Pathway Program

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Designed for students who are thinking of studying at the University of Cincinnati but their English skills are not strong enough for direct admissions. The International Pathway Program is a two semester program (one academic year) that provides English as a Second Language courses while also taking major-based classes that will count as credit towards their degree. After successfully completing the International Pathway Program, students are guaranteed full admission into their selected major.

  • Take degree courses immediately and finish bachelor's degree in only 4 years.
  • No extra cost! Students pay the same tuition as all Cincinnati's main campus programs.
  • Participate in Cincinnati's world-renowned co-op program or other experience based learning.
  • Dedicated Pathway adviser to make sure they take the right steps to graduate on-time.
  • Enjoy all the benefits of the university, such as on-campus housing, access to libraries, recreation center and more.
  • Earn scholarships once student complete the program.

The International Pathway Program offers 75+ majors across two academic colleges. You can find program options under the following colleges:

 

The Pathway Program is integrated into each major; providing both intensive English language training and major-based classes for the first year at the University of Cincinnati. Students will be working closely with their academic advisers throughout the duration of the program to closely monitor progress and provide academic coaching/resources.  

Once students complete the Pathway Program, they will apply to transition into their major of choice. To see full course descriptions for each major, visit the undergraduate programs curriculum website

Below is an example of a Pathway student seeking a Bachelors of Science in Chemisty.

Sample first-year curriculum for Pathway student seeking Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
Semester One
CHEM 1040L
General Chemistry Laboratory I
1
CHEM 1040
General Chemistry
4
MATH 1040 Applied Calculus I 3
ESL 1068 Foundations of Academic Writing 3
ESL 1069 Success in Undergraduate Writing 3
ESL 1071 Basic Oral Presentation Skills 3
Total 17
Semester Two
CHEM 1041L General Chemistry Laboratory II 1
CHEM 1041 General Chemistry II 4
MATH 1045 Applied Calculus II 3
ESL 1070 Intro into English Composition 3
ESL 1074 Oral Presentation Skills 3
ESL 1076 US Culture and Communication 3
Total 17

Students must submit the following to be considered for admission:

High School Transcripts 
Official transcripts showing the current year's subjects and the previous 3 years' subjects are required. Transcripts should include a certified English translation (if needed). The International Pathway Program is only available to high school graduates enrolling as first-time freshmen.

ELS 109 Certificate
Students who have completed ELS 109 will need to submit a copy of their certificate of completion in addition to their high school transcripts.

Online Application
The online application is available for both fall and spring semesters. Applicants must submit their application and all required documents before the deadline.

Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: May 31
  • Spring Semester: October 31
Proof of English Ability Requirements by Admission Type
Test Direct Admission Pathway Conditional Admission
TOEFL 66

50

14 Writing

49
IELTS 6.5

5.5

5.0 Writing

5.0
ELS 112 109   108
SAT 1060

980

460 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing

970
ACT 21

19

18 English Composition

18
Proof of Math Ability Requirements
UC Math Placement Test SAT-I Math ACT Math
520 520 21

Students applying for the International Pathway Program pay identical tuition costs and fees as students who are directly admitted. Tuition is assessed on full-time enrollment based on two semesters of study (one academic year). Summer semester enrollment is not optional for International Pathway students and therefore is not included as part of the estimated expenses.

Estimated Annual Expenses
Current Academic Year Cost
Tuition & Fees $26,584
Living Expenses* $16,446
Health Insurance $2,464
Total $45,494

*Costs include food, housing, travel, books, and international student fee.

Scholarships

Students who complete the International Pathway Program with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher will receive a UC Global Scholarship of $2,500 per year, which will be renewable for the duration of a bachelor's degree.