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Boarding school experienceStudent storiesUniversity preparation 1 October 2019

Unlike traditional boarding schools in the UK, CATS Colleges specialises in preparing international students for university success and offers termly start dates: January, April and September.

Prepare for university success on a Foundation Programme

Students finishing their studies in their home country in November or December can prepare for entry to a UK university on a two or three-term foundation programme starting January 2020 at a CATS College located in the academic cities of Cambridge, Canterbury or London.

CATS Colleges was the first educational provider to pioneer the University Foundation Programme back in the 1980s, with our school in Canterbury first delivering the programme. The course, which acts as a bridge from students’ high school education in their own country to university in the UK, is an accredited qualification accepted by 90 of the 100 top UK universities.

Since its inception over 5000 students have graduated from the programme, including Anita from Nigeria who achieved all A* and progressed to the University of Nottingham, a member of the Russell Group, to study Pharmacy. 

Anita says:

“Compared to where I was last year in terms of my academics, I think I’ve moved ahead three times because of their (CATS Canterbury) help and my efforts."

As well as developing English skills, students study three subjects, with exams at the end of the course. Students need to be 17 years old and have a language level of IELTS 5.0 (or equivalent).

Experience a British education

CATS Colleges also offers a “taster” programme for students that want to experience academic life in the UK without disrupting their academic studies. The High School Term programme gives students the opportunity to take subject classes to complement their in-country studies. At the end of the programme, students receive a notarised report showing their progress and achievements.

Norberto from Mexico chose to study at CATS College London, the only school in Europe with a Bloomberg Business Lab, to experience studies in the UK:

“When I saw that CATS London had Bloomberg Terminals I was really motivated to learn there to give me a competitive edge back in Mexico.”

Students get a rich and varied study experience and can enjoy a variety of clubs (Young Enterprise Business Challenge, Student Investor Club and Model United Nations), activities (from football and basketball to dance and drawing) and excursions.

Start your academic journey today by speaking to your local student advisor.

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