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5 Things You Didn't Know about Degree Foundation Pathways

Are foundation courses ideal? Here's what to expect. So, you’ve just received either your O levels or International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma results. What’s next?

It’s a dilemma faced by many, but one that can be solved by understanding what’s in store for you.

While A levels and poly diplomas are prominent tickets to a university degree, more students are reaping rewards from overseas foundation programmes.

Such courses are designed to prepare students for entry into universities and have proven to be an attractive alternative.

Below, we take a closer look at some of its benefits or read here to find out more.

1. Big Time Saver

One reason why more students are opting for overseas foundation studies, is due to the amount of time that can be saved.

Instead of going through the conventional two-year A level or three-year poly programmes, foundation students simply need to complete their courses – which usually takes less than a year – before enrolling into university.

This would also benefit students who are keen to enter the workforce earlier or chalk up work experience quicker than their peers.

2. Reducing Shock Culture

One aspect that any international student will need to cope with is the way of life in a foreign country.

They will require time to get used to a different culture and lifestyle, something that a foundation period can provide.

What’s more, students can grab the opportunity to adapt to university-style teaching which is prevalent within most foundation programmes.

3. Guaranteed Spot in University

Aside from certain select programmes like Medicine which might require additional selection criteria, your spot in the affiliated university is assured should you achieve the required grades in the foundation year.

Better yet, many reputable universities offer foundation programmes and are keen to connect with students via various channels like education fairs, such as the IDP Education Fairs.

4. Refresh and Gain Relevant Knowledge

Are you worried that your grasp of certain topics isn’t up to scratch or want to make a switch in your academic direction? Foundation courses are tailored to equip you with the right knowledge to prepare you for your desired course of study at University

It helps to fill in any gaps that you might have and craft a firm foundation for you to build upon, including aspects like academic writing and independent research.

Foundation pathways are also useful for students who are diving back into academia after serving two years of national service.

5. Increase English Proficiency

Most foundation programmes offer English language courses ahead of the programme to aid with day-to-day communication and future studies.

Seize the chance to be comfortable with the English language, which will come in useful if you plan to take IELTS – a high-stakes English test for purposes like university admission and migration.

We understand your needs as a student and we’re here to bridge the gap between you and your dreams.

Connect with our experienced IDP Education Counsellors today to find out more about foundation programs suitable for you. 

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With over 50 years of experience helping students to study overseas, you too can pursue your dreams with IDP at the upcoming Study Abroad Education Fair.

📅 25 and 26 February, 12 PM to 6 PM

📍 Suntec Convention Centre, Level 3, Summit 1

Our team of dedicated and experienced IDP Education Counsellors and Uni Reps will be there to guide you to kick-start your study abroad journey to your dream university. Register now and we’ll see you there!

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