Foundation Year in Sciences

One-year program

The Foundation Year in Sciences, taught in English, is designed to equip students with all the skills required to succeed at the university level, and to be successful in any undergraduate programme in sciences.

During the Foundation Year, students will review mathematics studied in high school in detail, learn to run experiments, and how to report on them. Students will acquire basic knowledge of programming in the Computer Science course. The Methodology course will develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, and teach students how to manage their time. In the Active Science course, students will build on their knowledge and skills to manage a scientific project of their choice. They will also study a foreign language (French for non-French speakers) and attend two courses from the first year of the Bachelor in Physics offered at Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi.

The teaching methodology involves lectures and tutorials, laboratory sessions, projects, written technical reports and oral presentations.

Throughout the Foundation Year in Sciences, students will interact with the students from the Bachelor in Physics and be part of events organised by the Sciences and Engineering Department.

Conditions of admission:

  • French Baccalaureate with a minimum final average of 10/20 or High School Diploma with a minimum 80% average (or equivalent)
  • EmSAT Math score of 700 or achieving the required score in the placement exam conducted by the University
  • English Proficiency Exam: EmSAT – English – minimum score of 1250, TOEFL 525 (70 iBT) or IELTS 5.5*

*Students coming from the English curriculum are exempted from the language proficiency certificate.

At the end of the Foundation Year in Sciences, students will be prepared to enter any science-based undergraduate programme.

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