Along with our traditional programs of study, WKU also offers an International Pathway to Academic Success (IPAS). The International Pathway to Academic Success program is designed to facilitate international student success in several ways: exclusive courses designed for first-year international students, dedicated faculty with a commitment to international student learning, co-curricular support such as tutoring and academic workshops, and enrichment experiences to introduce students to life and study in the United States. International Pathway to Academic Success participation is offered at no additional cost, and all courses will count toward a WKU degree for full academic credit. Enrollment in International Pathway to Academic Success will last for one or two semesters depending on the academic needs of each student.
As an International Pathway to Academic Success student, you will benefit from:
No delay in graduation - students enrolled in the IPAS are full-time students who earn a full year’s worth of academic credit towards their desired undergraduate degree;
Smaller classes – the low student-to-faculty ratio facilitates substantial interaction;
Exclusive courses – the unique International Pathway to Academic Success course programming provides both English language and academic skills support while fulfilling general education requirements;
Dedicated faculty – International Pathway to Academic Success courses are taught by WKU faculty with expertise in their content area, commitment to student learning, and interest in working with international students;
Extensive academic advising and student support – in addition to the academic and student support (e.g., academic advising, free tutoring, and career coaching) provided to all WKU students, International Pathway to Academic Success students receive personalized support from a dedicated International Pathway to Academic Success advisor;
Enrichment experiences – academic, linguistic, and cultural events and activities are provided to enrich and complement learning and student life at WKU.
International Pathway to Academic Success faculty and staff are here to provide you with academic, linguistic, and cultural support to help you thrive. Join the WKU Hilltopper family and climb with fellow international students in the WKU International Pathway to Academic Success Program!
COMM 145: Fundamentals of Public Speaking and Communication (3 credit hours)
COMM 145 –“Fundamentals of Public Speaking and Communication” is designed to increase your understanding of the principles and processes of communicating effectively in a variety of contexts and to facilitate the development of your skills in public communication, listening, group communication, and interpersonal communication. This is done through a combination of speaking, listening, writing, and reading assignments. COMM 145 is part of the Colonnade curriculum and fulfills the Human Communication requirement (Foundations category).
IDST 199: University Learning (3 credit hours)
For students to successfully navigate the rigors of college-level work, they must be proficient in their ability to read, write, listen, and speak. This class provides students with the knowledge and skillsets necessary to handle the workload they will encounter at WKU. This course fosters new and positive academic and behavioral habits while rectifying the ineffective and inefficient practices often espoused by students new to the college landscape. This is the primary focus of the course with particular emphasis on these changes as they relate to reading.
POP 201: Introduction to Popular Culture Studies (3 credit hours)
An interdisciplinary introduction to the major theories and subjects of the study of popular culture. The course offers a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to considering the producers, audiences, and meanings of the culture of everyday life in a variety of historical and cultural contexts.
ENG 100E/105: Introduction to College Writing and Supplemental Writing Lab (5 credit hours)
Emphasizes writing for a variety of rhetorical situations with attention to voice, audience, and purpose. Provides practice in development, organization, revision, and editing. Introduces research skills.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the average class size?
Smaller class sizes contribute to your success.
WKU International Pathway to Academic Success was built to ensure unique programming and support mechanisms so that students obtain the necessary academic skills for future success. A huge part of this is the low student-to-faculty ratio which facilitates substantial student-faculty interaction.
Should you be admitted to the program, you will be in classes with other international students. These classes are taught by WKU faculty members who are selected based on their experience and interest in working with international students.
What are the requirements to enter the program?
Required English Proficiency
IELTS: 5.5 or TOEFL (IBT): 61 or PTEA: 45
2.25 (4.0 scale)
Will my courses count towards graduation?
No delay in graduation!
Students are enrolled full-time and earn academic credit toward their desired degree while fulfilling general education requirements. Students who successfully complete the WKU International Pathway to Academic Success program will be eligible for admission to non-International Pathway to Academic Success WKU courses.
How long will I be in the program?
Program participation lasts one to two semesters depending on the academic needs of each student.
What is required for completion of the program?
In order to successfully complete the International Pathway to Academic Success Program, students must:
Earn a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA over the course of the program
Earn a minimum 2.0 GPA for each of the two terms in the program
Earn 24 credit hours
What terms do you accept for admission?
WKU International Pathway to Academic Success program operates on a rolling admission.
This means you may start the program in the Fall or Spring.
What does the International Pathway to Academic Success program cost?
WKU International Pathway to Academic Success does not have any additional associated fees.
There are no additional costs outside of international student tuition and fees.
Do you offer any International Pathway to Academic Success courses online?
Due to COVID-19, all spring 2021 International Pathway to Academic Success courses will be made available in an online format for students unable to travel to the US.
How many credit hours are required each semester?
12 hours per term is required.
Pathways students must be enrolled with a full-time course load.
Do you have any graduate program offerings?
WKU International Pathway to Academic Success is an undergraduate program.
At this time, there is not a graduate option.
How do I apply for the program?
A separate application is not required for admission. Students should submit a general application for admission to WKU online and if you are interested in enrolling in International Pathway to Academic Success, please contact us directly.