Foundation Programme

Foundation Programme

From Foundation to Future: The Ultimate Preparation for Your Bachelor's Degree

Gisma Foundation Programme

Gain all the skills you need to successfully start your bachelor’s programme at Gisma.

The Gisma Foundation Programme is specifically designed for students who have the drive and ambition to undertake one of our bachelor’s degree programmes but may need additional support to meet the entry requirements here at Gisma. The goal of our foundation programme is to equip talented individuals like yourself with the necessary skills, knowledge, and experience you need to successfully gain direct entry to one of our business or computer science bachelor’s programmes. Gisma offers two foundation degrees pathways, and these foundation courses will help you accelerate into a bachelor’s programme.

We understand that there are many students who have the potential to be successful at degree level and come from a diverse range of backgrounds and previous educational experiences. Therefore, in just one semester we provide you with English language support, subject-oriented, cognitive and methodological skills required to enter Gisma’s undergraduate degree programmes.

Successful completion of all the foundation modules as well as attaining the minimum level of B2 English language competency will allow you to directly progress onto your bachelor’s level modules.


6 months

Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct

€ from 4,800 per year

€ 6,563 international students

Understanding Your Foundation with Undergraduate Degree Programme offer

The Foundation Semester at Gisma is designed to enhance your skills and prepare you for a successful transition to your chosen bachelor’s programme. The following information is important for you to understand before making the decision to start the Foundation Semester. 

Why study a Foundation Programme?

  • Optimal preparation for your bachelor studies
  • Boost your linguistic competence (especially in English)
  • Tailor your learning with the choice of two pathways: business or computer science, depending on your chosen bachelor’s degree
  • Smooth and seamless transition onto the on-campus bachelor’s degree in Germany
  • The tuition fee for the foundation programme will be awarded back to you as credit to pay for the final semester of your bachelor’s programme at Gisma

What will you learn?

  • A solid foundation in English reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, required for higher education studies and developing your confidence and ability to communicate effectively in English
  • A range of mathematical and numerical skills relating to the disciplines of Business and IT
  • Foundations of business management (Business pathway) to enable students to learn the key components of the business environment
  • Foundations of Computer Science (Computer Science pathway) to establish a solid foundation for computer science students with the main features of computer systems and algorithms
  • Academic and professional development which will develop study and professional skills via a range of workshops, classes, activities and tutorials
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Programme Structure

The Foundation Programme will be taught over six months which includes an intensive English module taught over this period.

The structure and content of the programme and its individual modules have been carefully designed to allow students to develop the skills and acquire the knowledge necessary to make a successful transition to their chosen Business or Computer Science related degree pathway. 

On average, the learning time will be around 125 hours per module in the Foundation Programme representing the time you will need to spend on average on the whole range of learning activities. This includes lectures, tutorials, group work, independent study, preparing coursework and sitting for examinations. The language module comprises 550 hours and is taught over two quarters.

You will choose either the “Business Pathway” or the “Computer Science Pathway” depending on which bachelor programme you wish to enter after successfully completing the Foundation Programme.


Business Pathway Modules

  • English for Foundation Programme
  • Mathematical Foundations
  • Foundations of Business Management
  • Academic and Professional Development

Computer Science Pathway Modules

  • English for Foundation Programme
  • Mathematical Foundations
  • Foundations of Computer Science
  • Academic and Professional Development

Fees and Entry Reqs


EU / Germany – €4,800

International – €6,563

You will be rewarded the tuition fee back as credit to be used in the final semester for your chosen bachelor’s programme at Gisma.

Visit our fees and funding page for a more detailed breakdown all our tuition fees, additional programme savings, and your funding options.

For more details speak to a programme consultant or learn how to apply.

Entry Requirements

  • IELTS 5.0
  • Highschool Certificate
  • General University Entrance Qualification

Connected Bachelor Programmes and How to Apply

The successful completion of the Foundation Programme Business Pathway allows entry into the following programmes:

The successful completion of the Foundation Programme Computer Science Pathway allows entry into the following programmes:

Should you wish to add the Foundation Programme to one of these bachelor’s, you can apply directly to one of the above bachelor programmes via the Gisma online application portal

Alternatively, if you would like to find out more information and have one of our Programme Consultants guide you through the options, you can enquire using the green ‘Enquire Now’ button above.