With this, they completed their first year in higher education, a year in which they worked on academic skills, language skills, study choice, and personal development. This year 65 students started the program, 54 of which finished the year.
During the ceremony led by program administrator Kevin Richardson, students Stephany Lewis and Amanda Croes testified about the impact of the program on their personal development. They emphasized the growth and development that they experienced as students of the program, not only in terms of content and knowledge but also in their personal development in self-confidence and certainty about the choices they make.
Many participants in the program are still looking for their final study choice at the start. To this end, they are given the opportunity to participate in courses at the various faculties of the university and are also encouraged to follow internships and online education. Of the students who successfully completed the Academic Foundation Year, half remain for further studies at the UA in Aruba, the other half goes to Europe. Furthermore, a few continue to the United States and some students who already had a professional qualification chose to go to work.
The University of Aruba is proud of the results of the students and looks forward to the start of the fourth cohort of the Academic Foundation Year in August 2019.