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University preparation courses

Want to pursue your studies abroad but don’t have the required english ability to join your university of choice ? There is a solution : immersive catch up lessons on the university campus, just before the start of term.

Why take a university preparation course?

This type of programme is for students who didn’t get quite achieve the grades they hoped for on the IELTS or the TOEFL. When you apply to foreign universities, you can receive three types of response : negative, a conditional offer, or an unconditional offer. A conditional offer means that you will be admitted if you fulfill certain conditions. Generally, these conditons are : achieving a minimum grade on your baccalaureat (or in a specific subject) ; and achieving a minimum score on the IELTS or TOEFL or other official english language test.

If you don’t get the required grade asked for in your conditional offer, you can still be accepted, if you take and pass an intensive english language course.

How does a university preparation unfold?

Depending on the score obtained on the IELTS or TOEFL, the university will prescribe a certain duration for the course. This course takes place on the university campus, generally the month before the start of term.

The university holds your place on the programme on which you were conditionally accepted. You will join the programme at the start of term if you passed the course you were put on. You don’t need to retake an english language test. The duration of the course depends on your english ability, the programme you are aiming for, and of the universities requirements. These courses genreally last around seven weeks and rarely exceed six months.

Can I rely on a university preparation?

University preparation courses are, in some ways, a last resort. Not all universities offer this kind of programme. The competition to get into some schools is very tough : an application that doesn’t fulfill all the requirements can be quickly discarded. So it’s often better to rigorously prepare for the english tests in order to get the required grades.

It is highly recommended to apply to anglo-saxon universities before mid-january and to prepare the application at least one year before the start of term. If you start earlier, you will have the time to prepare for a possible university preparation course. Latecomers are generally forced to delay their start for a semestre or even a year.

For more information on this programme and on the universities offering this option, get in touch with a Study Experience team member. We will gladly support you on your journey.

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