Foundation programme

Purpose of the program

Foundation Programme is a design-led programme preparing students for Danish Bachelor in the Architectural Technology and Construction Management (ATCM) at University College of Northern Denmark (UCN). The course aims to develop English skills, study skills and also to prepare other specialist subjects students need to succeed in the ATCM programme.

For students who have not completed general upper secondary education, Foundation Year will provide excellent academic preparation for their undergraduate and ensure that they meet minimum English requirement for entry to the ATCM programme.


Foundation Year is one-year study duration with equivalent to 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) and is taught by our partner, HCMC University of Architecture. Upon successful completion of the course, students can apply for direct entry to Bachelor of Architectural Technology and Construction Management.

Number of credits: 60 (450 hours)

The three main courses:

  • Introduction to Architecture and Construction: 90 hours
  • English: 300 hours
  • Soft skills: 60 hours


The Foundation Programme includes two semester, starting from October and ending on June

Semester 1 : English and Soft skills
Semester 2: Introduction to Architecture and Construction; and working with UCN members in lectures, workshops

Teaching methods

  • Problem-based learning
  • Classroom organisation
  • Group work
  • Interdisciplinary projects which span the entire semester
  • The importance of making a “mistake”
  • Student awareness, sometimes the lecturer must be “hesitant” with answers.


Ms Uyen Nguyen
Staff – International Education Institution – UAH

+84 902 103 033



UCN Global Office

+84 93 355 52 44
Mr. Thanh Xuan Vu
Recruitment Coordinator

+84 902 309 126