Academic Foundation Year

This rigorous program gives students a competitive edge as they apply to U.S. universities. The program includes:

  • Personalized assistance in the college application process
  • Customized instruction in advanced academic English
  • Standardized test preparation courses (TOEFL, SAT, etc.)
  • Writing and academic courses designed to prepare students for future college-level coursework
  • Course on American culture and university life that develops cross-cultural competencies
  • Individual weekly advising sessions
  • Student engagement in service projects throughout the community
  • Cultural and social activities
KGSP students

Program Partners

NC State has hosted foundation year programs for select recipients of the KAUST Gifted Student Program (KGSP). The KGSP is an invitation-only scholarship that selects students from the top 3 percent of Saudi high school graduates in science and math, and supports them as they earn bachelor’s degrees at U.S. institutions prior to pursuing advanced degrees at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).