Pathway Programs


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 3 term Pathway program enter their desired program with excellent English and study skill preparation.

Successful completion of an Undergraduate Pathway program allows students to progress to the second year of their undergraduate degree at Oregon State University in their respective field of study. Successful completion of a Graduate Pathway program secures students a place in full-time graduate studies at Oregon State University in their respective field of study.

Click here to view all available Undergraduate and Graduate Pathway programs at INTOhigher.com.


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 succees 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.

Conditional 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 be conditionally admitted to the Undergraduate Pathway program and required to complete INTO OSU Academic English through Level 4 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 Conditional Undergraduate Pathway program. 


Graduate Pathway Programs 

What is the Graduate Pathway program?
The innovative Graduate Pathway program is a pre-Master’s program that provides international students a direct path to various graduate degrees at the university. The program gives students the academic foundation, essential language skills and GMAT/GRE test preparation to successfully move on to the 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 international 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 the INTO OSU center.

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*
  • Up to 40 hours of TOEFL test preparation and GMAT or GRE preparation
  • Dedicated academic adviser and progression adviser to help facilitate transition to the university
  • Pathway peer tutors available to provide additional academic support

Conditional 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 through Level 5 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 Conditional Graduate Pathway program.

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