Pathway Program

For students to commence their undergraduate studies while improving their English

Students needing to improve their English may apply for conditional admittance and enter Saint Michael’s Pathway Program. Many will complete their degree in 4-years — which is the same amount of time it takes for native English speakers to complete their undergraduate degree.

Pathway students take English as well as academic content courses depending on their language level. Those who have spent two semesters or longer in the pathway program and transfer to the degree program will enter the undergraduate program as second-year students, or sophomores.

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Length of Pathway Program

 Length of Undergraduate Program

Total from Arrival Until Graduation

Intensive English

Minimum 3 semesters

 3 years (6 semesters)

4 years + time in IEP

AEP Prep

3 semesters

 2 ½ years (5 semesters) + plus 1 or 2 summers

4 years including 1 or 2 summer

AEP Level 1

1 year (2 semesters)

 3 years (6 semesters)

4 years including on ½ course or summer

AEP Level 2

½ year (1 semester)

 3 ½ years (7 semesters)

4 years

No problem. Students with TOEFL/IELTS results below the minimum score, or who have not taken the test, may still apply for conditional admission. They will enroll in the Intensive English Program (IEP) or Academic Bridge level and may transfer into the Academic English and undergraduate programs when their language abilities improve.

Students must have completed secondary school prior to arrival with a good academic record. They must also demonstrate language proficiency with a standardized test and our own Academic Writing Assessment (AWA), which they will take upon arrival.

English-Language Test ResultsRequired
Passport Photo PageRequired
Financial CertificationRequiredFor one or two semesters
Letter of RecommendationNot Required
Statement of Purpose / EssayNot Required

Students experience Saint Michael’s College as full-fledged university students with access to all university facilities, including the library, technology, and fitness areas. They are welcomed in all university clubs and activities that are available to undergraduate students, and are housed on campus among international and US-American students.

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Pathway students who matriculate into the undergraduate program are eligible to receive scholarships, which are renewed each year that the student remains in good academic standing.