The Lakeside Campus is home to Taylor’s College, which is renowned for its pre-university programmes.

GOING to university is a big step – this period in a young adult’s life certainly meets with some excitement and unease.

Students are met with many roads that act as stepping stones into the world of higher education locally or overseas; choosing the best option can seem like a daunting task.

While some institutions take pride in one or two specialised courses, Taylor’s College gives students multiple top-quality options to pursue their pre-university programme, including its foundation curriculum, which offers the widest range of education pathways.

Students can choose either one of the eight programmes, ranging from Science, Arts, Engineering, Communications, Science, Computing, Business, Design, and Natural & Built Environments.

Those with a clear study interest may opt for programmes specific to their field of choice. For those who prefer to keep their options open may consider ones in Science and Arts.

The Foundation in Science programme equips students with a strong foundation in STEM subjects, in their learning transition from high school to university level.

While the Foundation in Arts offers the widest education pathway – opening doors to various disciplines like communication, business, hospitality, tourism, culinary arts, design, education, architecture, and psychology.

For Kimanda Wang Lin Ling, aged 21, the deciding factor to join the Taylor’s Foundation in Arts Programme was the variety of learning units available, along with the institution’s reputation.

“I felt that the options gave students an opportunity to explore different subjects and identify which areas would interest us most, ” said Wang.

“Also, I have always known Taylor’s as the most established college with a long, reputable history of educating and producing well-rounded, excellent, and confident graduates.”

It did not take long for her to feel that joining the Foundation in Arts left her with valuable lessons.

“One of the best memories was meeting and befriending so many types of people with different personalities and working styles.

“I am happy to experience working with them, especially when we worked on projects and assignments.

“Within the short year, my family and friends saw that I was better at communicating and managing stress, as well as organising plans and tasks, ” she added.

Wang will continue her undergraduate degree in the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at Taylor’s University.

Sajiya Mir, aged 21, however joined Taylor’s College after listening to the encouraging experiences from her friends and siblings.

Having completed the Foundation in Design Programme, Sajiya’s educational experience echoes that of her peers.

“My lecturers were truly very kind and encouraging towards my progress in class, ” she shared.

“This was apparent during the pandemic and we had to adjust to online classes and tutorials.

She said she anticipated some changes, but her lecturers maintained the same level of support for her and her classmates.

“It was due to their support that I have seen so much growth in myself in just a year.”

Starting out in the foundation course, Sajiya was initially unsure which area to pursue in her undergraduate course, however, found inspiration as she explored her course.

“I was exposed to a variety of modules, whether it was in fundamental drawing or spatial design.

“I could experiment with my skills to identify which techniques were more comfortable for me.

“From here, I managed to develop my creative endurance to be able to work on designs hours at a time, ” she said.

Currently, Sajiya is pursuing her degree in the Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Creative Media at Taylor’s University.

The Taylor’s College Foundation Programmes are a year-long course, allowing students to use their transcript to apply to international universities.

Enrolled students have access to the University Placement Services (UPS) advisors who offer advice, guidance, and assistance for transfer applications to over 200 institutions in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Asia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

This was a deciding factor for 22-year-old Ng Yi Wen when considering enrolling in the Taylor’s Foundation in Science.

“There are plenty of exciting opportunities for research overseas, ” related Ng.

“My plan was to transfer credits to an international university, to complete my degree.

“It is also my hope to secure a job opportunity in research when I have completed the remaining of my university degree.”

Currently pursuing the Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Taylor’s University, Ng learnt the important fundamentals during her year in the foundation course.

“My introduction to the world of science was nothing short of remarkable.

“It made me certain that I was in the correct field and what I wanted to do in the future.

“My lecturers were creative in their teaching methods, using effective techniques like memory palace, and storytelling to help me remember my study material, ” she enthused.

Each foundation programme has intakes in January, March, and August.

Find out how you can get the best pre-university experience at Taylor’s College through its Digital Open Day weekend (Dec 5 and 6), or contact 03-5629 5000, email or go to for details.

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