For international students who are thinking about studying in the US, but worry that their English language skills aren’t strong enough, pathway programs, also known as bridge programs, are a good option. Read on to learn more about pathway programs for international students.
What is a Pathway Program?
A pathway program allows international students who want to study in the US to take English as a second language (ESL) courses while also taking courses that will count as credits toward their degree. These programs last about a year and generally offer “conditional acceptance” to the college or university they are affiliated with. This means that students who finish the program with acceptable English language skills and a high enough GPA are automatically accepted into the affiliate school.
Pathway programs are especially useful for international students who want to study in the US, but don’t yet have the English language skills they need to score well on the English language standardized tests that are required for US colleges and universities.
There are a number of reasons that international students might consider enrolling in a pathway program before moving on to a college or university. If you are wondering if a pathway program is the best option for you, read on to learn about the benefits that pathway programs have to offer.
Once you’ve decided to attend a pathway program, the next step is to choose the program that you want to attend. Read on to learn what questions to ask when choosing the pathway program that best suits you.