Many students around the world sit for all their achievement tests and complete their final year of high school in their home country with the aspiration of studying for a higher degree in the United States. Sometimes, however, test results and final class grades may fall short of the recommended scores reported for their university of choice.

This is where INTO Pathway Programs make a difference in the lives of international students across the globe. INTO is a private organisation that develops partnerships with schools from around the world, including the US. It offers “Pathway Programs” to overseas students who need some extra help in their school subjects, especially English. INTO Pathway Programs help transition students through the rigors and challenges of cultural integration and a “regular” undergraduate or graduate university curriculum.

INTO Pathway Programs allow students to earn credits towards their Bachelor's or Master's degree while improving their academic and English language skills.

Diversity, Variety, and Opportunity Beckon From the US

With 21 million students enrolled in over 4,000 degree-granting institutions in the United States, the sheer numbers alone are impressive. Now consider that they also have some of the very best colleges and universities in the world and it’s no wonder why the US is the number one destination for international students pursuing their higher education.

The US is comprised of 50 different states, each of which has its own culture, landscape, weather, and even accents. Prospective overseas students are spoiled for choice when applying to university in the United States and can easily find programs and degrees that complement and support their academic goals.

The US is a large nation with an incredibly diverse population – millions of people from all around the world have made their home there, and with them came their native food, language, music, art and traditions. America is a quintessential ‘melting pot’, or ‘mosaic’, of people, culture and thinking, making it an ideal location for international students to finish their studies.

Receive One of the Best Educations in the World

The United States’ education system consistently remains at the top of the world rankings, ensuring that international students achieve academic excellence, no matter what they are studying. Nowadays university courses in the US are more collaborative and interactive than most places. True to this aspect of university life in the US, professors of the INTO US courses also emphasise interactive discussion, real-life learning and other modern approaches to teaching.

Invaluable Support and Encouragement

As international students, understanding the way things work in a new country can be frustrating and challenging. INTO US offices at each participating campus organise student orientation and are prepared to aid you with problems with roommates, schoolwork, or even financial aid. They organise international student events and activities and even provide help with your resume and job-hunting.

Enjoy the Flexibility of an American Higher Education 

Attending university in the US comes with a great deal of flexibility on the student's’ part. Students are given leeway in choosing how their academic coursework is structured; most universities offer a broad university curriculum giving you many general subjects to choose from each semester.
The wide range of universities and colleges in the US provide maximum educational opportunities. International students can choose to apply to public universities in a rural setting, small private universities in a city centre, or a liberal arts college in suburbia – the options are endless.

How INTO’s Pathway Programs Make The Transition Easier

The staff at all INTO US Pathway Programs are fully prepared to support, guide and advise international students on a great number of issues and topics. Many students arrive in the US and struggle with language barriers and communications skills. INTO provides special classes where students will improve their English and also be able to practice their presentation and writing skills.
American teaching methods are very different from some places around the world. US-trained professors prefer class discussion and open debate. This form of teaching may be unnerving to new students who are only familiar with the lecture-based method of teaching. As a part of the INTO special program, INTO students will attend classes together for one year to ensure the students receive the personal attention they require at the beginning stage of their education. This support and encouragement helps build up student confidence and improve inter-personal communication.

INTO Partner Schools That Offer Pathway Programs

Here are eight outstanding universities in the United States that all offer INTO Pathway Programs to undergraduate and graduate students from around the world.

University of South Florida

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 is a top research university where undergraduate and graduate students alike are encouraged to utilise its research facilities and engage with its 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 to read its profile on SchoolApply!

University of Alabama at Birmingham

University of Alabama at Birmingham

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

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

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis University (SLU) is one of the oldest Catholic universities in the United States and is 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 recognised as a character-building college with strong emphasis on community service. According to the U.S. News & World Report, SLU has 21 graduate and undergraduate programs ranked 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

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 INTO Pathway programs to international students - to find out more, click here.

Marshall University

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/faculty ratio of 19 to 1 where professors truly get to know each student and are able to initiate productive class discussion and debate.

If you wish to apply to a Pathway Program at Marshall University, click here to read its full profile and submit an application today!

George Mason University

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 read about George Mason University’s INTO Pathway Program for international students.

Drew University

Drew University

Drew University is a liberal arts university located in beautiful Madison, New Jersey, just 30 miles 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.

Do you want to read about Drew University’s INTO Pathway Program? Check out its profile on SchoolApply by clicking here.

Colorado State University

Colorado State University

Colorado State University (CSU) is a public university situation in Fort Collins, Colorado - about an hours 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 to overseas students.

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