Cambridge English, StudyPortals. New routes to higher education: the global rise of foundation programmes. 2015. Pages: 16.
Higher education has never been more global. In 2012, over 4.5 million students went abroad to study, up from 2 million in 2000. However, accessing international education is not straightforward. There are vast differences in school education systems around the world and students require a high level of language proficiency to cope with the demands of higher education. As a result, there are now over 1,000 English-medium foundation programmes worldwide. These programmes help students to bridge gaps in their academic knowledge, language proficiency and study skills, and ultimately, win a place in an English-medium degree programme. In this report, Cambridge English and StudyPortals present the world’s first global overview of the number and type of programmes that are available and the direction of future market growth.