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.