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General Studies

General Studies foundation program was established in 2008 and has been designed to provide an opportunity for those applicants who would like to enter BIHE but need to strengthen their academic background and gain the ability to continue their desired field of study. It is a one-year transitional program that is offered over two semesters. This program is offered in the form of two educational groups A and B. The courses of the foundation program consist of courses at the upper secondary level and certain university courses.

Introduction
Course Schedule

Introduction

General Studies foundation program was established in 2008 and has been designed to provide an opportunity for those applicants who would like to enter BIHE but need to strengthen their academic background and gain the ability to continue their desired field of study. It is a one-year transitional program that is offered over two semesters. This program is offered in the form of two educational groups A and B. The courses of the foundation program consist of courses at the upper secondary level and certain university courses. Although the foundation program doesn’t end with a degree, it provides an opportunity for successful students to apply to an associate or a bachelor’s degree program, provided they meet entry requirements/grades of the desired degree.

Vision

The General Studies foundation program tries to create an educational space in which everyone can have an academic education; experience an educational journey from a social, intellectual, and personal point of view; nurture their intellectual and spiritual powers and values; and obtain the required scientific capability to be admitted in different fields of BIHE.

Mission

Offering an opportunity for young people who are deprived of education to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills, the General Studies foundation program provides both a bridge across the education gap from high school to university and a smooth transition from one undergraduate program to another.

Goals and Objectives

The objective of General Studies is to give the students the opportunity to improve their study and language skills before starting an undergraduate program. They also give them time to acclimatize to a new culture and academic environment. It gives students an additional year to narrow in their interests. The goal of these courses is to give students the basis they need for the undergraduate level and give them a taste of the courses they will follow in the next step of their education.
Studying a foundation course will help them attain the correct level of qualifications and skills to pursue a degree at the university level.

Admission

In general, students who fail to meet the entry requirements for other BIHE programs can follow a one-year foundation program where they study several foundation courses. This program allows them to gain entry into their selected course in the following academic year, provided that they meet the entry requirements.
This is the most basic program in BIHE and one which tries to prepare the following applicants for their desired field of study:
1. Graduates of the twelfth year of new system high schools and old system high schools, certificate holders of completion of a pre-university program, or vocational high school graduates.
2. Applicants who are admitted to BIHE but would like to change their field of study to a new one for which they had not met the requirements. These students can enroll in this foundation program to achieve required competence to be admitted in their desired field.
3. Applicants who have not been admitted in any field of BIHE, and desire to achieve the required competence to enroll in their preferred field of study.
4. Graduates of vocational schools who cannot directly enroll in any associate degree or bachelor’s degree programs of BIHE.

Curriculum

General Studies program requires that each student successfully pass at least 24 credit hours to apply to any undergraduate program of BIHE. Those who wish to apply for an associate degree must successfully pass 15 credit hours.
Previously, the General Studies Curriculum was presented in four areas of study including Mathematics, Sciences, Humanities, and associate degree requirements but after years of experience and by lessons learned through this process, recently this program is presented in the form of two educational groups A and B as follows:

Educational Group A

Students in this group can apply for any degree offered by any Faculty of the university.

Educational Group B

Students in this group can apply for any degree offered by the Faculty of Social Science and the Faculty of Business and Management (for a detailed list refer to syllabus and list of courses).

Transfer of Student to Other Fields of Study

For enrolment in bachelor’s degree programs every student of the General Studies curriculum is required to successfully pass at least 24 credit hours in two semesters, and for enrolment in Associate Degree Programs every student of General Studies curriculum is required to successfully pass at least 15 credit hours in two semesters. Such students are also qualified to apply for changing their field of study. Minimum scores to successfully pass specialized courses are announced annually by the relevant departments and General Studies students must achieve or surpass this minimum to be considered for admission by that department.


Curriculum/Course Schedule

Semester 1 Group A
Course Code
Course Name
Credit Hours
PHY1021 Basics of physics 1 3
BIO1101 Basics of biology 1 3
CHM1201 Basics of chemistry 1 3
MAT1081 Basics of math 1 3
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