The best ways for international students to prepare for a bachelor's or master's degree is through a Pathway Program. Even though these programs aren’t as widely known to students, they offer incredible benefits that can help you prepare for bachelor's and master's admissions. Many of the perks of a Pathway Program revolve around making sure you meet the academic requirements you’ll need for your bachelor studies. They help you settle into life in a new country and a new learning environment.

Most Pathway Programs offer basic courses in English, math, science, and writing. These classes ensure that as a new student, you’ll be in the absolute best position to pursue higher-level academic classes in the future. Even better, many programs include classes on local history and culture to give international students all of the tools and knowledge needed to succeed at university.

Pathway Programs offer three major benefits to students:

  • Improve their test scores and GPA.
  • Create a support network to help students adapt to university life.
  • Improve English language skills.

Pathway programs provide a better experience for international students. These programs have a strong track record of success and can help you improve test scores and be more likely to get accepted into the bachelor program of your dreams.

Interested in a pathway program in the United States? Search all of our pathway programs here. Or, review some of our more popular pathway programs below:

University of South Florida


University of South Florida (USF) is ranked 9th in the US among public universities, and it is also ranked among the top 50 universities in the country, public or private, for research expenditures. USF's reputation as a top research university is a major draw for both bachelor's and master's students who are encouraged to utilize its research facilities and engage with renowned faculty members. USF is located in Tampa, Florida where the weather year-round is sunny, warm, and welcoming.

If you want to find out more about the Pathway program at USF, click here.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham


The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is an internationally acclaimed public research university and academic health center. International students at UAB come from over 95 different countries and The Princeton Review consistently ranks UAB as one of the most diverse campuses in the United States.

Interested in UAB’s Pathway Program? Check out its profile on SchoolApply by clicking here.

Saint Louis University


Saint Louis University (SLU) is one of the oldest Catholic universities in the United States and home to over 12,000 students from all 50 states and 77 different countries. This prestigious school is located in the great state of Missouri and is widely recognized as a character-building college with a strong emphasis on community service. According to the U.S. News & World Report, SLU has 21 master's and bachelor's programs that rank among the top 100 in the country.

Read more about this renowned university on its SchoolApply profile page and apply to one of its many reputable Pathway programs.

Oregon State University


Oregon State University (OSU) is a comprehensive public research university with campuses in the towns of Corvallis and Bend, Oregon. The Princeton Review ranked OSU in the top 125 colleges in the western United States, and Forbes marked Corvallis as the 4th best college town in the nation.

OSU offers numerous Pathway programs to international students - to find out more, click here.

Marshall University


Marshall University (MU) is a public higher education institution located in the small town of Huntington, West Virginia. MU boasts small class sizes with a student to faculty ratio of 19 to 1 where professors really get to know each individual student and are able to initiate productive class discussions and debates.

If you wish to apply to a Pathway program at Marshall University, click here to find out more and submit an application today!

George Mason University


George Mason University (GMU) is a public university based in Fairfax, Virginia, and it is the largest public research university in the state. Over 130 different countries are represented in GMU’s student body of 34,000 students, making for a diverse and vibrant academic and social environment for all students.

Click here to find out more about George Mason University’s Pathway program for international students.

Drew University


Drew University is a liberal arts university located in the beautiful town of Madison, New Jersey, just 30 miles (or about 30 minutes) away from New York City. The city of Madison has been ranked as one of the safest in the country and it offers beautiful landscapes amongst rolling foothills. Drew University is composed of the College of Liberal Arts, the Drew Theological School, and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies.

Read more about Drew University’s Pathway Program by checking out their profile on SchoolApply.

Colorado State University


Colorado State University (CSU) is a public university in Fort Collins, Colorado - about an hour drive from Denver. CSU has a dedicated international student team that is on hand to guide you throughout your journey in the US and at CSU. With the Rocky Mountains as the university’s backdrop, an excellent public transportation system, and a friendly local community, CSU is a welcoming university for overseas students.

Apply now to CSU’s Pathway Program - click here to find out more information.