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Tural Hasanov – Baku, Azerbaijan

I decided to start my academic career as a Foundation Year student at Jacobs University before doing my bachelor’s degree. The main reason for my choice was that I did not feel on the same level of knowledge compared to undergraduate students. For instance, English is not my native language and I have never had an international form of education before the Foundation Year.

One of the key components in the Foundation Year for me was to be able to take part in university-level courses and to gain as much information as possible from which I benefit now. From the Foundation Year, I actually learned what being at a university means in terms of both academics and social life.

Jacobs is an international university and everyone on campus becomes part of the Jacobs Community. During the Foundation Year I had many training sessions that helped me to become more open minded towards the different cultures and people. In addition, living in such an intercultural and diverse environment taught me to think more globally and internationally and to put everything on a much bigger scale than before.

As I said before, English was one of my big problems when I first came to Jacobs but it was the only language being spoken by everyone. Courses, presentations, homework, lectures, classes, even the instructions of how to use the printers – everything happens in English. Quickly, I became aware of the fact that that I had to improve my English if I wanted to continue my studies at an international university. After a year of struggle with the language and, of course, with the help of my course instructors, advisors and coordinators I actually made it. I successfully accomplished the Foundation Year and am really proud of myself for achieving what I wanted.

On the whole, I advise students who have doubts in their ability to succeed in an international university not to push themselves, but to make use of the possibility of a Foundation Year at Jacobs University. You are simply better prepared for your future education by doing so. For me personally, it seems more efficient to spend one year at the university becoming familiar with the environment rather than being an unprepared student.

In summary, if you want to experience first-hand what is expected of you in your future undergraduate studies and you are looking for guidance in figuring out how to shape this future, the Foundation Year program is the best option, I can guarantee that.

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Foundation Year – Gateway to undergraduate studies in English Tue, 20 Sep 2011 12:56:45 +0000

Shreyans Bhandari – Pune, India

In summer 2010 I had completed 12 years of education back home in Pune, India.  I decided that I wanted to eventually do my master’s degree in America  and was looking for options to gain the skills I needed to be accepted to a prestigious school in America. This is the reason why I chose to do a Foundation Year at the Jacobs University (with the duration of one year), followed by three years of undergraduate studies. Moreover, I wanted to strengthen my basic knowledge in the engineering field, which I am now pursuing in my bachelor program.

I came to Jacobs University a month before the start of the Foundation Year to speak to the program coordinator and was impressed with the concept and structure of the Foundation Year. Hence, I took the plunge to experience what Jacobs University had prepared for me.

Looking back on that year now, I feel that it was very effective for me. I started to observe subjects in a different dimension; let it be debates, cultural discussions, or logic in science. I became really curious about the topics taught in class and started to study for myself, which I never did or liked before. The Foundation Year was successful because it managed to show to me subjects of different disciplines and to emphasize on the topics I liked.

In the second semester of the Foundation Year I was part of an exciting new project. In the company of an Engineering professor and a Ph.D. student, I installed LED tubes in one of the research buildings. These were to be introduced in place of large energy consuming fluorescent tubes containing mercury, which is environmentally the most difficult element to recycle and reuse. Thus, I also helped in a small step towards a greener planet!

From my experience, I would recommend students of all interests to take part in the Foundation Year. Only through this unique program can one strengthen their academic skills, gain thorough orientation in different fields and, at the same time, experience university life by being part of a close-knit campus family.

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