters to people with ‘Pre-Intermediate’ and ‘Intermediate’ levels of English and each level is 10 weeks minimum. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
10 - 14 weeks
English
05 Jul 2021
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
06 Sep 2021
31 May 2021
Campus
 
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
Part-time
7 - 9 months
English, Italian
Oct 2021
30 Jun 2021
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
The University of Law Undergraduate Programmes
London, United Kingdom

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

The International Foundation Programme for Law is a course providing 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
6 - 9 months
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
Harbour.Space University
Barcelona, Spain

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
 
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
Nov 2021
16 Jun 2021
Campus
 
HSE Higher School of Economics
Moscow, Russia +1 More

Russian language training for international students seeking to enter Russian-taught bachelor's and master's programs.

Russian language training for international students seeking to enter Russian-taught bachelor's and master's programs. -
Preparatory Programs
Full-time
English, Russian
Sep 2021
15 Aug 2021
Campus
 
Middlesex University Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The International Foundation Programme is a 30-week programme designed for students who wish to study at Middlesex University Dubai but who may not meet the necessary entry re ... +

The International Foundation Programme is a 30-week programme designed for students who wish to study at Middlesex University Dubai but who may not meet the necessary entry requirements for direct entry onto one of our undergraduate programmes. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
30 weeks
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
Palacky University
Olomouc, Czech Republic

The English Foundation Programme is a study programme, designed to give students a foundation that they can build on when they are pursuing a more advanced degree (Bachelor, M ... +

The English Foundation Programme is a study programme, designed to give students a foundation that they can build on when they are pursuing a more advanced degree (Bachelor, Master). The goal of the Foundation Programme is to improve the English language skills of students who wish to study at Palacký University Olomouc, but do not yet have the necessary level of language competence and study skills to start a Bachelor/Master degree programme in academic English. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
9 months
English
Campus
 
The University of Law Business School Online
UK Online, United Kingdom

The Online International Foundation Programme for Business is a one year course providing a pathway to undergraduate studies in Business. Students will gain an active understa ... +

The Online International Foundation Programme for Business is a one year course providing a pathway to undergraduate studies in Business. Students will gain an active understanding of a range of themes affecting the contemporary business world, such as international financial markets, management and marketing. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
6 - 9 months
English
Online
 
Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance
Belfast, United Kingdom

This unique course is located in the vibrant heart of Belfast in Northern Ireland, which is the ‘go-to’ location for big-budget films and TV including: Game of Thrones at the ... +

This unique course is located in the vibrant heart of Belfast in Northern Ireland, which is the ‘go-to’ location for big-budget films and TV including: Game of Thrones at the Titanic Studios, Star Wars, Line of Duty and Kenneth Brannagh’s new Disney film and The Derry Girls. This intensive full-time course focuses on acting for TV, film and related career paths. The course is delivered over 20 weeks and delivers core classes in voice, movement, acting, improvisation, screen technique, professional preparation and text work as well as two practical film projects and audition technique. -
Foundation Year
Full-time
6 months
English
Campus
 

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