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The international students who are thinking about going to the United Kingdom for studies, but are worried that their English language skills aren’t strong enough then the pathway programs which are also known as bridge programs, are an excellent option. International students should be aware of a few top pathway programs trending.


  • Exploring the Pathway Program?

A pathway program allows international students who want to study in the United Kingdom, to take English as a second language (ESL) courses while also taking courses that will count as credits towards their degree courses. These pathway programs last about a year and generally offer a “conditional acceptance” to the college or university with which they are affiliated so that students who finish the program with acceptable English language skills along with a high enough GPA are automatically accepted into the affiliate Universities.

Such Pathway programs are especially useful for international students who want to study in the United Kingdom but do not have the English language skills they will be needed for scoring well on the English language standardized tests that are a must for the UK colleges and universities.


  • Choosing pathway programs

There could be a number of reasons that international students might consider enrolling in a pathway program before moving on to a college or university. International students mostly wonder if a pathway program is the best option for them so they should explore the benefits of all pathway programs and what they are offering and choose accordingly.


  • Pathway Programs to Consider

A great way to begin your journey as an international student in the United Kingdom is through a pathway program though it can be difficult to find the perfect one to fit students' needs. As there are pathway programs at numerous schools and colleges throughout the United Kingdom. Also, pathway programs are preparatory courses that are designed to help many international students so as to build the skills, knowledge, and qualifications that they will be needing to enter a bachelor’s or master’s degree program for further education. Such programs generally last one academic year, and they do not end with a degree. Also, there are a number of reasons that international students might choose while attending a pathway program in the UK. The following point should be considered while choosing a pathway program.


  • Building the necessary language skills

International students who mostly study in the United Kingdom are required to have a certain level of proficiency in the English language and such levels are determined by standardized tests. For example- the Test of English as a Foreign Language or TOEFL. The International Students who do not achieve a certain score on these tests will not be accepted to study at the United Kingdom colleges or universities. However, many pathway programs provide an opportunity for students to study English while studying in the United Kingdom,. Thus if the English skills of students are not strong enough to pass the TOEFL, then pathway programs are a good option for international students. 


  • More time to choose a major

Sometimes students choose to study in the UK, but they are not sure what subject they want to study yet. Or maybe they have a long list of interests but are not sure how to choose between them. So the Pathway programs in the UK allow international students, the chance to take a year to try different study courses. This will give them a better idea of what they want to study when they will enter colleges or universities for further education.


  • Better chance of undergraduate admission

Many colleges as well as universities that offer pathway programs for international students, will also offer conditional admission into the school after completion of the pathway program. So that the international students who complete their pathway program with a certain GPA are automatically accepted by the main college or university for further education. For the students who are considering a pathway program, it is essential to research the admissions policy for each individual institution. As not all colleges and universities guarantee admittance after the pathway program as some offer personal college admissions advising, instead.


  • The chance to adjust to UK culture

For international students, one of the greatest benefits of pathway programs is the opportunity to learn alongside fellow international students as all of them adjust to study in the UK. In many other countries, higher education takes place entirely in the lecture. Students listen and take notes, and very rarely engage in dialogue. Whereas In the United Kingdom, things are a bit different as most students in the US are expected as well as encouraged to take part in numerous discussions and debates about the material as it affects their overall grade. These pathway programs help international students to learn about the UK's campus culture as well as classroom culture.

Therefore, choosing the right pathway program pre choosing a graduation course will Always help International students to explore the best of their abilities.


Harleen Arora 2 years ago
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