Popular Programs

A Pathway program is a one-year introduction to a full degree curriculum and prepares students for their entry into university. These programs train students in a wide variety of subjects such as Arts, Humanities, Business, Biological and Life Sciences, Engineering, Technology, Natural Sciences and even more. Besides, Pathway programs help international students develop their fluency in speaking and writing English while completing selected credit-bearing academic classes. The plans are generally geared toward students who don’t have the appropriate English language test scores to gain admission through traditional routes. The variety of different pathway programs can be overwhelming - don't let it stop you! Start your search by looking at the most popular Pathways listed below.

Newly added Pathway Programs

University of Portsmouth - International College Portsmouth

Undergraduate Pathway in Business and Management

July 3, 2018
Foundation or International First Year Degree entry

Riphah International University

International Year One

June 20, 2018
The International Year One (IYOne) is a credit-bearing qualification that enables you to enter the second year of an undergraduate degree at an NCUK university. You can study actual UK Year One at Islamabad Centre after BSc, Cambridge, IB, AP or equivalent qualification with Guarantee Placement in any of NCUK partner Universities.

Trent University

Trent-ESL - English for University

July 12, 2018
Trent-ESL is an English for Academic Purposes program designed to meet the needs of international students who require English proficiency in order to progress into an academic post-secondary program at Trent University or beyond.

What is a Pathway Program

What are pathway programs?
What are pathway programs? Several educational institutions around the world offer pathways to help international students complete selected credit-bearing academic classes to be admissible in a university level degree. Often, students also develop their fluency in speaking and writing English or the country's teaching language. The curriculum is generally geared toward students who don’t have the appropriate English language test scores to gain admission through traditional routes. Besides, some programs offer a select group of classes for students who need a low-cost option to return to college or begin taking classes. In some cases, earned credits may be transferred toward an online certificate or a degree through the sponsoring school. The classwork tends to run for one academic school year. These programs are often the result of a collaboration between the sponsoring school and a financial backer, such as the third-party owner of the INTO option.

What are the benefits of taking pathway programs?
Why are pathways programs important? These foundational options provide solutions to some of the problems facing by students who struggle to obtain access to higher education. For example, the pathway programs may bridge a readiness gap for some students, by providing language and culture instruction for students with English as a second language. Such plans also make it possible for individuals from many sectors to enter a university. A professional, for example, may be able to complete a light course load of academic subjects that reinforce skills for a career advancement. These assistive options increase students’ confidence in completing the work and carrying the workload common in university programs by enhancing the writing, communication, and time management skills necessary to succeed in higher education.

What kind of career can you expect with pathway programs?
Pathway programs are designed to help students prepare for the rigor and expense of higher education schooling, making up a foundation year from which students can progress into a specific university degree program. Once that course of study has been completed, if the student continues to earn an undergraduate degree, this may open the doors to many careers. For example, a four-year degree is often required to become an elementary school teacher or a sales manager. Other high-paying careers available to those with bachelor’s degrees range from business directors to computer programmers to graphic designers.

When to get pathway programs?
Students generally take these programs as a precursor to or at the beginning of their undergraduate studies, following secondary education. How many years are pathway programs? It typically takes three terms for students to reach the end of their courses. In some schools, this means attending classes for three semesters, though the number of semesters or quarters vary based on the school and country. Once the classes are successfully completed, students should be ready to progress into the second year of their chosen degree path.

Where to take pathway programs?
Pathways are relatively new to higher education, but there are foundational options popping up in the US, in the UK, in Australia, and all over the world. The collections of classes are often used by universities to increase the enrollment of international students. This is good news for students who want to attend a school outside of their own country, especially if they have some grasp of the English language and could benefit from some additional language support. Much of the work to be completed for pathway programs is available online. Students might need to have consistent access to a computer and the internet to complete the coursework.

How much does it cost to take a pathway program?
The total cost of participation in a pathway program varies based on the school and the country. Some students may find that their ability to complete the necessary classes can also be affected by the cost of other incidental fees.

What subjects are available in a pathway program?
As foundation curriculum, pathway courses generally include basic writing, an introduction to personal finances, science, music, and/or some life-skills classes. This may vary depending on the school. Some universities, for example, may include courses in educational aptitudes, such as note-taking and typing or computer use. Once the courses have been completed, students may apply to attend a four-year degree path and transfer their foundational certificate as the first year of that series of classes.

What type of assessments are there for pathway programs?
To successfully complete pathway programs, students generally have to accomplish a variety of tasks. These may include attending a specific number of in-person gatherings or online classes. Of course, students should also plan to complete assigned coursework and earn passing grades on exams as the courses progress. Each plan may have assessments tailored to fit the coursework, based on the school and the sponsor.

How do pathway programs compare to other degrees?
Pathways are often considered foundational curriculum plans. These course series may be compared to undergraduate certificate programs, preparatory programs, or foundation years. For example, a student may earn an undergraduate business management certificate through an online school to begin college-level courses. These online certificate courses often include digital lessons and textbooks, and class support is generally available online or through email. Another way students use preparatory and foundation programs is to develop the skills necessary to obtain work or advance in competitive study paths. Most of the pathway programs provide general studies in writing, math, and other foundation subjects, but some pathway courses are sometimes specific to a certain field of study, such as accounting or political science. The first year of associate degree classwork tends to include general education courses, but by the second year, courses are more specific to the relevant degree. An Associate of Arts in Business and Management typically delves into courses such as economics and business best practices, while an Associate of Science in Nursing provides medical knowledge. This type of specialization doesn’t happen in foundational pathway programs, but rather the pathway will preprare the student to enroll into an Associate Degree.

How to apply to pathway programs?
Research the available pathway programs offered around the world to identify the most appropriate one for you. Once you have that information, contact the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the information form directly on the school profile.