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First things first, what’s foundation year?

A foundation year program is a bridging pathway designed to prepare international students for universities. It’s a fast-track journey towards getting a degree, where students are put through a combination of academic modules and skills training.

Often, foundation students get to kick-start their study abroad experience in countries like Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the UK, providing a unique opportunity to learn and enjoy new experiences at the same time.

In fact, Singaporean students can already apply for foundation year with their O Level and prelim scores (yes, that’s right!), essentially bypassing the more conventional routes of junior colleges (A-Level), polytechnics (Diploma) and International Baccalaureate programs.

Better yet, foundation year programs can be as quick as eight months. If you do the math, you’ll be able to pursue your degree earlier and graduate at least one year ahead of your peers or up to three years depending on the course.

foundation pathway to university

Foundation year is made up of modules that will prepare you for specific degree courses within relevant disciplines.

Often, these modules are carefully mapped out to equip students with relevant knowledge, helping them advance to their desired undergraduate courses once they’ve cleared program requirements


At IDP, we partner with over 700 quality universities and institutions across destinations like Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the UK and the US. What’s more, our dedicated counsellors are on hand to help you narrow down the most ideal course.

Simply make a free appointment and find out all you need to know about foundation pathways! From nitty-gritty details to accommodation matters, our counsellors will guide you every step of the way.

Whichever academic stage that you are at right now, whether you’re still waiting for your O Level results, just completed your A Level studies or even halfway through Polytechnic, it’s never too late to apply to a foundation pathway program!

Some commonly asked questions by our students include:


Yes. However, we do not encourage you to stop junior high until your visa is granted.

For Australia

  • Academic transcripts (Year 9 and 10)
  • AEAS & interview may be required by some private schools

For the UK

  • Academic transcripts (Year 10)
  • Some schools may request for an essay or interview

For USA & Canada

  • Academic transcripts
  • Some schools may request an interview

The above is a rough guide to what you’d need. For further details, our friendly counsellors will guide you through the entire application process.

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