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University preparation courses

Do you wish to continue your studies abroad but your level of English is not at the necessary level to fit requirements? There is a solution for you: immersion-learning courses on campus just before the start of the university year.

Why follow a university preparation programme?

This type of programme is primarily aimed at students who have not achieved the expected IELTS or TOEFL results. When you apply for a bachelor’s or master’s degree abroad, the university can give you one of three responses: a negative response, a conditional offer, or an unconditional offer. A conditional offer means that you will be accepted if you meet certain conditions. In general, these conditions are: obtaining your bachelor’s degree with a minimum grade (or a minimum score in a specific subject); and obtaining a minimum score at the IELTS, TOEFL, or other recognised English language test. However, if you do not get the minimum score requested in your conditional offer, you still have a chance to be accepted, provided you follow and validate an intensive English course.

The logistics of the university preparation programme

Depending on your IELTS or TOEFL result, the relevant university will allocate a certain number of weeks of training. This training takes place on the campus of the university during the said months preceding the start of the academic year.

The university saves your place in the programme to which you have been conditionally accepted. You will join this programme at the beginning of the season provided you have followed and completed the training that has been set. You do not need to rewrite an official English exam. The duration of the training depends on your level of English, the programme, and the requirements of the university. These courses usually last seven weeks and do not exceed six months.

Would you be settling for a university preparation programme?

The university preparation programme is similar to a spare tyre; it is a safety net. However, not all universities offer this type of programme! Being accepted by these universities is difficult as it is very competitive to get into these institutions and programmes: an application that does not meet all the conditions can be quickly dismissed. It is therefore recommended to prepare rigorously for English exams in order to obtain the required minimum grade.

It is strongly recommended to apply to Anglophone universities before mid-January and to prepare your application at least one year before the start of your first university year. The earlier you start with your application, the more time you will have to plan and carry out a possible university preparation. Latecomers who do not get the desired IELTS and TOEFL scores are usually forced to delay their semester or year.


For more information about this programme and the universities offering this option, contact a member of the Study Experience team. We will be happy to advise you and accompany you in your studies projects.

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