Pre-U vs Foundation

So you’ve finally picked a college you would like to study at but you aren’t entirely sure whether or not to pick a Pre-U course or a foundation program.

While Pre-U and Foundation are technically very similar in the sense that they’re geared towards getting you ready for the next step of your education, that’s where the similarities end.


Foundation is more focused

Foundation programs generally can be called a fast track towards your degree, preparing you for the next step in your education. They tend to contain more focused syllabuses and are recommended for people who are very sure for courses that they will be taking.

However, Foundation is best used as a stepping stone as opposed to your entire qualification as itself; many won’t hire a graduate who simply has their Foundation certification and your qualifications may not be recognized at other institutions.


Pre-U preps you for international degrees

While broader in nature compared to a foundation program, a Pre-U program will get you ready to take on an international degree, like Taylor’s Canadian Pre-U program for example. It will also be a gateway towards many universities as your qualifications will be recognized in many countries as well.



To put it in simple terms, a Pre-U program is much like a buffet while Foundation is more like a three course meal. The former allows you to pick and choose from a wide variety of subjects that might pique your interest, while the latter will still allow you to choose, but from a more controlled pool of subjects. Some of which would be core subjects which you will have to partake.


Study time

This will likely affect you the most when it comes to choosing which path to take. Pre-U courses are a lot more intensive and require much more coursework, much of it which will be hands on. Foundation programs on the other hand will usually set you back about a year or so at best, but will feature a more even balance of coursework and examinations.

These are but some of the differences you will find between Foundation and Pre-U programmes, but bear in mind that there will be differences between different institutions of learning.

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