Sahring stories is at the SSUs desire to understand where others are coming from
The Red Room is at the heart of community life at SSU
Students enjoy life together, on a boat

Find your feet, feel at home.

The first year at SSU is a time to adjust and orientate to community living and degree-level studies. For many students it’s their first time away from home; our aim is to provide a supportive community environment in which each student can exercise their independence whilst feeling ‘at home’ in Park Hall.

The Foundation Year is the name we give to the first year of all our undergrad degrees. Courses are designed to introduce you to several different subjects and ideas, which we believe is important before you decide on your major. A series of integrated workshops supplement these courses, inspiring the attitudes and values that prepare you for a successful start in your studies and your life in the SSU community. Upon successful completion of at least eight courses, you can then go into the second year of either SSU’s Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of International Studies (BIS) programs.


Join us in our Foundation Year program and you will:

  • discover more about your interests and passions
  • develop strong reading, writing, and research skills
  • learn in an atmosphere of dialogue and respect, in which the big questions of meaning and relationships are valued and integrated
  • understand the distinctives of the different disciplines and the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach
  • be introduced to SSU’s values of community engagement and innovation as we develop a life of “justice, beauty and compassion”
  • learn together in a community of friends and professors
  • continue directly into a full SSU BA or BIS degree program