Pathway Programs to Consider
If you’ve decided that a pathway program is the best course for you, the next step is to choose which pathway program you want to attend. There are a number of excellent pathway programs throughout the US, in every region of the country. We’ve put together a list that includes a couple of pathway programs to consider within each region of the US.
The ASU-USA pathways program at Arizona State University combines English language and academic skills training with academic coursework. Students enrolled in this program learn the concepts of academic coursework while also focusing on vocabulary and English language skills to improve their academic performance. Students begin the program in either the Fall or Spring semester, and the program consists of three semesters total. After completing the ASU-USA pathways program, students with a 2.5 GPA or higher are guaranteed admission into select degree programs as sophomores. If needed, students can also transfer their academic credits to other universities in the US.
University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
The Sooner Jump Start (SJS) program at OU is a pathway program designed to help international students transition to study in the United States. The program consists of two phases. During phase one students study in an intensive English program at the OU Center for English as a Second Language (CESL). Students take courses in reading, writing, listening and speaking, grammar, and seminars that include TOEFL test prep. Once students complete the English proficiency requirement at the end of phase one, they begin phase two and are enrolled in 12 credit hours of OU coursework. The students meet in small classes, which allow plenty of opportunities for individualized assistance from their instructors. These credits become part of the students’ permanent OU college transcript.
Auburn University’s undergraduate admissions process for international students takes “pathway” to new heights. How? It’s simple. You make one application directly to the university, and receive an offer to the program that best suits your academic and English language qualifications, whether that’s direct admission to Auburn, an Auburn Global accelerator program, or pre-sessional English. Whatever your point of entry, you will receive best-in-class support services, including a streamlined application process and extensive pre-arrival support, and access exclusive career programs, cultural events and experiences that ensure success in and out of the classroom.
Louisiana State University - Global Pathway touts an International Student Association (ISA) that organizes various programs and activities including social activities like International Fusion which includes cultural music, dance, and exhibition wherein students from over 100 countries join together. Through these events, ISA promotes understanding between the international community and the larger Baton Rouge community.
For international students, the move from high school in your home country to a university in the United States can be challenging—a new language, new ways of learning, and a new home. FIU’s Global First Year programs ease this transition by combining credit-bearing courses from the first year of your degree with additional support services, instruction tailored to your academic and language level, and cultural experiences, helping ensure your future success.
Maryville College's English as a Second Language (ESL) Pathway Program supports international students in their efforts to improve their English language skills while earning credit toward graduation. Students in the pathway program benefit from:
- Advising services to plan your course of study toward graduation
- Placement into college courses, depending on English proficiency score, that prepare you for the academic rigor of an American university
- Period of adjustment in the United States and its academic system
- Inclusion in a diverse community of international students from over 25 countries
- Cultural programming and trips
- Placement with a local host family if desired
- Active, residential campus that immerses internationals with American students, staff and faculty
- Full access to Maryville College's resources and facilities, such as the library, computer labs, Academic Support Center and Writing Center
It is recommended that students who know or suspect they need further English language training, make plans to attend the ESL program during the summer prior to their desired college start date.
The University of Kansas - Academic Accelerator (KU) welcomes students from around the world. Over 2000 international students from more than 100 countries study at KU. International Support Services provides a wide range of services and programs to help international students adjust to cultural life in Lawrence, Kansas. An experienced immigration advising staff helps to answer questions and process paperwork international students need.
There are many reasons why international students choose to study at the University of Dayton. As a medium-sized city with 140,000 people, Dayton offers culture and community without the overwhelming nature of a big city. A center for technology, the city is a magnet for engineering and home to corporations such as Taylor Communications and LexisNexis. Just a short distance from campus, downtown Dayton is a thriving hub for the arts, along with delicious culinary delights. With its central location, Dayton University also allows students to easily access other interesting cities and states in the U.S.
The University of Dayton makes the transition to studying in the US easy. By offering support through the application and admission process as well as programs for English language support, students adjust to life in the U.S. with the help of on-campus staff.
The Undergraduate Accelerator Program at American University is the ultimate international student experience at one of the nation’s top universities (#69 National Universities, U.S. News and World Report). Adjusting to college life in the U.S. can be challenging but American University works to make your transition as easy and productive as possible. The Undergraduate Accelerator at American University is a one-year program that sets you up for success with academic, English language, cultural support, college credit towards your university degree, and access to exclusive courses and cultural events.
Located in Garden City, New York, Adelphi University is just a short train ride away from the heart of bustling New York City. Students at Adelphi enjoy the sprawling 3,000 acre campus, while having the the city life within reach. A free shuttle service to local train and bus stations ensure access to city locations and beyond.
A great location isn’t all Adelphi University has to offer; the school boasts a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio, more than 50 academic programs of study, and were even recognized by Money magazine for excellence in Educational Quality, Affordability, and Alumni Earnings. They offer English language programs for those that need additional support, while on-campus staff helps students adjust to U.S. culture.
The Office of Global Programs at UMass Boston is dedicated to international education and engagement, encouraging students to explore new horizons and embrace an increasingly diverse yet interdependent world. The program supports students in helping them become a global citizen eager to experience international cultures, questions, and concerns in an effort to forge new global connections among people.
How to Choose a Pathway Program
Like when choosing a college or university, there are a number of factors to consider when choosing a pathway program. Perhaps the most important question to ask is whether or not the program offers guaranteed or conditional acceptance to a college or university upon completion. You will also want to look at pathway programs that are associated with colleges and universities you are interested in studying at after your pathway program completion.
Additionally, location and size are key. Are you interested in studying in the northeast, or do you have your heart set on the south? Would you prefer a campus in a rural, urban, or suburban area? Are you looking for a large or small campus?
Some pathway programs specify which degree programs international students can enter, so if you have a specific degree in mind, you’ll want to research the pathway program to make sure the degree you want to pursue is possible to obtain. You’ll also want to do some research to find out what other kind of academic services the program has to offer. Are you required to take an English language test before you complete the program? If so, does the program offer preparation courses for students getting ready to take the test? Will advisors available to help you adjust to university life in the US? It is important to do your research to find a pathway program that best fits your needs.
If you would rather pursue a pathway program in Canada a good place to start is with Queen's University School of English . Located in Kingston, Ontario students are able to explore Canada while improving their English and being immersed in a true Canadian university experience.