Choosing The Right Pathway Program
Once you’ve decided that you want to study at a pathway program in the US, the next step is to choose the pathway program you want to attend. This is a particularly important choice, as it may determine where you will ultimately complete your degree in the US.
What Are You Planning to Study?
Are you getting your bachelor’s degree in literature, or are you coming to the US for medical school? Your requirements for a pathway program will be very different depending on your level of study and the subjects you want to study. If you’re coming to the US as an undergraduate, most pathway programs are designed for you. However, if you are seeking a graduate or specialized degree, you’ll need to find a program that suits those needs.
Do Your Research
It’s important to research each pathway program you’re considering applying to. Many colleges with pathway programs offer conditional acceptance to international students who complete the program. This means that if you complete your pathway program with a satisfactory GPA, you will be automatically accepted into the college or university without having to reapply. If this is your plan, you’ll need to make sure that the school is one you can see yourself at for the next five years. Important things to keep in mind are:
Location: Where in the US do you want to study? Do you want to live in a rural, urban, or suburban area? Our State Guides can help you learn more about each US state.
Size: Colleges in the US come in all sizes. Are you interested in a small campus with a small student/teacher ratio, or a large campus with a wide selection of activities?
Cost: Higher education in the US is expensive, so it’s important to be aware of how much you can expect to pay for your education. Find out if you qualify for financial aid, scholarships, loans or work study programs.
Maybe you already know where you want to go to school, but your dream school doesn’t offer a pathway program. Have no fear: some pathway programs in the US offer personal college admissions advising. This means that as you’re preparing to finish your pathway program, the school will help you apply to the schools of your choice. Make sure you research what kind of career and academic services each pathway program offers.
Pathway Programs to Consider
There are a variety of pathway programs throughout the United States that you will want to consider. Each program will offer its own benefits and unique style, exploring the varying programs will allow you to find one that meets your needs; for example, your chosen pathway program should provide you with the desired amount of guidance from advisors, be in a location where you want to study, and offer the degree program you want to pursue after completing the pathway program.
To help you get started on your search, here are a few pathway programs to consider. No matter which region in the US you want to study, you have at least two programs to explore.