Preparatory Year Program (PYP) Department

Director's Message

Life is full of changes and adapting to those changes is what nurtures us and makes us grow. Without a doubt, the upcoming year will be a year of change for you as you adapt to your new surroundings. In the PYP Department, the expectations are on enhancing the knowledge you learned in high school and helping you to develop as a student and as an individual. There will be challenges ahead of you as you come to terms with new subjects, new ways of working, and new people.

We want you to succeed and we will be there with you every step of the way. When you have difficulties you must ask, search, and discover. You are at one of the best universities in the country. To become the best at anything means you need to work hard. You also need to collaborate with your instructors who will do their best to make sure you understand what you learn and will push you to achieve as much as you can.

I am excited by the endless possibilities which lie ahead of us and I hope that together we will create something that is unique and is of benefit to all of us at PSU and the wider community we serve.

I wish each and every one of you success in the coming year!

Mr Abid Zargar

PYP Director


The Preparatory Year Program (PYP) aspires to ensure that high school graduates become successful participants in the PSU community by nurturing the mind, the spirit and the body.


The PYP is committed to achieving an effective transition of high school graduates into qualified vibrant learners who have the level of proficiency in academia necessary to participate fully as PSU students. Using the latest technological advances and scientific instruction, we seek to develop numerical, linguistic and study skills necessary to make the transition to college life. We are committed to delivering well-rounded individuals who have a passion for learning.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • recall and explain theories, concepts and terminology within the preparatory year program
  • utilize reading strategies to extract meaning and ideas from a variety of texts in different genres and at different levels of complexity
  • employ academic knowledge in practical and creative ways
  • respond to critical-thinking and/or problem-solving tasks
  • apply information literacy skills necessary to complete assignments and tasks
  • use writing and reading for inquiry, learning, thinking, and communicating in an academic context
  • analyze mathematical functions, equations, and operations to solve problems utilizing various mathematical reasoning skills (for specific majors only)
  • behave ethically as responsible and disciplined students
  • work collaboratively in teams and with others on course assignments
  • communicate clearly and logically in academic and non-academic discourse
  • demonstrate basic skills of computer and information technology
  • maintain a level of health, physical activity, fitness and sports through practical and fitness test

PYP Duration

The duration of the preparatory year program is a minimum of one year, divided into two regular semesters and a summer session, if necessary (and if there is any available course). The preparatory year represents the first and second semesters of all the undergraduate programs. In addition, some students might be required to complete one semester of intensive English language training before starting the PYP program depending on the student’s score in the admission test.

The grades earned by students in the preparatory year courses are recorded in their transcripts together with the semester GPA and cumulative GPA. However, these grades are not considered in the calculation of the cumulative GPA in the undergraduate program. Students may be exempted from the preparatory year program if they prove proficiency in English and mathematics either by passing the promotion examinations or by submitting credentials. If a student passes only a part of the promotion examination (English, mathematics, or computer), the student will be partially promoted to the next academic level, but is required to fulfill any remaining preparatory year requirements during the same academic year.

Final Evaluation of the PYP Students

Student performance will be evaluated at the end of the preparatory year to determine those who have fulfilled the university preparatory year requirements. The performance of a student in all courses taken shall be considered in addition to the results of all exams taken at the end of the program. Levels of evaluation are classified below.

Fully Passing PYP

Any student may register for the first university academic level if he/she fulfills the following requirements:

  • Successfully completing all the preparatory year courses with the grades indicated hereunder;
  • D grade or above in the first and second level courses of English
  • D grade or above in the first and second level courses of mathematics (Those who would like to join Engineering, Computing, Interior Design or Architecture programs must earn a C grade or above in MATH002).

After completion of all preparatory year requirements, promotion of a student to the first university academic level takes place at the beginning of the following semester. The student may select any of the majors offered by the university, provided that the required criteria for that major are met.

Partially Passing PYP

If a preparatory year student passes only one of the required courses (either English or mathematics), then he/she will be eligible to study some of the first level general university courses, provided that he/she simultaneously fulfills the remaining preparatory year requirements during a single semester; otherwise he/she will be obliged to dedicate the time exclusively to the preparatory year.

Dismissal From PYP

The University has the right to dismiss a student from the preparatory year program if he/she either:

  • earns a DN grade consecutively in the same course
  • fails one of the preparatory year courses within a maximum of three regular semesters
  • could not complete the preparatory year program in four semesters or more

Required Grades for Passing PYP Courses

  • D grade or above in all PYP courses.
  • D grade or above in the PYP math courses, (Those who would like to join Computing , Engineering, Interior Design or Architecture programs must earn a C grade or above in MATH 002).
  • Passing the skills exam for the Interior Design or Architecture programs.

Pre-requisite courses for Law College

LAW 001: Legal terminology in English I
LAW 002: Legal terminology in English II

For more details click here to visit the College of Law

Pre-requisite courses for Humanities College

ENG 011: Preparatory Communication Skills I
ENG 012: Preparatory Communication Skills II

For more details click here to visit the College of Humanities

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Computer Program


The computer program in the preparatory year introduces students to ethical aspects of computer, information security and privacy, as well as to the two major elements of a computer system namely hardware and software. Moreover, the students get acquainted with productivity tools such as word processing programs, presentation software, spreadsheet software, and database software. They learn the required skills to use computers and to create, view and modify general office documents (documents, memos, letters, spreadsheets, presentations, databases, etc.). Regardless of their major, all students will be using some of these applications extensively during their college level studies. The computer courses are lab-based, and the learning is blended, combining traditional face-to-face classrooms and individual online study. The availability of numerous state-of-the-art laboratories and highly qualified faculty members make teaching and learning highly effective. The two computer courses contribute to the preparatory year program learning outcomes.


CMP011 – Computer Orientation I
CMP012 (PYP) – Computer Orientation II
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