Students in the UK have 13 years of education before they start university in comparison to most countries that have 12. In addition, the UK education system is generally narrower but subjects are studied at greater depth. To ensure that overseas students are not at a disadvantage, most universities will expect overseas students to complete a foundation programme that will prepare students for the rigors of undergraduate study in the UK. A foundation programme is designed to:
- Develop a student's English for their chosen academic courses
- Prepare students for entry to a UK university and prepare them for the ways courses are delivered.
- Prepare students for their undergraduate area of study, so business students will do a business pathway and engineering students will do an engineering pathway; these pathways will develop skills important to the courses that the students will continue onto.
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Please note that in exceptional cases universities may allow direct entry. Your UKEAS counselor will be able to advise you more on this.
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