University Foundation Programme

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University Foundation Programme delivered in Bahrain and leading to a bachelors degree in Canada or the UK

Are you graduating High School This Year or know someone who is?

You are probably not sure what to do next?

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If there is a Foundation Programme that prepares you for UK and North American Undergraduate degree programmes based in Bahrain:

  • Business and Management
  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Humanities


That guarantees a University place for you when you successfully complete the foundation programme then you will probably be excited to hear more about it.

Students will have the world at their feet after completing their studies and will be able to further their studies in the UK (18 Universities work with NCUK), Canada, the USA, Australia and the rest of the world.

Programme Aims

The aims of the foundation programme are:

  1. To provide international students with a high quality pre-undergraduate education, with outcomes comparable with GCE A levels.
  2. To prepare students for study at undergraduate level in English-language universities. The programme is designed to meet the requirements of MDCI partners in Canada and the UK.
  3. To enhance the English language ability of students to enable them to communicate and study effectively and confidently at undergraduate level in an English-language university.
  4. To certify a student’s academic English language skills in a way that is recognised by MDCI’s partners, without the requirement for further assessment of English language ability.
  5. To develop the learning skills, subject knowledge and related capabilities required for successful study at undergraduate level.
  6. To cultivate a commitment to good practice in academic work.
  7. To provide students with the necessary personal and key skills to enable them to develop as independent, autonomous learners.
  8. To give students practical experience of different methods that may be used to develop and assess their learning.

The programme is planned to start in middle 2017.

MDCI is finalising a partnership agreement with NCUK (UK) and completed an agreement with Cape Breton University (Canada).

  • NCUK


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    NCUK programmes are taught using methods commonly used in UK higher education – lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshop classes, together with case studies and surveys, laboratory and practical classes. Students are also given the opportunity to practise a wide range of study skills including individual and group presentations, project work and extended assignments. Where appropriate, teachers should make classes as student-centred as possible.

    About NCUK

    If you pass your NCUK programme NCUK will guarantee you a place on a suitable programme at one of our partner universities. The entry criteria for each of our universities varies, so where you are placed will depend on how well you do in your exams. The better you perform, the greater chance you have of getting a place at your first choice!

    5 reasons to study with NCUK

    A great tradition

    We’ve been working with international students since 1987. We work in partnership with our 11 founder Universities to help international students achieve a place on a UK degree programme. We deliver pathway programmes that allow you to gain the skills and qualifications needed to enter a UK university. We are a unique organisation because we were founded by 11 leading UK universities – which means that we have your best interests in mind not our profits. Because of this relationship, we can guarantee you entry onto nearly 3,000 degree programmes in the UK. You can choose the programme and provider that are right for you.

    Save yourself time and money

    The majority of our programmes are delivered in-country. This means that you can stay in your home country while you study, before coming to the UK. Depending on the programme you take, this can be a substantial saving. As well as money, you can also save time – our International Foundation Year can be completed in nine months (as opposed to the Cambridge A-level two year duration), which again means that you can minimize the time spent before starting your studies and your career. Combined with our competitive prices, this makes an NCUK programmes a compelling proposition.

    Working with us works for you

    We’re extremely proud of our long history, and the achievements of the students who we’ve helped to realise their ambitions. You can be sure that if you enroll on one of our programmes, you have the very best chance of getting into your chosen university – in fact 90% of our students get into their chosen university

    Your assurance of quality

    All of our programmes are created in conjunction with our founder universities, and all of them are designed to give you the skills you need to get your UK studies off to a flying start. Our programmes are obviously recognized and accepted by our universities, but the majority of universities around the world also recognize them. Our programmes give you a globally portable qualification.

    The NCUK student experience

    You will be taught in one of our Delivery Partner centres around the world. We currently have over 30 centres in Africa, Asia, and Europe – you find out where our centres are and which programmes they offer by visiting Where Can I Study?. Our centres are fully accredited by us, and all of them offer outstanding academic and social facilities, giving you access to a stimulating and safe learning environment. All of our staff are fully qualified and are experts in their field.

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  • Cape Breton University (Canada)

    Cape Breton University is a place where students don’t just go, they Happen. Because CBU is a unique place where students who believe that they can actually have an effect in the world discover what that effect is going to be. We’re one of Canada’s youngest and most ambitious universities with a comprehensive set of liberal arts, science and professional programs and a unique commitment to community, economic development, aboriginal learning and research into many aspects of environment and culture.

    Currently home to approximately 3500 students, CBU’s vision of higher education allows students to pursue diverse fields of study in programs with national reputations in final year student satisfaction, faculty-student interaction and employability.

    Fast facts

    • Offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, business, science and technology
    • 1 of 5 universities in Canada to offer a Bachelor of Health Science (Public Health)
    • Offers diplomas and certificates in petroleum, public administration, management, theatre, and education
    • Lowest tuition + fees of any university in Nova Scotia
    • Nova Scotia based students comprise approximately 60% of CBU’s enrolment
    • International students comprise approximately 30% of CBU’s enrolment
    • Highest senior year “excellent” student satisfaction (Maclean’s, 2013)
    • Atlantic Canada’s leader in Aboriginal post-secondary education
    • Highest % of Aboriginal student enrollment of any institution in Atlantic Canada
    • Research activities include seven research chairs including 3 Tier II Canada Research Chairs in:
      • Determinants of Healthy Communities
      • Communities and Cultures
      • Musical Traditions
    • More than $6.5 million in Canada Foundation for Innovation and Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Trust research infrastructure since 2001
    • $3 million in annual research funding
    • Endowment Fund has more than doubled in last few years enabling scholarship & bursary offerings of over $1 million

    There is a long list of good reasons to study at CBU:

    • A commitment to provide relevant, meaningful and accessible programs
    • Solid study options in liberal arts, business, science and technology as well as education, health and wellness
    • Low student/teacher ratios allowing for excellent classroom interaction
    • Small class sizes that are the envy of other institutions
    • Work/study co-op programs in many disciplines
    • Excellent academic support services
    • International student services
    • More than 70 student societies
    • Outstanding undergraduate research opportunities
    • Established scientific and research institutes
    • Strong international partnerships
    • A focus on innovative technology
    • Student exchange opportunities
    • A Mi’kmaq Resource Centre
    • Four university residences
    • An ever-expanding scholarship program

    … And an opportunity to cheer on the Capers – winners and contenders for numerous national championships!

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    CBU traces its roots to 1951 when the “St. Francis Xavier University Sydney Campus”, also referred to as “Xavier Junior College” (XJC), was opened in downtown Sydney as a satellite campus of St. Francis Xavier University. Growth during the 1950s saw several buildings opened on this site.

    In 1968 the “Nova Scotia Eastern Institute of Technology” (NSEIT) opened in 1968 on the Sydney-Glace Bay Highway, immediately east of Sydney. This institution focused on business technology and trades and its development was largely enabled by federal and provincial funding at a time when the coal and steel industries in Industrial Cape Breton were facing serious challenges.

    In 1974, the first university college in Canada was established on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia through an amalgamation of the Nova Scotia Eastern Institute of Technology and Xavier Junior College. The Xavier Junior College was affiliated previously with St Francis Xavier University. The University College of Cape Breton became a public degree-granting institution, and retained technical and vocational programs from the former Nova Scotia Eastern Institute of Technology. Cape Breton University was established by the Cape Breton University Act.


    To provide leadership and employ partnerships that assist learners and their communities to meet their educational, cultural, and economic needs.


    To be Canada’s best University, understood and respected for its uniqueness, sense of purpose, creativity in learning, and the capabilities of its learners and the quality of its educational, training and discovery models. These put learners first in a community-based educational environment that identifies and celebrates humanistic values while embracing creativity and innovation for the common good.

    The University will realize its vision by:

    Providing the learner with access to high quality learning programs and experiences which reflect, integrate, and develop knowledge traditions of the liberal arts, sciences, technologies, and trades; Ensuring the continued pursuit of excellence in education, scholarship, service, and innovation, while recognizing the diversity of learners and celebrating the contribution of all learners to the community of scholars; and Emphasizing partnerships with the people, cultures, and communities of Cape Breton and expanding connections to the wider global community, its peoples and cultures.


    Shared values are fundamental to the success of the University in achieving its mission and realizing its vision. When pursuing its mission and vision, CBU will share values such as people, process, partnerships and flexible education, training and discovery models.


    CBU accepts that the principles of academic freedom, accountability, integrity, innovation and obligation to society are fundamental to effective transfer of knowledge, scholarship, creativity, discovery, quality teaching and learning experiences that are of benefit to learners and their communities.

    International students

Places will be limited

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