Preparatory Global Foundation and
Global Foundation in Saudi Arabia

The new Preparatory Global Foundation and Global Foundation offer Saudi Arabian students
the most flexible route to a leading university.

The courses give you fantastic academic and English language preparation in your home country, and you will also enjoy excellent student support as you adjust to university-style teaching and learning. We will then help you choose where to study your bachelor's degree from our world-class university partners in the UK and Australia. These universities are all approved by the Saudi Ministry of Education, and offer a wide range of subjects. The Preparatory Global Foundation and Global Foundation are delivered at a purpose-built centre, situated in one of Riyadh's most convenient areas. During your course, you will have access to all the resources you need to succeed.

Key advantages

Home-Country Benefits
By studying the Preparatory Global Foundation and Global Foundation in Saudi Arabia, you can benefit from a number of advantages:
  • Become familiar with university teaching and study methods, while enjoying the comfort of your home country.
  • Focus on your studies without the extra challenge of adjusting to a new culture.
  • Save on accommodation costs for several months by living at home (compared to living in the UK or Australia).
  • Give yourself more time to obtain a student visa for university study abroad.
Teaching That Transforms
The Global Foundation gives students world-class preparation for university study. You will benefit from specially designed subject modules with academic English and skills, together with structured learning and additional sessions on studying abroad. This great breadth of knowledge will prepare you for a wide range of university courses, and get you ready for the exciting experience of studying overseas. Students also take a preparatory course before the Global Foundation, to bring their English language level, subject knowledge and academic skills up to the required standard for further study. Note: to benefit fully from the curriculum, students will need to bring their own laptop. Technical specifications are available on request.
University Placement Support
During your Global Foundation, you will benefit from expert levels of career and university counselling from our staff. This means you can confidently choose the degree, university and study destination that is right for you.
Guaranteed Progression
Entry to a university partner is guaranteed when you pass your Global Foundation at the required level. Several top universities in the UK and Australia accept the Global Foundation, and our flexible course structure means you may decide your university and degree after your Global Foundation starts.
Kaplan International Colleges: a leading name in the world-class education
The Preparatory Global Foundation and Global Foundation are delivered jointly by the Eduguide Institute and Kaplan International Colleges (KIC). KIC is a world leader in university preparation, with well-established pathway courses in the UK, USA, Australia, China, Nigeria and Japan. These courses are offered in partnership with prestigious universities. KIC brings this expertise to the Preparatory Global Foundation and Global Foundation in Saudi Arabia, so your future is in safe hands. Visit for more information.
Your route to university

Course information

The Global Foundation is available in two pathways, and you can choose your route after your course starts. In addition, our Preparatory Global Foundation will give you a solid base of academic, English and subject skills, both for your Global Foundation and for future study.

Key course facts
  • Preparatory Global Foundation entry level: successful completion of Saudi high school certificate and IELTS 3.5 or recognised equivalent English language level
  • Course starts: First intake March 2016, with later start dates available throughout the year. Contact us for further details
  • Course length: Up to 36 weeks for Preparatory Global Foundation (depending on your English level); 36 weeks for Global Foundation Australia).
  • Course structure: students take all Preparatory Global Foundation modules, followed by all Global Foundation core modules and two Global Foundation pathway modules
  • Tuition fees: SAR 70,000 for Preparatory Global Foundation (based on a 22-week course); SAR 70,000 for Global Foundation (based on a 36-week course)
What will you study

You will study all Preparatory Global Foundation modules, followed by all Global Foundation core modules and two Global Foundation pathway modules.

Preparatory Global Foundation modules*

  • PEnglish for Everyday Communication
  • Listening and Speaking Skills for Study
  • Reading and Writing Skills for Study
  • Basic Mathematics
  • Basic Science
  • Learning Outside the Classroom
These modules will:
  • Equip you with a solid grounding of English listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar skills for your Global Foundation
  • Teach you basic maths and science skills
  • Encourage you to use English out of class

*Based on a 22-week Preparatory Global Foundation. Students studying a shorter or longer course will take a similar set of modules. Contact us for further details.

Global Foundation core modules

  • Academic English and Skills: Reading and Writing
  • Academic English and Skills: Speaking and Listening
  • Academic Counselling and Tutorials
  • English for Everyday Communication
  • Introductory Mathematics
  • Introductory Science
  • Studying Abroad

These modules will:

  • Enhance your understanding of the core themes across a broad base of subjects, with particular focus on maths and science
  • Improve your academic skills and ability to use English for university-level study and in day-to-day situations
  • Give you expert career, university and degree counselling

Global Foundation pathway modules

Humanities and Social Science pathway modules
  • Economic Principles
  • Social Science OR Advanced Mathematics
Science and Engineering pathway modules
  • Advanced Mathematics
  • The Physical World
These modules will:
  • Give you greater depth of knowledge in particular subjects connected to your chosen undergraduate degree
  • Allow you to more quickly understand key concepts when you start university
If you are a self-funded student and meet the entry criteria for the Preparatory Global Foundation outlined above, you may qualify for a partial scholarship for tuition fees across the Preparatory Global Foundation and Global Foundation. Contact us to request more information.
Undergraduate degree subjects
The following areas are offered across our partner universities:
  • Architecture
  • Building, Planning and Property
  • Business (including Accounting, Banking, Economics, Finance, Human Resources, International Business, Management and Marketing)
  • Computer Science
  • Criminology
  • Engineering (including Aerospace, Automotive, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Electronic, Energy, Materials, Mechanical, Pharmaceutical, Railway and Structural)
  • Geography, Geology and Environment
  • History
  • Journalism, Media and Communications
  • Law
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Philosophy
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Science (including Animal Science and Physics)
  • Social Policy
  • Sociology
  • Tourism and Hospitality
Please note that subject and pathway availability varies by partner university. Additional entry requirements and selection criteria may apply.

A range of university partners

After you successfully complete your Global Foundation with the required grades and good attendance, you are guaranteed entry to study for a bachelor's degree at one of our prestigious university partners:
University of Birmingham, UK

After successfully completing your Global Foundation at the required level in your home country, you will progress directly to the University. In little more than 100 years, the University of Birmingham has established itself as one of the very best, offering fantastic career prospects and award-winning support for international students. The University consistently excels in national and worldwide rankings and is part of the renowned Russell Group. It is ranked 17th in the UK (Times / Sunday Times University Guide 2016) and 76th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2015/16), reinforcing its status as a leading academic institution. It was ranked 14th for research power in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), where 81% of its work was rated 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'. The UK's second largest city, Birmingham enjoys a long cultural and academic heritage, as well as one of Europe's most diverse communities. The city boasts three world-class music and sports venues, as well as outstanding shopping centres and an impressive collection of traditional and contemporary art galleries.

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City University London, UK
University of Liverpool, UK
University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE Bristol), UK
The University of Adelaide, Australia
Murdoch University, Australia
Bournemouth University, UK
University of Brighton, UK
Nottinghan Trent University, UK

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