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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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University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien

The current pre-college program is designed as a preparatory course lasting four semesters for international students intending to take the admission test for the UAS Tec ... [+]

The current pre-college program is designed as a preparatory course lasting four semesters for international students intending to take the admission test for the UAS Technikum Wien or embark on a course of study in Austria. The PCP ex is designed specially for students who have little or none skills in German language.

Prospective international students attend intensive courses in German English Mathematics Physics Computer science Electrical engineering Biology

After successfully completing the preparatory course, graduates will have attained the minimum requirement "German B2" according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, and passed any additional exams required to be able to apply for a course at UAS Technikum Wien. This means that, after completion of the Pre College Program, it is possible to immediately begin participating in the standard application process for a Bachelor's or Master's program. Completing the PCP does not guarantee admittance to the study programs of UAS Technikum Wien. In addition to the intensive level of language and specialist education, great store is also set by the students doing leisure activities together and familiarizing themselves with Vienna as a potential place of study. By the same token, support is given during the "acclimatization phase" phase in Vienna and when completing all of the necessary formalities.... [-]

Austria Vienna
October 2019
Full-time
Part-time
Campus
Mid Michigan College

Mid Michigan Community College (MMCC)’s LUCES Academy is an exciting and unique program designed to help international students transition into American college academic ... [+]

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.... [-]

USA Harrison Mount Pleasant
September 2019
Full-time
Campus
Academia Guiu

Exam Preparation Course for University Access. (Selectividad UNED) ... [+]

Who is it for?

This is a course addressed to students who have completed upper secondary school education abroad and want to gain access to public or private universities in Spain, regardless of their nationality. Students will be prepared to obtain the best possible results in the university entrance exam.

How?

Knowledge and skills previously acquired during high school education will be taken as a starting point, taking into account that there might be different depending on the country. Students will work on theoretical and practical aspects in class, especially focusing on exam practice in order to successfully complete their examinations. Our teachers are qualified experts in the different subjects we offer. Moreover, Academia Guiu has over 120 years of experience in education and it is a guarantee of success.... [-]

Spain Barcelona
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
Hawaii Tokai International College

Students who enter HTIC with limited English proficiency are enrolled in the College Preparatory Program. This five-level, integrated learning program emphasizes English ... [+]

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.

The College Preparatory Program

The College Preparatory Program is an academic English language curriculum designed for non-native English speaking students who lack the necessary skills to immediately pursue an Associate in Arts degree at HTIC. Courses within this curriculum introduce students to academic English and assist them to develop the skills necessary to succeed in an American institution of higher education.... [-]

USA Kapolei
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
California State University Sonoma

The Sonoma State American Language Institute (SSALI) offers students the opportunity to improve their English quickly in a supportive, family-like environment on the Sono ... [+]

The Sonoma State American Language Institute (SSALI) offers students the opportunity to improve their English quickly in a supportive, family-like environment on the Sonoma State University campus located in beautiful northern California.

Why Choose SSALI? Strong academic program and university skills preparation Discounts for qualified students! University Pathway options Conditional Admission Enrollment in university classes for qualified students TOEFL waiver for study at Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College Professional, well-educated faculty Class sizes of 8-15 students Diverse student population Service learning and volunteering opportunities Organized social activities with Sonoma State University students Safe, friendly environment ... [-]
USA Rohnert Park
March 2019
Full-time
1 - 3 semesters
Campus
Native Language College

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 furt ... [+]

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)... [-]

Spain Madrid
Open Enrollment
Full-time
1 - 52 weeks
Campus
Melaka-Manipal Medical College

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 f ... [+]

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!... [-]

Malaysia Malacca
March 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
NCUK

A qualification designed with our university partners to prepare you for first-year entry to undergraduate degree courses. ... [+]

What is the NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY)?

A qualification designed with our university partners to prepare you for first-year entry to undergraduate degree courses. Studying in small classes with NCUK in your home country before you start your degree will give you the confidence you need before you start your degree course.

Quality is at the heart of everything that we do so our qualifications meet the highest academic standards set by our university partners. 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. This unique combination will help you to get into the University of your choice and get on with your future career.... [-]

United Kingdom Manchester
August 2019
Full-time
6 - 24 months
Campus
Carfax College Oxford

Carfax provides a wide range of courses for pupils applying to British and American universities, as well as those seeking entry to world-leading universities elsewhere. ... [+]

Carfax provides a wide range of courses for pupils applying to British and American universities, as well as those seeking entry to world-leading universities elsewhere.

Some pupils spend one-to-two years at the college, preparing for a set of A-Levels or other qualifications, as well as course-specific standardized tests (or, in the case of applicants to American universities, Advanced Placement (AP) and SAT), while others join for the weekend, evening, or holiday courses.

Carfax also offers a 'Foundation Programme', including (where required) English Language teaching, to prepare international pupils for entry to leading universities.

Courses are developed to cater to the specific needs of each pupil, depending on the universities he or she is seeking to enter.... [-]

United Kingdom Oxford
September 2019
Full-time
Campus
Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts

If you are an international student with an Art & Design Degree completed outside the UK and are looking to study a Master's in the same or different art and design d ... [+]

Art & Design Pathway

If you are an international student with an Art & Design Degree completed outside the UK and are looking to study a Master's in the same or different art and design discipline at a UK university, our Pre-Master's programme will prepare you for the high level of independence and specific learning skills demanded by a Master's.

Creative Industries Pathway

For students who have completed a degree in a non-Art & Design degree but want to complete a Master’s course in a fashion-related, non-studio based subject, we also offer a route to further study. The Pre-Master’s experience provides an opportunity to develop skills and align your future career aspirations to the demands of a Master’s Degree in the UK. The types of MA courses our students can progress onto are non-practical, non-studio based courses that are more akin to management, marketing, promotion and curating.... [-]

United Kingdom Cambridge
August 2019
1 semester
Campus
Southern Arkansas University

SAU-ESL is a program at Southern Arkansas University that prepares students with a low level of English for full participation in the university degree programs. ... [+]

SAU-ESL is a program at Southern Arkansas University that prepares students with a low level of English for full participation in the university degree programs.

Why SAU-ESL? Very affordable Easy transition to undergraduate and graduate programs without TOEFL or IELTS Conditional admission to undergraduate and graduate programs Located on the beautiful campus of Southern Arkansas University (SAU) All ESL students are full-time SAU students with full access to all university facilities and services (gym, swimming pool, cafeteria, health services, library, student clubs) 18 hours of instruction per week across 5 different levels Students of all levels and ages are welcome to apply Professional and friendly instructors with a command of one or more foreign languages Curriculum Academic Calendar Spring 2018 (in progress) January 5, 2018 - placement test and ESL student orientation January 8-9, 2018 - class registration January 10, 2018 - classes begin March 2, 2018 - midterm tests & grades March 19, 2018 – March 25, 2018 - Spring break May 3, 2018 - end-of-semester progress test, exit test May 4, 2018 - semester ends Summer 2018 (application deadline is May 13, 2018) May 29, 2018 - placement test, ESL student orientation, class registration May 30, 2018 - classes begin June 27, 2018 - end-of-level progress test, exit test June 28, 2018 - summer session ends Fall 2018 (application deadline is August 12, 2018) August 20, 2018 - placement test and ESL student orientation August 20-21, 2018 - class registration August 22, 2018 - classes begin October 12,... [-]
USA Magnolia
September 2019
Full-time
Campus
ETC International College

We provide a Cambridge IELTS exam preparation and course to help students reach their full potential and apply for the University course of their choice. Almost all unive ... [+]

We provide a Cambridge IELTS exam preparation and course to help students reach their full potential and apply for the University course of their choice. Almost all universities in English speaking countries require international students to have IELTS, we provide a stress-free, learning environment to help students pass the course and exam.

IELTS stands for International English Testing System. When undertaking this course, there are two modules which both test the students' reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.

Course Description

Do you want to go to University in the UK?

The Cambridge IELTS exam preparation course is internationally recognised and accepted worldwide by employers and educational institutes. Almost all universities in the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand accept IELTS. Take the course to show your level of English.... [-]

United Kingdom Bournemouth
August 2019
Full-time
Part-time
Campus
Eötvös Loránd University

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 ... [+]

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.

Strength of program

The curriculum of the Preliminary Course is assembled on topics relevant to the BSc program. It includes courses in Mathematics, Informatics, and English language.

Structure

Preparatory Program

Introduction to mathematics I Introduction to informatics I Basic English I Introduction to mathematics II Introduction to informatics II Basic English II Career opportunities ... [-]
Hungary District V.
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
Institut Europeen De Francais

Official diplomas of the Ministry of Education recognized all over the world, the DELF and the DALF are recommended if you wish to certify your level in French. ... [+]

Conditions: Valid for courses until 31.12.2018Click on the image to get an instant online quote and book now!

Official diplomas of the Ministry of Education recognized all over the world, the DELF and the DALF are recommended if you wish to certify your level in French.

Number of lessons

28 lessons of 45 minutes per week (21hours): 20 lessons of General French + 2 open workshops of 45 minutes + 6 lessons of exam preparation.

Description

Communicative method and task-based approach on the CECRL (Common European Reference frame for the Languages).

Morning Lessons: training in general French for all the levels of the CECRL: A1, A2, B1, B2 ( DELF) and C1, C2 ( DALF) Development of the skills: oral/written understanding, oral/written expression. Open Workshops: intended for all the trainees: French pronunciation and phonetics, idiomatic expressions, regular French, games, and recreational activities Afternoon Lessons: specific preparation for the examinations. These courses allow you to prepare effectively for sitting and achieving success in the DELF (A1, A2, B1, B2) and the DALF (C1, C2) through: Reminders on the orientations and the contents of the various examinations; Activities of training which will allow each person to confront the difficulties and the types of tests; The acquisition of essential elements for success in the examinations (grammar, phonetics, oral and written communication; Examination simulation (techniques and advice to prepare for the various oral and written tests. Levels ... [-]
France Montpellier
September 2019
Full-time
Campus
Cranfield University

This specialist course can be used as a stepping-stone to an exciting career in engineering and will prepare you if you do not meet the pre-requisite entry requirements f ... [+]

About

This specialist course can be used as a stepping-stone to an exciting career in engineering and will prepare you if you do not meet the pre-requisite entry requirements for many of our MSc courses. It is an intensive, full-time course delivered through a mixture of lectures, practical laboratory sessions and design exercises, over 10 months.

Who is it for? Those who wish to take their career in a new direction and advance their skills in engineering Professionals who have been out of education for some time and wish to get back into the study routine before commencing an MSc programme Graduates with an undergraduate degree in engineering, physics or mathematics that do not meet our standard entry requirements Holders of a UK Ordinary/Pass degree (or equivalent for overseas students) who have industrial experience and cannot be admitted directly Overseas students wishing to enhance their technical English language skills before entering a Cranfield MSc course. Why this course? ... [-]
United Kingdom Cranfield
October 2019
Full-time
10 months
Campus