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Global Freshman Certificate (Business)

18 months
6533 GBP/year
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 The Global Freshman Certificate @ Arden University is the world’s only globally recognized online first year undergraduate program. It is a better way to start your international education experience and allows you to finish your first year of university from your home country, with options to progress into second year at multiple destination Universities.


Business and commerce-based qualifications are the foundation for so many career options.

The GFC Business pathway equips you with a knowledge and understanding of the key business functions and how these interrelate.

After undertaking the GFC Business pathway you will be able to:

  • Develop students’ academic skills
  • Analyse and interpret management, people, marketing, and financial data.
  • Develop effective solutions and plans in response to a range of business demands.
  • Develop a range of general business and digital skills.
  • Develop an understanding of the contemporary business environment.
  • Explore the various ways by which a business may be innovative.

How does it work? 


  • You become a GFC student
  • Choose your Pathway (Business or Commerce)
  • Complete the 9 months of study online via Arden
  • Use to connect with representatives from member universities while studying
  • Decide where you want to go for 2nd year
  • Apply for and finalize your Member Uni of preference
  • Get ready to go!
  • The Global Freshman Year offers the chance for international students to successfully transition to higher education from their home countries. Students undertake subjects of study equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree.

    Once complete they use these credentials to transfer into second year at a partner education institution of their choice of 9 different countries.

    This placement is facilitated through and allows students and universities to communicate with each other during the GFC. 


    The GFC offers students entry into 2nd year of an undergraduate degree at a growing number of Member Universities.  It offers universities the chance to have a pool of qualified students they can offer admissions to and students the change to choose where they want to study.

    Students can choose from universities located in Australia, UK, US, NZ, Canada, Malaysia, Fiji and Singapore

    Programme Structure

    Core Modules:

    •  Module 001 Digital Learning and Academic Practice
    • Module 002: Principles of Mathematics
    • Once you’ve completed the two core modules the Business Pathway has 4 specialized modules, they are:
    • 101: Principles of Management
    • 102: Principles of Economics
    • 103: Marketing Fundamentals
    • 104: Business Accounting and Finance

    We offer you


    Complete your 1st year online with a schedule that suits you. Online delivery offers learning that works around you and your life.   We offer a way to balance your commitments and give you time to prepare for your study preference at one of our 150 member universities 


    We make first year affordable. not only with tuition fees, but when you study from home you save on food, accommodation, cost of living and travel expenses.  There are no additional costs aside from the university tuition fees and regulatory charges. We’ve set up GFC to be affordable and accessible.


    Freshman year without the stress

    We offer you the chance to complete your first year of undergraduate studies wherever you are.  Delivered by the UK’s leading online University, Arden University, the GFC  is a fully accredited first year course that you can complete from home.

    Want to be at home this year but start your University studies at an internationally recognised University (UK)? Need to be there for your family this year but don’t want to defer your academic progression? The GFC is perfect for you.


    Why Arden University?

    Arden is a global leader in university online content delivery . With over 25 years of experience and 22,000 students worldwide they have mastered the balance of online learning and student support.   

    Key information


    • Full-time
      • 18 months
    • Part-time
      • 18 months

    Start dates & application deadlines

    More details

    4 intakes per year


    • Semi-structured
    • Continuous support with feedback on request

    Academic requirements

    We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

    Other requirements

    General requirements

    • 1 A level + 1 A/S level or international equivalent (Included in the GFC International Matrix Qualifications)

    Tuition Fee

    To alway see correct tuition fees
    • International

      6533 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 9800 GBP for the full programme during 18 months.


    Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

    Our partners

    Global Freshman Certificate (Business)
    Arden University (Global Freshman Certificate)


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