There’s no denying that the United Kingdom is home to some of the best universities in the world. According to the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings, no fewer than 30 of Europe’s 100 top higher education institutions are British and in the world list only the United States has more.
Not surprisingly, this news has spread around the globe. For decades now, international students have been keen to come here to take advantage of this world-beating education – to the extent that last year more than 450,000 non-UK nationals were studying at British universities, almost 20% of the total number of university students.
But for many international students, making the leap from a high school education in their home country to the demands of studying at a UK university might seem a frightening prospect – which is where Oxford Business College can help. We have been offering Foundation Diploma programmes – aiming to prepare international students in every way for a UK university education – for more than 30 years, meaning we have a wealth of experience in helping students reach their goals. If you’re thinking about where to start your British education journey, there’s no better first step you could make than to get in touch with OBC.
Some FAQs about OBC’s International Foundation Diploma
What is it?
A six-, nine- or twelve-month course designed to prepare international students for an undergraduate degree in the UK. At the end of the course, not only will you have been trained to study effectively in a British environment and improved your English, but you will also have earned a recognised qualification that will allow you to apply for some of the most highly regarded universities in the UK.
Who is it for?
International students with a good high school education who want to go on to a British university.
What subjects can I study at Oxford Business College?
Business, Engineering or Law. These will qualify you to study for a degree in a related subject.
What are the entry requirements?
You must have completed secondary education, be 18 or older and have a minimum IELTS (English language) score of at least 4.0. (During the course you will receive English classes designed to raise your level to at least 6.0).
Which universities can I apply to after the course?
Oxford Business College has specific recognition agreements with a host of top universities to accept our Foundation programmes – including the University of Surrey, University of Exeter, Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL), University of Essex, University of York, De Montfort University, Southampton Solent University, University of Greenwich, University of East London, University of Sunderland and Regent’s University – but further universities are likely to accept your application too.
Why should I choose Oxford Business College?
We are confident that after 30 years’ experience we offer an unbeatable pathway into the UK university system – for several reasons.
Firstly, our hand-picked team of tutors and small class sizes mean that you will get the sort of personalised teaching that we’ve found international students in particular benefit from.
Secondly, our flexible enrolment means students can join courses at any of four points during the year – January, April, July and October – without having to wait for the start of the academic year.
Thirdly, the College is accredited by all of the UK’s key higher-education bodies, meaning not just that you can trust OBC to deliver a top-quality education but also that we are able to sponsor students for the necessary visa to study in the UK. The College was also ranked 6th in the UK by Whatuni for independent higher education in 2019.
And finally, our location in the centre of Oxford, a fantastic global education capital, allows our students to take advantage of the rich cultural and social life of the city. It really is the perfect place to begin your adventure.
For more information about our International Foundation programmes, with no obligation, send a short email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in our online application form. Our admissions team will be able to answer any questions you may have.