University Pathway Programs

Pathways Programs Promote Access to US Universities

International students looking to study in the US often experience a variety of feelings – hope and excitement for the opportunity to learn at a traditional American university as well as some anxiety and concern when it comes to taking the TOEFL exam. The TOEFL exam is the standardized test used internationally to measure English language ability, which is often required for university admission.

Recently, many American universities have shown an eagerness to better support learning opportunities for international students by creating more conditional admission and pathway options for students lacking in English language proficiency.

Many universities with well-regarded, accredited language institutes have had conditional acceptance for some time, but the scope and variety of these programs has grown significantly in recent years.

An increasing number of schools are creating Pathway programs through which students can enroll concurrently in ESL and academic courses. This pathway approach provides talented and capable international students a direct route into university classrooms and continues to grow in popularity across many institutions.

Take a look at some of the pathways programs which promote access to US universities:

Sonoma State American Language Institute (SSALI)

California State University, Sonoma

University Pathways is designed for students who want to continue their education beyond English studies. The Sonoma State American Language Institute (SSALI) offers a TOEFL waiver program for Sonoma State University (SSU) and Santa Rosa Junior College admission, conditional admission to SSU, as well as concurrent enrollment.

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University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

University Pathway English courses have created a bridge program that provides an excellent opportunity for students who wish to further their studies. After graduating from the program, students can then transfer to the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa or other universities.

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Towson University

English Language Center (ELC) offers English for academic purposes. Students who earn a grade B or better in all ELC advanced level 4 courses, receive a direct pathway to Towson University without having to take the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE.

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Lewis & Clark

Lewis & Clarks’ English program offers full-time instruction for low, intermediate and advanced English language students and up to 24 undergraduate elective credits may be applied toward a bachelor’s degree. ESL courses closely approximate undergraduate courses in teaching style, content, and expectations.

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Boston School of Modern Languages

Offers year-round intensive and semi-intensive English language programs. BSML is a top choice for students seeking a Pathway program to transition to an American high school, college, or university.

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University of Missouri

Center for English Language Learning (CELL) is designed to provide individuals with the English language skills necessary to successfully study for an academic degree at a college or university in the US.

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College of the Desert

The International Education Program (IEP) at COD helps students achieve their educational goals by providing a program of comprehensive English language learning support services.

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Wisconsin ESL Institute

Because of WESLI’s excellent reputation for academic English preparation, more than 40 universities and colleges in the Midwest accept a WESLI Recommendation in place of a TOEFL score.

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South Dakota State University

Intensive ESL Program is designed to prepare non-native speakers of English to fulfill their English language requirement for admission into a college or university in the US.

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University of North Carolina at Charlotte

UNC Charlotte’s English Language Training Institute (ELTI) curriculum is intended for students preparing for undergraduate and graduate studies in the US and focuses on English language acquisition as well as understanding the expectations of the US academic system.

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Eastern Washington University

The English Language Institute offers conditional admission with no TOEFL score requirement. University credit is available for advanced-level classes for students who have been conditionally admitted. After successfully completing classes at the English Language Institute, students can take regular EWU undergraduate university courses.

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Empire State English

Empire State English’s Intensive English Program (IEP) prepares students for academic study. Students can obtain conditional admission through a local partner college before beginning their English classes. You may also choose to add elective courses to further prepare you for your college studies.

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