Language courses abroad for applicants abroad

Do you dream of studying in the USA or Canada? Have you been staring at a prestigious European university for a long time, but are not confident in your abilities? Education abroad is closer than you think. A preparatory year abroad will help you fill in the gaps, improve your language, and thoroughly prepare for admission and study at a foreign university. Preparatory courses at universities and language schools solve many problems at once:


Admission Requirements

First, in many countries such as the UK and Germany, Russian certificate of secondary education is not enough for admission to the 1st course. In order to simply be able to apply to an English university, a Russian student will have to spend a year at a higher education institution in their home country; in order to enter Germany - 2 years. However, the formal minimum for admission does not guarantee success. Much more chances to get on the desired program gives special training at the international level - in the conditions of the country in which you want to continue to study. Yes, British A-levels, a special one-year or two-year advanced school course program, is a requirement of most prestigious English universities for both foreign students and the British themselves. Deutsch Studienkolleg on the other hand, it is a program for the preparation of foreign students, which reduces the time for admission and gives an advantage over applicants who do not have experience of studying in Germany.


Language and academic preparation

Another reason to choose introductory courses abroad is of course language and academic training. Sometimes everything is enough - merit, experience, academic achievement and zeal - with the exception of one detail: the results of IELTS or TOEFL do not reach the required score. The experience of living and studying in another country accelerates language progress like nothing else. Spoken language easily comes from everyday communication: with friends, teachers and just people around. Along with cultural adaptation, a language habit arises: a year passes and you find yourself thinking in a foreign language. An even more important point: through classes, academic vocabulary so much needed for further successful studies in high school. Finally, adjusting to an overseas university system can be quite challenging and is also an important part of preparing for your education.


Automatic enrollment

Finally, many preparatory courses involve the possibility of automatic enrollment for 1 course, in case of successful completion of training (and passing tests). For example, courses at universities (especially "subject courses" that assume a specialization already chosen) often include the opportunity to transfer to 1 course and start studying at the same university in the next year. On the other hand, international training schools often have a wide network of partners among the highest ranking universities in the US, Canada and Europe. Some courses *guarantee* their successful students a place at one of their partner institutions; in others, such guarantees are not required - the admission rating of their students is already 100%.

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Types of preparatory courses by country:



United Kingdom: Foundation Year / A-level courses

Name foundation uear (foundation = "foundation") speaks for itself: this type of course is designed to give students all the necessary basic preparation for entering and studying in English universities. The main focus is on improving the language level and developing learning skills. The age of the students of the program is usually from 16 to 19 years old, IELTS language level 4.5–5.0 (TOEFL 32-35). Also, to enter the program, you must complete 11 classes of school with good grades. The subjects of the program usually include English, mathematics, general subjects and electives (may include the humanities, arts, business and economics, and others). Some universities offer in-depth specialized training in certain disciplines: for example, the Psychology Foundation, the Art Foundation, or the Business Foundation.

A-level courses it is a preparation for advanced subject examinations necessary for admission to elite British universities. Students prepare for A-levels - the national final exams that complete the last stage of secondary education in the UK - for 2 years. Usually, 4 subjects are studied and taken after the first year, and 3 more subjects after the second. Disciplines are chosen by the student based on the requirements for admission to the specialty of interest to him. The average age of students in the program is from 16 to 19 years old, the language level is IELTS 5.5 (TOEFL 46). For admission, you must complete 10 classes of school with excellent grades. Successful A-level graduates go to Oxford, Cambridge, London School of Economics, University College London, King's College London and others.



USA: Pathway Programs / Pre-Masters Programs

Pathway programs are intended for students who wish to enter an undergraduate program in the United States, but do not have a sufficient level of language, the required test score (SAT) or the required grades (GPA). The programs allow students to combine academic "credits" (University 1st year level classes) and language and introductory preparation. The duration of the program is usually 1 year, after which the student is transferred immediately to the 2nd year of the bachelor's program of his choice. Thus, Pathway allows you to save time and money on preparation by integrating admission into the first year of study at the university. The program is also well suited to undecided students, as it is essentially a universal first year of any bachelor's degree. At the end of the Pathway, students can choose any discipline, be it Economics, Literature, or Biology.

Pre-Masters Programs this is an analogue of Pathway for US master's applicants. Requirements for admission to the American "graduate school" (that is, a master's or graduate school) can be incredibly high, and sometimes the competition goes off scale beyond all conceivable limits. For example, an Ivy League school's graduate acceptance rate in any given year is under 6%. In such conditions, high-quality and comprehensive training determines everything. Pre-Masters combine everything you need for admission: students take master's-level classes, prepare hard for the GRE and/or GMAT (master's tests for admission), work to improve spoken and written English, and, finally, simply receive a comprehensive selection guide program and educational institution, and admission. The duration of Pre-Masters varies from six months to a year; language level for enrollment starts with TOEFL 60-70.



Canada: Academic Semester / Year

Academic Semester / Year these are language preparation programs for undergraduate or graduate studies at universities in Canada and the United States. Programs last from 24 weeks to a year; Starting courses are available all year round. Academic Semester / Year usually includes 20 to 30 lessons per week, a personalized language learning plan, individual consultations with a mentor + the opportunity to take electives (for example, Media Studies, Film Studies, Music, Creative Writing and others).

All schools have a large set of additional resources: libraries, sports centers, entertainment and educational clubs, cafes, etc. The programs are designed for students with knowledge of English between Beginner and Advanced levels: at the beginning of the program, a test is conducted, the results of which determine the group and course learning. At the end of the course, students take one of the international exams: IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge ESOL. In addition to Canada, courses are also available in a number of cities in the US, UK and Malta.


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Europe: Test Preparation Courses

Test Preparation Courses this is a common name for language and academic preparation courses for admission to European universities. In terms of content, preparatory programs may focus on preparing for specific language tests (eg TestDaF for German, or DELF for French), and preparation for entrance examinations (eg pre-university program at Charles University, Prague).

Preparation for German and French. Language courses can last from 4 weeks to a year, depending on the desire and needs of the student. Classes accept students from the age of 17, with knowledge of the language from the Beginner level: at the beginning of the course, a test is conducted that determines which program the student needs. Depending on the intensity of the course, the load is from 20 to 30 lessons per week + independent work. At the end of the course, an international exam is taken. 

Studienkolleg these are introductory programs for foreign applicants at German universities. Admission to the programs is possible with a school certificate with honors, or upon completion of the 1st year of a Russian university. German language proficiency at level B1-B2 is also required. The training course lasts 1 year, after which the exams necessary for admission to a German university are taken.

Czech language and preparation for admission to universities in the Czech Republic. Charles University in Prague offers foreign students to combine intensive study of the Czech language with preparation for entrance exams. The preparatory course includes 35 lessons per week and lasts 1 year (September to June). Each program starts with an intensive language course from scratch.


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China: Pre-University Program

For students wishing to study in China, many Chinese universities offer Pre-University Programs - preparatory programs for intensive study of the Chinese language and familiarization with Chinese culture. The course usually includes 20 to 30 classes from Monday to Friday, and cultural activities and weekend excursions. The duration of the programs varies from 4 weeks to a year, with the possibility of studying Chinese in Beijing, Shanghai, Harbin, Nanjing, Hangzhou and other cities. The largest universities offering preparatory courses: Peking University, Shanghai International Studies University, Fudan University, Harbin Institute of Technology, Zheijang University of Technology and others.

The programs offer training for students with both an elementary level of Chinese (Elementary) and more advanced levels (Intermediate and Advanced). In addition to writing, speaking and listening training, the programs offer electives designed to provide a more complete understanding of Chinese culture and, by extension, the language. Thus, students can choose classes in Chinese Folklore, Classical and Modern Literature, History, Media Culture, Rhetoric, Translation and others.

During free time, hands-on workshops on Chinese painting, calligraphy, theater and traditional martial arts (Tai Chi) complete the rich student experience, while weekend tours of China's sights provide a glimpse of the country in all its diversity.

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