Business Foundation progam

Ardevaz Business Foundation program

What is the Business Foundation program?

The Business Foundation program (BF) is a two-semester course that acts as a bridge to the first year of bachelor’s degree programs and a complete preparation for undergraduate business degree programs worldwide. Students will strengthen their academic, communication and business English skills while studying management and marketing concepts. Upon successful completion of the BF program, students are automatically admitted into one of our worldwide partner’s program.

Your pathway to a global university

Ardevaz Business Foundation program is an intensive year long program designed to prepare you for the degree subject of your choice. The syllabi have been tailored to provide the skills and experience needed for a success at university and beyond. Based on the A Level syllabus, successful completion to the required standard of the Foundation year can lead to a place to a prestigious university. Subject-specific modules are complemented by English language tuition and study skills to equip you for university level education. The program is designed for students who:

    • Are looking to succeed in their studies and apply to a degree at a university
    • Are aged over 17
    • Are willing to undergo rigours of an intensive course in order to start university within a year
    • Want to improve their English and study skills to succeed at university and in the workplace

Business Subjects

In Ardevaz Business Foundation Program we specializes in international business subjects, providing enrichment programs to complement your chosen subject and encouraging active engagement with local thought leaders.

Business English Language Preparation

At Ardevaz we recognize that the most able students are those that have developed good language, communication and study skills. In recognition of this, we have developed the Ardevaz English language Preparation Programme, as an efficient way of improving.

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1 year program.


Business Foundation Program Outline

First SemesterSecond Semester
English for Business IEnglish for Business II
Business Study SkillsFoundations of Finance and Accounting
Foundation of EconomicsFoundations of Marketing
Foundations of International RelationsFoundations of Operations Management
Mathematics and Quantitative Techniques in BusinessIntroduction to Business Law
Applied Computer Skills I OR French
Applied Computer Skills II OR French

Modules Descriptions

Business English

This module provides additional support in English, partly to enhance understanding – especially of technical terms – and partly to improve accuracy in reading, listening, speaking and writing. You will receive appropriate support from an English language, or business English specialist. Class sessions focus on practising and strengthening business and academic English language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in a business English context.

Business Study Skills

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This module will help you to develop the skills that will underpin your undergraduate studies. Through practical exercises you will learn how to organise your time effectively, analyse assignment questions, research using online and printed sources, write up assignments with correct referencing, design and deliver effective presentations and develop the skills required for working in teams.

Foundations of Economics

This module introduces the way economies operate. You will explore basic economic concepts, and learn about both the macroeconomic and microeconomic environment in which a business functions. You will gain insight into how markets work and the role of the central bank in a financial system, and look at how different countries work under different economic systems.

Foundations of Finance and Accounting

This module offers a broad introduction to finance and accounting and introduces the key concepts and processes of finance. You will learn to prepare and interpret basic accounting statements. The nature and purpose of the three main financial statements, and the accounting conventions used in their construction, are explored. You will gain the skills to calculate and interpret simple ratios using financial statement information.

Foundations of International Relations

This module creates a basic understanding of some of the fundamental issues in the world and the approach of International Relations (IR) in analysing their complexities. You will learn about the theories of IR, and explore topics such as human rights, international law, the role of the state, peace and war, the global economy and global crises. On completing this module, you will have a strong perspective on the key issues confronting business organisations within the world of international politics and the global economy.

Foundations of Marketing

This module introduces the basic knowledge of marketing you will need to further your studies in any business-related degree programme. Businesses must adapt in order to survive, and it is the role of marketing to identify and respond to new opportunities. This module will give you a basic understanding of the core concepts of marketing and their application to real-life cases. You will gain confidence in recognising and analysing marketing situations, and interpreting results.

Foundations of Operations Management

This module introduces a crucial basic function of business – putting plans into action to achieve a physical result. You will look at production and distribution, and the systems and resources involved. Various methods for managing operations used to achieve effectiveness and efficiency, or enhance quality, are examined. You will also gain hands-on experience in working with charts and network diagrams aimed at reducing complex tasks to a series of component phases, and other techniques essential for managing operations effectively.

Mathematical and Quantitative Techniques in Business

This module will give you the confidence to apply quantitative techniques in solving business problems. Quantitative techniques aim to minimise risk and mitigate the effects of uncertainty, thus aiding the decision-making process and allowing business objectives to be attained. Businesses often have to make decisions on the efficient allocation of scarce resources. Mathematical solutions are ideal for solving such problems, which increasingly for multinational organisations involve global environmental issues.

Applied Computer Skills

This module offers a good understanding of the most common computer software used in the business world such as Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Winbiz.

French Language

Learning a language increases communicative competence, and helps you to develop a range of other skills and competencies, from linguistic skills to socio-linguistic, cognitive and semantic skills. You will learn the language of which you have no prior or limited knowledge. The module is for beginners or intermediate, and introduces both the language and the societies where it is spoken

Start Date

October 3rd 2016


Foundation level fees: Fees Autumn 2016

Application fee (non-refundable, paid with application) – CHF 200
Tuition per semester (semesters one and two) – CHF 10,000

How to apply

Please send us via e-mail the list of documents written below.

Admission Requirements:

  • 1 application form
  • 1 copy of high school diploma and transcripts
  • Proof of English fluency: IELTS with an overall score of 5.0 or equivalent. TOEFL score of 74 (internet based test) or equivalent.
  • 1 letter of recommendation
  • 1 motivation letter
  • 1 copy of your passport page
  • 1 recent passport –sized, colour photograph or jpeg format
  • A non-refundable application fee of CHF 200.-
  • Be 17 years old or older

Students not meeting these criteria will be considered on a merit basis. For more information please contact:

Apply for the program

Enquire for October 2016 and February 2017

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    September 30, 2016Registration
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