INTO OSU's innovative Pathway programs offer students a clear path into undergraduate or graduate study at OSU. Combining intensive English courses with OSU academic courses, students who complete the Pathway program enter their desired program with excellent English, study preparation and OSU academic credits toward graduation.


Undergraduate Pathway Programs 

What is the Undergraduate Pathway program?
INTO Oregon State University’s Undergraduate Pathway programs combine intensive language study, academic skills development and academic coursework in a carefully constructed program designed to move students successfully through the first year of an undergraduate degree program. 

Who is the program for?
The Pathway program is designed for students who want to take the fast-track to success. The program is ideal for students who:

  • Want to study for an undergraduate degree in the US 
  • Need to improve their English language skills
  • Have lower GPAs than required of direct-entry students
  • Desire additional academic, language and cultural support in order to succeed during their first year at a US university

What classes will Pathway students take?
The Undergraduate Pathway program is comprised of OSU credit-earning courses in math, science and writing. From the first day of classes, INTO OSU Pathway students study alongside domestic students in many of the same courses.

Academic English + Undergraduate Pathway
Academically qualified applicants for Undergraduate Pathway who are unable to provide a language proficiency score (or who provide one that is below the minimum) will begin their program by taking Academic English courses until they complete Level 3 of the program. All students have a study plan and receive academic advising that is reflective of the Academic English + Undergraduate Pathway program. 


Graduate Pathway Programs 

What is the Graduate Pathway program?
The Graduate Pathway programs allow students to begin earning credits toward their degree even if they do not meet direct entry requirements. The programs help build the academic knowledge and essential graduate study skills needed to successfully complete and OSU master's degree.

Who is the program for?
Direct admission to the Graduate School and respective department-based graduate programs at Oregon State University is highly competitive with only the best and most-prepared students being selected. Many students who meet all the minimum entry requirements are not admitted because of the competitive nature of the programs. The Graduate Pathway program is designed for internaitonal students who:

  • Require additional preparation to be admitted directly to the Graduate School
  • Fall short of meeting the minimum GPA or test score requirements
  • Need further English development
  • Need to improve study skills for success in their chosen field of study 

What classes will Graduate Pathway students take?
The academic courses included in the Graduate Pathway programs are carefully chosen to ensure success in graduate level studies. Students will be advised on which modules to follow during their academic orientation and during their time at the INTO OSU center.

Students who complete the 3 and 2-term Pathway will have earned a minimum of 15 credits toward their OSU graduate degree. Students who complete the 1-term Pathway will have earned a minimum of 9 credits toward their OSU graduate degree.

What are the benefits?
Pathway students receive the highest level of support during their transition abroad, making it an ideal choice for international students who are driven to achieve high academic goals. Other benefits include:

  • Assured progression to an OSU graduate program*
  • Dedicated academic adviser and progression adviser to help facilitate transition to the university
  • Pathway peer tutors available to provide additional academic support

Academic English + Graduate Pathway
Academically qualified applicants for Graduate Pathway who are unable to provide a language proficiency score (or who provide one that is below the minimum) will be conditionally admitted to the Graduate Pathway program and required to complete INTO OSU Academic English as stated in brochure for Pathway programs before beginning the OSU academic coursework portion of the program. All students have a study plan and receive academic advising that is reflective of their specific Academic English + Graduate Pathway program.

*Subject to successful completion of Pathway program, achievement of required test scores and sub-scores and submission of additional application materials.