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Preparatory programs are designed to help students gain eligibility for post-secondary education and future employment. Preparatory programs let you gain the equivalent of a high school diploma, improve your language skills for studying abroad and help you gain access to postgraduate education unrelated to your undergraduate degree. Browse and compare preparatory programs abroad below.

The University of Pavia Foundation Year Program offers a unique ten-month, full immersion preparatory course in Italian.

The intended audience of this program are students finishing high school this year looking for a foundation year program in a quiet and safe city just 30 minutes from Milan!

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International Foundation Program in Engineering
University Carlos III of Madrid
Foundation program
Madrid, Spain
You will study introductory subjects that will facilitate your adaptation to the Spanish university system and will help you define...
International Foundation Program in Social Sciences and Humanities
University Carlos III of Madrid
Foundation program
Madrid, Spain
You will study introductory subjects that will facilitate your adaptation to the Spanish university system and will help you define...
Foundation Programme
PFH Private University of Applied Sciences
Foundation program
Multiple (3)
If you want to study successfully in Germany, then thorough preparation is key! The foundation program of PFH Private University...
Health Science Foundation Year
European University Madrid
Foundation program
Madrid, Spain
The Health Science Foundation Year is a program designed by the Universidad Europea de Madrid through which health can discover...
International Foundation Programme
University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria
Foundation program
Wels, Austria
You want to apply for a study program in Engineering or Business at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria...
Foundation Course 2018/2019
University of Pisa
Foundation program
Pisa, Italy
The FC prepares students interested in studying a degree program in Agriculture, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Maths, Medicine, Natural Sciences,...
Foundation Program
Monash South Africa
Foundation program
Johannesburg, South Africa
If you don't meet the entry requirements for direct entry to the bachelor degree you'd like to study, the Monash South Africa...
International Students - Bond College Foundation Program
Bond University
Foundation program
Gold Coast, Australia
The Bond College Foundation Program has been specifically designed for international students and accelerates a student's way to a university degree. The Bond College...
Foundation in Business
AGSB - American Graduate School of Business
Foundation program
La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland
The business foundation program is designed for students who lack proficient knowledge in English. Students will be asked to participate...
German Preparation Programme
University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria
Foundation program
Wels, Austria
This two semester-long program has been designed for applicants, who do not have the necessary German language skills yet to apply...
Foundation Year Program 2018
University of Pavia
Foundation program
Pavia, Italy
The University of Pavia Foundation Year Program offers a unique ten-month, full immersion preparatory course in Italian. The intended audience...
Foundation Program
JCU Singapore
Foundation program
City of Singapore, Singapore
The Foundation Program from JCU Singapore is designed to provide an entry point to university studies for students who do...
International Foundation Year Program
University of Sheffield
Foundation program
Sheffield, England
The international foundation year is an intensive term program lasting 2-3 terms. The program consists of academic subjects, study skills,...
International Foundation Year Program
University of Sussex
Foundation program
Brighton, England
The international foundation year is a two-semester course designed to thoroughly prepare you for an undergraduate degree at the University...
International Foundation Year (Science and Engineering)
Teesside University
Foundation program
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
This International Foundation Year program from Teesside University is ideal for those needing a preparatory year of university study before...
Hospitality Foundations
Suzhou Centennial College
Foundation program
Suzhou, China
This exciting two-semester program offers international students a solid foundation in hospitality - and a pathway to enter the School...
Animal Management Foundation Degree
Askham Bryan College
Foundation program
York, England
The Animal Management foundation degree programme is taught by Askham Bryan College's Department of Animal Management. This course provides a...
Equine Management Foundation Degree
Askham Bryan College
Foundation program
York, England
The Equine Management foundation degree programme is taught by Askham Bryan College's Equine department. The course is designed for people...
Horticulture Foundation Degree
Askham Bryan College
Foundation program
York, England
The Horticulture foundation degree programme is taught by Askham Bryan College's Department of Horticulture. This foundation degree course is designed...
Veterinary Nursing Foundation Degree
Askham Bryan College
Foundation program
York, England
The Veterinary Nursing foundation degree programme is taught by Askham Bryan College's Department of Animal Management. This course is designed...
Countryside Management Foundation Degree
Askham Bryan College
Foundation program
York, England
The Countryside Management foundation degree programme is taught by Askham Bryan College's Countryside and Environment Department. This course focuses on a...
Arboriculture Foundation Degree
Askham Bryan College
Foundation program
York, England
The Arboriculture Foundation degree course provides vocational based study for management roles in the arboriculture industry. There is work experience...
International Foundation Year (Business and Computing)
Teesside University
Foundation program
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
This foundation year program from Teesside University will suit those with a keen interest in either business or social science...
Foundation Diploma (Art, Design and Media)
The Interactive Design Institute
Foundation program
Online / distance learning
Start a career in Art and Design or improve your artistic skills with unlimited one-to-one tuition from expert tutors. The...
Countryside Management Extended Foundation Degree
Askham Bryan College
Foundation program
York, England
The Countryside Management extended foundation degree programme is taught by Askham Bryan College's Countryside and Environment Department. This first year of...
Agriculture with Land Management Extended Foundation
Askham Bryan College
Foundation program
York, England
The Agriculture with Land Management Extended Foundation Degree programme is taught by Askham Bryan College's Department of Agriculture. This Extended...
Landscape and Garden Management Foundation Degree
Askham Bryan College
Foundation program
York, England
The Landscape and Garden Management foundation degree programme is taught by Askham Bryan College's Department of Horticulture. This Landscape and Garden...
Part-time Foundation degree in Education
The Skills Company
Foundation program
Manchester, England
This 2-year foundation degree is designed for people from a wide variety of educational settings from secondary to FE, third...
Equine and Event Management Foundation Degree
Askham Bryan College
Foundation program
York, England
This unique Equine and Event Management foundation degree will give you the practical capabilities and appreciation of leisure and event...
Agriculture with Land Management Foundation Degree
Askham Bryan College
Foundation program
York, England
The Agriculture with Land Management foundation degree programme is taught by Askham Bryan College's Department of Agriculture. The aim of the...
Sports Surface Management Foundation Degree
Askham Bryan College
Foundation program
York, England
Sports Surface Management is designed for students that wish to increase their technical and scientific understanding of the turf grass...
Animal Management Extended Foundation Degree
Askham Bryan College
Foundation program
York, England
This Animal Management extended Foundation Degree includes an introductory year (Level 3) and is for students without A levels, those...
International Foundation Year (Social Sciences and Law)
Teesside University
Foundation program
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
This foundation year program by Teesside University is perfect for those with a keen interest in social science or law...
Equine Sports Management Foundation Degree
Askham Bryan College
Foundation program
York, England
Equine Sports Management is a specialised sector with equine team tutors and lecturers who have a great deal of experience...
Art Foundation Year Games and Animation
Teesside University
Foundation program
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
This course by Teesside University prepares participants for the first year of a creative games or animation degree. Students will...
Preparatory course for fashion and design academies
Scuola Leonardo Da Vinci
Foundation program
Multiple (2)
The Preparatory course for fashion and design academies course is intended for students who wish to attend Italian Fashion and...
Part-time Foundation degree in Business Management
The Skills Company
Foundation program
Manchester, England
The foundation degree in business management is a 2-year program that focuses on the development of employability skills. The course will...
Foundation degree for Teaching Assistants (Primary Education)
The Skills Company
Foundation program
Manchester, England
This 3-year program has been developed in partnership with the University of Bolton. This course offers professional development for Teaching...
Pre-Master’s Program
Domus Academy
Foundation program
Milan, Italy
The Domus Academy Pre-Master’s Program is a four-month intensive postgraduate course that will prepare you to enter a Master’s program...
Pre-University Program for International Students
Tambov State Technical University
Foundation program
Tambov, Russia
The Program consists of two terms. At the beginning the students receive intensive training in the Russian language, the second...
Swiss Higher Diploma in Culinary Studies & Foundation Degree in Culinary Arts
Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland
Foundation program
Lucerne, Switzerland
The Swiss Higher Diploma in Culinary Studies and Foundation Degree in Culinary Arts at the Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland is...
Italian Preparatory Course for Fashion Shows
Scuola Leonardo Da Vinci
Foundation program
Milan, Italy
Are you a fan of “ Made in Italy ” and a fashion addict? Whether you are an amateur or...
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Preparatory studies let you fulfill your ambitions, even if you were perhaps unsure of what they were when you were 15 years old. Most programs offer the choice to gain qualifications within any of the basic subjects included in a high school education. Such subjects include Englishscience, mathematics and introductory computer applications to name a few. After the necessary courses are completed, you will be eligible to apply for further education or employment.

Specialized Programs

Some schools offer more specialized programs, preparing for further study, for example in music. Another common reason to undertake a preparatory program is if you are looking to study abroad, but do not have the relevant language skills for acceptance. A preparatory course can help you improve your comprehension and communication abilities in order to pass the language tests commonly required for acceptance into foreign education programs. Another possibility offered by preparatory programs is to become eligible for postgraduate courses unrelated to your first degree. Certain Master's courses such as MBA programs or medical schools set requirements of previous knowledge for acceptance. Such knowledge can, at some schools, be acquired at a quicker rate through a preparatory program.

Studying Preparatory Programs

Options for preparatory programs are offered at most universities. If you know what course or job you want to become equipped for, you can generally find a course to fit your description. If your language skills are already up to speed, completing your qualifications abroad should not be a problem. Most preparatory programs are open to anyone, whether they hold a high school diploma or not. It is often encouraged to take responsibility for researching what qualifications are required to continue on the path that you are aiming for. Courses are available on a full or part-time basis. That way they can be combined with parallel employment or family responsibilities.