Pathway Programs

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A Pathway Program, as defined by the U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) is, “A postsecondary program of study combining credit-bearing and developmental ESL coursework to prepare a student who is unable to meet the English proficiency standards for admission.” IAU’s Undergraduate Pathway and Graduate Pathway program combines English as a Second Language (ESL), college preparatory, and academic course work, which offers international students a path into degree programs at IAU. These programs typically last one academic year, depending on English placement level. Students who complete the Undergraduate Pathway or Graduate Pathway program are able to transition into the appropriate level degree program.



Primary objectives of this program include equipping students with the knowledge and ability to:

  1. Demonstrate developmental writing skills by using a standard academic organizational pattern: topic sentence with main idea, supporting evidence, analysis, elaboration and concluding sentence using correct grammar and punctuation (ILO1).
  2. Demonstrate developmental oral presentation skills to communicate the main idea, provide supporting reasons, opinions and evidence using clear and accurate pronunciation and grammar (ILO2).
  3. Apply critical thinking skills by reading and listening to English passages to identify the main idea, supporting details and make conclusions (ILO3).
  4. Integrate learning by connecting ideas in the areas of applied English and the degree program are of study (ILO4).



Instruction can only be completed through hybrid instructional methodologies.