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).


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.

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