The Foundation Year at VGU is an obligatory study preparation course for all Bachelor programs, with duration of one year. The goal of the program is to enhance the student's knowledge and ability in the areas of language, subject knowledge and methodological ability. By doing so, it aims to ensure that students are well prepared to participate in an international Bachelor program.

The Foundation Year runs as a full-time course and has the following specific goals.

  • Improve students' English reading, writing, listening and speaking abilities, as well as their vocabulary, so they are able to achieve an IELTS score of at least 6.0.
  • Improve students' study skills so they will be able to perform well in an English-only classroom environment.
  • Improve students' skills in public speaking and self-confidence so they will be able to give effective, persuasive presentation in English.
  • Develop effective writing skills and strategies to prepare them for the varied and challenging tasks of academic writing.
  • Start to provide a foundation in German to build upon in the following years.
  • Review and enhance previous high school knowledge of mathematics and other science subjects, in English.
  • Provide students with an introduction to software relevant to studying and working in their specific fields.
  • Promote camaraderie among Foundation Year students through extracurricular activities such as: academic contests, student clubs, parties and activities etc.

It is not possible to apply only for the Foundation Year. It is a fixed component of the Bachelor programs at VGU. To participate in the Foundation Year, the students have to meet the admissions criteria for the Bachelor program and then apply and register for it. It is not possible to skip the Foundation Year.


If you want to receive more information on the Foundation Year at VGU or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Henning Hilbert or Ms. Ha Thi Kim Chung at fy(at)vgu.edu.vn