Our Pathway program allows international students who want to study in the U.S. to take English Language (ELL) courses while also taking courses that will count as credits toward a bachelor's degree.

Susquehanna University's Pathway program is especially useful for international students who want to study at Susquehanna, but do not have the English language skills to meet the English language standardized test score required for admission. All students applying to the Pathway program must meet all the other requirements for attending Susquehanna except for the English proficiency.

The difference between a Pathway program and our ELL program is the opportunity for students to take credit-bearing courses and ELL courses simultaneously. Students are required to have a minimum TOEFL IBT 53, IELTS 4.5. Students without the minimum requirements will only be placed in the ELL program.

This program offers "conditional acceptance" to our undergraduate program. Students should complete the program in one year or less. Students who finish the program with acceptable English language skills and GPA are automatically accepted into our degree program.

All international students are required to study full-time; therefore, students enrolling in the Pathways program will take a full session of ELL courses and 1-4 credits per semester depending on their English level (see program outline tab below).

Learning Outcomes

Students who have completed the Pathways program will be able to:

  1. Speak English fluently in formal and informal situations.
  2. Gain listening and comprehension skills, to improve participation and understanding in during university level lectures.
  3. Write effective, structured and grammatically correct essays.
  4. Develop clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to the given task, purpose, and audience.
  5. Improve oral communication skills and pronunciation to convey clear messages to audience/listeners.
  6. Use English appropriately in various social contexts.
Susquehanna University

Semester one: Intermediate, ELL sessions 1 &2
Level 3 Components of ELL plus 1 semester hour

  • Listening & Speaking: Level 3
  • Reading: Level 3
  • Writing: Level 3
  • Grammar: Level 3
  • Extended Orientation- OFFP 1 semester hour

Level 4 Components of ELL plus 2 semester hours

  • Listening & Speaking: Level 4 
  • Reading: Level 4
  • Writing: Level 4
  • Grammar: Level 4
  • 2 semester hours

Semester two: Advanced, ELL Sessions 1 & 2
Level 5 Components of ELL plus 2-4 semester hours

  • Listening & Speaking: Level 5
  • Reading: Level 5
  • Writing: Level 5
  • Grammar: Level 5
  • 4 semester hours

Level 6 Components of ELL plus 2-4 semester hours

  • Listening & Speaking: Level 5
  • Reading: Level 5
  • Writing: Level 5
  • Grammar: Level 5
  • 4 semester hours

Levels 3-4

Students continue to develop fluency and accuracy. Coursework focuses on comprehensive skills, as well as academic preparation skills, including the fundamentals of essay writing and the development of critical reading, listening and note-taking skills. Students begin to focus on critical thinking skills to improve academic writing and reading comprehension.

Levels 5-6

Courses at this level are designed are designed for students who have mastered the fundamental English skills in levels 1-4. The main focus is on areas such as current issues, cross-cultural concerns, vocabulary expansion, public speaking, pronunciation, advanced academic reading and writing. There is emphasis on using citations, creating reference pages and exposure to MLA and APA writing formats.

Reading (Intermediate Levels 3 and 4):
The intermediate reading to write unit is designed for transitional English language learners to build academic vocabulary and develop more advanced reading comprehension skills. It includes a strategically integrated grammar focus to help students develop well-articulated paragraphs with topic sentences and logical conclusions in their writing. In this course, emphasis is placed on note taking and reading to write short summaries.

Reading (Advanced Levels 5 and 6):
This course is designed for advanced English language learners to prepare them for university academic reading, writing and research. Special emphasis is on reading and identifying well-formed paragraphs and longer essays with clear topic sentences, proper research citation and higher level academic reading strategies. This course further develops students' reading skills in preparation for higher levels of academia. Students develop comprehensive reading skills while preparing their research papers. Advanced academic reading includes analysis, synthesis, summarization and paraphrasing of information for a research paper. There is emphasis on fluency, articulation and expression while reading.

Listening and Speaking (Intermediate Levels 3 and 4):
This course will focus on developing students' English communication skills appropriately for an academic environment. Students will develop their skills in creating presentations and participating in class discussions and engage in interactive activities that will strengthen their pronunciation skills in English. Students develop an understanding of lectures and ability to take notes and summarize. Students practice pronunciation, hold appropriate conversations on the phone as well as in person, and organize and present speeches.

Listening and Speaking: Advanced Integrated Communications (Advanced Levels 5 and 6):
In this course, students will practice communication in various settings and for a wide range of professional and academic purposes, integrating all language skills with a special emphasis on speaking and listening in an academic environment. The course will provide a support framework for the English language learner who is ready to be immersed in full-time university academic work. Topics include: oral presentations skills, group work, multimedia activities involving listening and speaking, and higher level pronunciation work.

Grammar (Intermediate Levels 3 and 4):
This course includes the use of advanced-level syntax in an explicit, focused manner and helps students to apply knowledge to communicative tasks. It expands on verb tenses, including the perfect tenses, and uses modals in different social contexts. Students practice their grammar in more academic writing of varying genres.

Grammar (Advanced Level 5 and 6):
The emphasis is on producing complex English sentences and on developing critical thinking skills by synthesizing and evaluating ideas from a variety of sources. This course entails a demonstration of a full knowledge of English grammar through extensive written assignments, speaking and editing. It expands on verb tenses, including the perfect tenses, and use modals in different social contexts. Students are able to practice their grammar in more academic writing and varying genres.

Academic Writing (Intermediate Levels 3 and 4):
In this course, students actively read and respond to college-level readings. At the same time, they improve their reading fluency and critical thinking skills. Students communicate their ideas about readings in paragraph and multi-paragraph academic compositions. They also develop their knowledge of academic vocabulary. Basic library research skills are also introduced.

Academic Writing (Advanced Levels 5 and 6):
This course integrates the reading and writing skills students need in a college classroom. Students develop skills in comprehending, analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating longer academic readings. They demonstrate their comprehension and critical thinking skills by writing researched, organized and correctly documented papers. Intermediate to advanced library research skills are also introduced. One of the goals of this class is to read scholarly and peer-reviewed articles and incorporate them into a research paper using APA style reference and citations. Research projects are integrated with the listening and speaking course as students give oral presentation of their work during listening and speaking class.

The Susquehanna University ELL program is very affordable and is viewed by our students as an excellent value. Our tuition and fees are very reasonable and comparable to other similar programs in the state of Pennsylvania.

ELL program tuition is $6,448 per semester, new students pay an additional $150 non-refundable orientation fee.

Additional costs include housing, meal plan, and health and activity fees. All credit-bearing courses will be billed based on the number of credits and charged in addition to the ELL costs.

Cost Breakdown per semester 2019-20 for full-time ELL 
Housing, meal plan and activities—$6,570
Total cost per semester—$13,018
Move-in/Orientation fee (one time)—$150
Credit-bearing courses are $1,545 per semester hour

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