Foundation Year Program

University of Puthisastra (UP) offers one of the most effective Foundation Year Programs in Professional Health Education in Cambodia. It builds a rock solid foundation to prepare you for Bachelor degree studies leading to a career in:

  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy or
  • Information and Communication technologies

The Foundation Year at UP is an immersive, integrated and holistic learning experience with innovative learning and modern student centric models including online coursework, project and work integrated education, and dynamic, interactive and creative workshops.

You will enjoy an intuitive and comfortable study environment, where Foundation Year staff take care of your learning experience with a clear and definitive pathway to a connected career. Our approach is simple; we empower you with the requisite scientific knowledge that is both hands-on and engaging. Providing not only strong foundational knowledge for future years but also a very important key ability – learning how to learn effectively

We also include Intensive English tuition in foundation year because we recognize that English is the International language of Health and Technology and importantly the international language of success.

UP’s Foundation Year Program is developed using a well thought out combination of tested teaching methods and emerging instructional and learning technologies, offering:

  • Embedded Intensive English language learning throughout the Foundation Year which continues to the senior years of study, in a deliberate process that substantially increases your employment and professional opportunities, versatility and career mobility.
  • Intensive Computer skills to develop your professional competence in the use of rapidly-changing technological world.
  • Focused research skills to your develop critical and analytical thinking. You are trained to become senior professionals and industry leaders.
  • International exchanges to broaden your cultural perspective, experience, and collaborative network.
  • Inter- and intra-country Missions to connect with the healthcare landscape of your areas of specialization.
  • Teams of highly professional, helpful and accessible teaching staff, in smaller classes, delivering a blend of emerging and established learning and teaching methods and techniques.

Your Foundation Year at UP provides you with an education that equips you for your further studies in any of our Health Science and ICT specializations.


Satisfactory completion of our Foundation Year means that you can continue with your Bachelor degree studies in

Health Science Faculties
  • Bachelor Degree in Pharmacy
  • Medical Doctor in General Medicine
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Doctor of Dental Medicine
Program Components For Health Science
  • Semester I: 20 credit hours
  • Semester II: 20.5 credit hours
Faculty of Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
Program Components For ICT
  • Semester I: 23.5 credit hours
  • Semester II: 20 credit hours
Team Members

Ms. Sundas Waheed, M.A.
Director of Foundation Year
Tel: (+855) 96 2160 095


Ms. Saut Sopheak Panha, M.A.
Foundation Year Coordinator
Tel: (+855) 17 444 258


By the end of the second semester, you will have completed

  • Information Technology: 43.5 credits
  • Health Science: 40.5 credits
NoCourses: Year 1 Semester 1 2019-2020Credit
1Academic Skills Development4
2Khmer History and Culture Research Methodology I2
3Chemistry, Physics3
4English I7
7Intro to Entrepreneurship (Elective Course)3
NoCourses: Year 1 Semester 2 2019-2020Credit
1Khmer History and Culture (Research Methodology) II3
2English II8
5English Medical Terminology3
7FirstAid Course1.5

Class Information

    • Class Hours: 8:50 AM to 3:30 PM
Key Facts
Foundation Program length2 Semesters (1 academic year)
Academic requirementsHealth Sciences

Satisfactory completion on the high School Diploma

Pass in Math, Biology, Chemistry

Pass on the National Entrance Exam by the National the Committee

Information Technology

Satisfactory completion on the high School Diploma

Pass in Math, Physics, English

Pass on National Entrance Exam by the National Committee

Pass on the Internal UP Entrance Examination (An average score of 65%)


We are committed to helping talented and ambitious students like you to achieve your goals of studying in our Health-Science and Information Technology programs. We award scholarships to qualified students typically between 25% and 75% per year.

Course Progression

The Foundation Year Program leads to the following degrees:

  • Medical Doctor in General Medicine
  • Doctor of Dental Medicine
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing – BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

Assessment Method

The Foundation Year Program includes regular assessments throughout the semester to ensure your progress. Successful completion of your exam at the end of each semester means that you continue the program. Our assessment practices align with the International standards, and include:

  • Project work
  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Practicals
  • Exercises
  • Group and individual research projects
  • Portfolios
  • Presentations
  • Seminar discussions
  • Class tests
  • Unseen examination and
  • Problem solving exercises

What do I need to Progress?

To progress to the next semester, You need to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 or 60% to pass and pass at a minimum of:

  • For Health Science: 32 Credits in any combination
  • For ICT: 35 credits in any combination