Many colleges and universities offer admission to students twice a year, for two different intakes – one intake usually starts at the end of August/early September and the other intake is in early January. So if you have not sent in applications for fall admission, you can still easily apply for the January 2019 intake.

International students have numerous options when it comes time to decide where and how they want to pursue their higher education abroad. Students need to consider different academic systems, school start dates, location, length of time to complete a degree, tuition and cost of living, grades, test results, English language proficiency and how ready they are to move abroad to a new place on their own. No matter what your decisions may be on these points, you can always find a college or university that suits your needs.

Community Colleges

Community College

You may want to begin your search with community colleges, or junior colleges. These institutions offer a two-year associate’s degree with the option to transfer the credits to a four-year university to complete a Bachelor’s Degree. Community colleges usually offer smaller class sizes and more personal attention than traditional four-year universities. The annual tuition for a community college is also considerably cheaper than a four-year college or university, making them a very cost-effective option for completing your higher education abroad.

One such community college is Green River College, located in the state of Washington in the United States. Green River offers students an amazing opportunity – once a student has gained admission, they also earn a conditional guaranteed admission to the four-year university of their choice from a list of 36 higher education institutions. The list includes:

  • American University
  • Arizona State University
  • Baylor University
  • California State University Northridge
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Indiana University
  • Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Portland State University
  • San Francisco State University
  • Seattle University
  • Temple University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California Irvine
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • University of North Texas
  • Washington State University

The average cost of tuition for this list of schools is USD 40,000 per year. Green River College, on the other hand, costs about USD 21,000 per year. So, if you attend Green River and then transfer to one of these four-year universities, you will save a lot of money on your way to completing your undergraduate education!

For more information on Green River College, click here.

Pathway Programs

Pathways

Pathway programs are made especially for international students and they consist of English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, skills-based learning and also courses that earn you credit toward your university degree. These programs propel students to successfully complete their academic degree by giving them a strong academic foundation and improved English language skills, along with increased self-confidence and the ability to better navigate new cultures and surroundings. The preparatory pathway programs usually last one academic year, and admission comes with at least one guaranteed conditional acceptance to a mainstream university program.      

Here is a list of some excellent universities that offer international students a January 2019 intake for pathway programs:

Traditional Colleges and Universities

Traditional University

If you have your heart set on the beginning and completing your university degree at one institution and have missed the fall 2018 deadlines, there are many traditional colleges and universities that offer a January 2019 academic start. Here are a few:

Deadlines for January 2019 Intake

College application deadlines vary from school to school, so it is important that you check each university’s website for the definitive dates. Make sure you research acceptance guidelines so to meet all the criteria and are familiar with their acceptance procedures. Keep in mind that some colleges accept students on a first come, first served basis so as a general rule, it is always better to submit your application earlier rather than later.

Good luck on your applications!

If you want to learn more about January intake, click here.