Oct 05

Foundation Programs in the USA

Foundation programs in the US are offered for international students who do not meet the direct entry requirements for American Universities. It involves language courses and academic ones, helping students to progress faster to their studies.

Foundation programs in the US are offered for international students who do not meet the direct entry requirements for American Universities. It involves language courses and academic ones, helping students to progress faster to their studies.

The duration of a foundation program in the US is usually one year where students will be required to get acceptable grades in order to pass to year 1 of their bachelor degree.

The start date of a foundation program in the US is usually in September. In some cases, there can more one intake offered through our range of foundation providers in the USA.

BESA offers its students foundation programs at different majors in the US through foundation providers and through universities-provided foundation programs.

The Academic requirements for commencing a foundation in the US usually ranges from a university to the other (depending on the ranking), and also per major. However, the required documents for foundation programs are quite the same which are:

  • High School Transcripts & Certificate
  • Copy of Passport
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Personal Statement
  • IELTS Academic or TOEFL Exam


International Year One (IY1) is offered at many universities in the US for students who have higher grades than those required for a foundation, but still below those of the direct entry requirements. Students will undertake academic programs that would help them progress in their studies and commence to their 2nd year of bachelor.

The duration of an International Year One in the US is one year, where students start their course in September and ends on July or August.

The mode of studying for IY1 is intensive where students will be required to show academic excellence that will allow them to progress further to their 2nd year of bachelor degree.

International Year 1 in the USA are offered through providers as well as directly with the university. At BESA, we help you choose from several International Year One options depending on your academic qualifications, universities’ requirements, budget and preferred course of study.


Key Required Documents for Applying for an IY1 in the US are:

  • High School Transcripts & Certificate
  • Copy of Passport
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Personal Statement
  • IELTS Academic or TOEFL Exam
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