purpose of the Bridging Year Program is to prepare students who hold a
diploma from a two-year Technical College to pursue a Bachelor Degree
at FBSU. Students who pass the BYP can then study the last two years of a
desired program and graduate with a Bachelor Degree from the
University. The duration of the BYP is a minimum of one academic year.
For a diploma holder, in addition to the two years s/he had spent at the
Technical College, s/he needs to study three years at FBSU, the
bridging year plus the third and fourth years of a major, in order to
get a Bachelor
Degree in the respective major.
The Bridging Year Program will be offered in the following majors:
• College of Computing: Computer Science and Computer Engineering;
• College of Business and Management: Accounting and Marketing;
• College of Engineering: Electrical, Civil and Mechanical Engineering
Admission of a Diploma graduate to a bridging year program must:
• Satisfy University admission criteria; see “University admission criteria’’.
• Be a graduate of a KSA-accredited academic organization;
Have passed the official technical exam administered by the relevant
governmental authority in case the Diploma was issued by a private
• Have a Scientific High School degree in the case of admission to the Colleges of Computing or Engineering
student applying to the BP may first be admitted to the Foundation
Program which may take up to one year to complete based on his/her
performance in the English Entrance Exam.
bridging year program consists of two components that are covered in
one academic year. The first component covers intensive instruction in
English and basic sciences (mainly Math) for the purpose of raising the
students’ skills level in these subjects and enhance their conditions
Competency in English is essential because all courses at FBSU are
taught in English and strong Math skills are also necessary, especially
for computing and engineering majors. The second component is designed
to give students intensive modules on various topics the student is
deemed to have deficiency in. These modules are custom designed to
remediate specific deficiencies and bridge the knowledge gap in core
competencies that were not covered in the Diploma curriculumin the major
they choose. This is very important because all third and four year
courses in a given major are essentially major courses and require
proper prerequisites for the students to take and successfully pass
them. Needless to say that a course taken at a technical college may not
have the same focus, depth, and intensity as a similar course offered
at FBSU despite the fact that they may seem similar.
Duration of the Bridging Year Program
program could be completed in two semesters or more depending on the
entry level of the student, his skills, and the sought program of study.