Do you want to study for an undergraduate degree in the United States but need to improve English language skills or test scores? A Pathway program provides academic, language and cultural support in order to succeed at a US university. Students are guaranteed progression to an undergraduate degree program through curriculum consisting of credit-earning courses. We provide full integration with domestic and international students on campus from highly trained university instructors and tutors while giving you academic support throughout the program.

Career Paths

As a graduate of a undergraduate degree program in the sciences at USF, you might find work as a:

  • Athletic trainer
  • Biologist
  • Chemist
  • Geologist
  • Marine biologist
  • Mathematician
  • Nurse
  • Physicist
  • Statistician




  • 120 credit hour program
  • 32 credit hours apply from Pathway
  • 88 credit hours remaining towards degree

Semester 1

  • English for International Students I
  • Academic Foundations*
  • 20th Century American Culture
  • Life Science Calculus I

Semester 2

  • English for International Students II
  • American History I
  • General Chemistry I**
  • General Chemistry I Lab**
  • Life Science Calculus II



  • 120 credit hour program
  • 16 credit hours apply from Pathway
  • 104 credit hours remaining towards degree

Semester 1

  • Academic Foundations*
  • 20th Century American Culture
  • Composition I
  • Life Science Calculus I
  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry I Lab*

*Offered for students beginning in Fall or Spring.

**Offered for students beginning in Fall or Summer.


Our new 3-Semester Pathway program is designed specially for international students who want to start earning credits toward their bachelor's degree at a US university. This program offers more focus on English language preparation than our other Pathway programs. The chart below is a sample course schedule for the first term of the 3-Semester Pathway program.


  • 3 credit hours apply from Pathway

Semester 1

  • Listening and Speaking for International Students
  • Grammar for International Students
  • Essential AE Skills for International Students
  • College Algebra

What are the progression requirements to the university's undergraduate degree program?

After successfully completing the Pathway program, you are guaranteed to enter your next semester of study. This transition to university from an INTO program is called progression. You must meet the following University of South Florida Pathway Progression criteria in order to progress:

  • 2.5+ USF GPA
  • No “U” grade in a class
  • No “W” or “I” grade in a class
  • Grade of “C” or better in all classes
  • You are fully admitted to USF provided successful completion of provisional admission criteria at the end of the Pathway
  • SAT or ACT on record but no minimum scores required

What are my degree options after completing the INTO Pathway?

The INTO USF Undergraduate Pathway in Science leads to the second year of study of various science majors and pre-medical majors at the University of South Florida, including:

College of Arts and Sciences College of Arts and Sciences (cont.)

  • Biology, BS
  • Biomedical Sciences, BS
  • Cell & Molecular Biology, BS
  • Chemistry, BA/BS
  • Environmental Biology, BS
  • Environmental Microbiology, BS
  • Environmental Science & Policy, BS
  • Geology, BA, BS
  • Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences, BS
  • Marine Biology, BS
  • Mathematics, General, BA
  • Medical Technology, BS
  • Microbiology, BS
  • Physics, BA/BS
  • Statistics, BA

College of Nursing College of Public Health

  • Nursing/Registered Nurse, BS
  • Public Health, BS
  • Health Sciences, BS
  • Behavioral Healthcare, BS

About the College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences prepares students for successful personal and professional lives. By conducting innovative interdisciplinary research and scholarship, we advance knowledge in ways that prepare students to address vexing social problems and enhance quality of life for people and communities.

About the College of Nursing

We are committed to improving the health and well-being of all people by anticipating and responding to changing professional, social, technical and economic demands. USF's affiliations with area hospitals, including Tampa General, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Shriners Children's Hospital, make it the center of the region's medical research. Nursing students will have opportunities for clinical experiences in specialized areas such as pediatrics and gerontology.

About the College of Public Health

We are fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and have graduated more than 2,000 students. More than 91 faculty provide education, research and service impacting local, state, national and global public health. The curriculum features cooperative learning, research, problem solving, and field experience so that faculty and students together contribute to pursuits essential to the health of human society.

Key course facts

Course length: 1-3 semesters

Start dates: January, May, August

Fees: 2017-18: $14,080 (1-Semester Pathway), $24,480 (2-Semester Pathway), $32,190 (3-Semester Pathway)

Entry requirements

Age: No minimum age but must have proof of high school graduation

Academic: High school diploma with equivalent of 2.5+ GPA

English language: 3-Semester Pathway: TOEFL iBT 50 (10 subscores), IELTS 5.0 (4.5 subscores), PTEA 41+ or Password Test Level 5

2-Semester Pathway: TOEFL iBT 60-78, IELTS 5.5-6.0, PTEA 44-52, completion of Academic English Level 4 or Password Test Level 6

1-Semester Pathway: TOEFL iBT 79+, IELTS 6.5+, PTEA 53+

Don't meet the entry requirements? We also offer an Academic English course.

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