How can students decide between International Year Ones and Foundation Years?
Deciding between these two great options can be tricky. But there are certain criteria that would make students more suited for one or the other.
In particular, students for whom entry requirements are the biggest obstacle to their dream course should definitely look at Foundation Years.
This applies to students who might be coming up short for a range of reasons:
- They didn’t score highly enough on their final assessments (A-Levels, IB etc)
- Their qualifications aren’t accepted by the institution
- They didn’t study the subjects required for the degree
On the other hand, International Year Ones are a great option for students who are keen to build up an international community, or who are particularly worried about cultural and lifestyle changes. After all, one of their defining characteristics is its international underpinning, and only international students take these courses.
Another group that should definitely have International Year Ones on their radar are students who are interested in Foundation Years, but also looking to keep costs down and/or graduate ASAP. Because International Year Ones replace the first year of the degree, one whole year’s worth of tuition fees is saved!
International Year Ones also tend to have even smaller class sizes than Foundation Years, because they’re limited to a particular university, and further limited to just international students. Students looking for intimate learning experiences, or wary of diving straight into huge lectures, might prefer the International Year One route.