University Pathway and Bridge Programs – Helping International Students Navigate Entry into US Universities


Are you planning to study English in order to transition to a university program afterward? If so, it may be worthwhile to attend an ESL program that offers conditional admissions to its host university, or a private ESL school that partners with universities. Similarly, those interested in getting ahead in their studies and taking academic courses while simultaneously strengthening their English skills should look out for schools offering Pathway or Bridge programs.

The majority of universities and colleges in the United States offer conditional admission to students upon satisfactory completion of their ESL program in addition to meeting the other general requirements of admissions at each school. Students do not need a TOEFL or IELTS score to apply for conditional admission.

Colleges and Universities Offering Conditional Admission:

University of Illinois - Springfield

University of North Carolina (UNC Charlotte)


The Language Connection - St. John's University

University of Nevada, Reno

Rowan University (English Language Programs)

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

SUNY - New Paltz Haggerty English Language Program

University of Miami

University of Pittsburgh

Virginia Commonwealth University

Pierce College, IEP

California State University, Northridge - Intensive English Program

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs - English Language Center

Murray State University ESL/Institute for International Studies

Educational and Cultural Interactions, Inc. (ECI): 95% of students are accepted by university after the program

University of North Carolina, Wilmington

Wilkes University

Harcum College

Duquesne University

St. Mary’s College

University of Findlay

Institutions Where Students Can Take College/University Courses Concurrently with the ESL Program:

Arcadia University

Lawrence Tech University

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Boise State University

The American Language Institute (ALI) at IUP

Bridge English

Central Michigan University, English Language Institute

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Institutions Offering University Pathway Programs:

LADO International Institute

California State University, Northridge

University of Memphis

Clark University

Pacific International Academy

Mission College (Institute for International Studies)

ILSC has a nationwide Pathway program and offers conditional admission agreements with partner universities across the country (more than 74 graduate programs in the US have admissions agreements with ILSC).


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