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Foundation Programme Abroad

Studying abroad at accredited universities requires international students to be fully prepared for their future career studies. But what if you aren’t quite prepared to join a Bachelor’s programme because you don’t meet the entry requirements or your English isn’t good enough? Don’t worry! That’s where preparation courses come in to help! Currently, more universities, especially in the United Kingdom, Canada, United States and Australia, are providing foundation programmes to help international students to close the gap and prepare for their future dream studies.

Through preparation courses, you can gain the necessary foundation knowledge to prepare for a university degree course in an international study destination, in order to create a common ground for the different educational systems worldwide.

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  1. How do I get accepted to a foundation programme abroad?

It’s clear international foundation programmes offer lots of benefits to foreign students looking for a chance to pursue a university higher education. But what do you need to be admitted to a preparation course abroad? What are the entry requirements for foundation programmes?

Below we give an overview of the general entry requirements that you should take into account before signing up for a pre-Bachelor or pre-Master in the UK, USA, Australia, or other places in Europe.

The admission criteria for international foundation programs are lower compared to Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees as their meant to prepare you for attending them. University preparation courses generally have two types of entry requirements for international students:

  • Language proficiency (in most cases English)
  • Academic requirements
  1. What are the language requirements for foundation programmes?

A study made by Study Portals shows that IELTS and TOEFL are the most commonly accepted language tests in English-speaking countries.

To be accepted, you must prove a level of knowledge which would enable you to continue studies in your chosen subjects whether it’s humanities, engineering, medical science, or others. In some cases, English language requirements are the only entry requirements for preparation programme application, as academic requirements are tackled throughout the entire programme. It is important for you to prepare in advance. Your language test score will make a big difference.

Usually, the desired level of English proficiency are:

  • IELTS – a minimum score of 4.5 – 5.0;
  • TOEFL – no less than iBT at least 60 or equivalent


Entry requirements for foundation programmes in Australia

Most institutions require applicants to have a qualification that is equivalent to the 12th year (completion of high school) in Australia. Other universities require successful completion of VCE (The Victorian Certificate of Education – high school certificate standard for Australia) or equivalent.

Entry requirements for foundation programmes in New Zealand

Universities apply admission standards according to NCEA – The National Certificate of Educational Achievement, which is the main national qualification for secondary school students in New Zealand.

For most foundation degrees, students must have completed Year 13 at a New Zealand secondary school (or its equivalent) in the calendar year that the application for preparation course entry is made.

In other cases, students should acquire NCEA Level 2, which consists of 60 credits at level 2 or above, or + 20 credits from any level. For other higher educational institutions, candidates must have completed literacy and numeracy requirements for general university entrance. Applicants should also pass an interview.

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