Pathway Programs

The Western Michigan University Pathway Program enables international students to take English as a second language courses while also taking academic courses that count toward an academic degree program. The Pathway Program is a dual-enrollment program that includes an International Student Success seminar that provides assistance in cultural adjustment, an extended orientation to the University and general academic support. 

Undergraduate Pathways   Graduate Pathways   

Undergraduate Pathways at Western Michigan University

At Western Michigan University, all undergraduate students with TOEFL scores between 52 and 70 will be encouraged to apply for the Pathway Program. 

Benefits of the Pathway Program

The WMU Pathway Program provides many benefits to international students, including: 

  • Ability to take academic courses while satisfying English proficiency requirements. 
  • Earn an undergraduate degree in less time. 
  • International Student Success seminar that provides assistance in cultural adjustment, an extended orientation to the University and general academic support.
  • Admission to an undergraduate program with a lower proficiency score. 

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Pathway Program Structure

The WMU Pathway Program is composed of two  consecutive semesters: Pathway I and Pathway II. International students may enter Pathway II with the appropriate English proficiency scores. 

Pathway Program Structure

 

Pathway I
(one semester)

Pathway II
(one semester)

(TOEFL Score)
(IELTS)
(Pearson)
(CELCIS level)

(52-60)
(5.5)*
(42)
(Pre-Advanced)

(61-70)
(5.5)*
(46)
(Advanced)

ESL (CELCIS) components ESL 410 or 420: Advanced Speaking & Listening / Advanced Grammar & Communication ESL 533: Oral Communication
ESL 430: Advanced Reading & Writing 1 ESL 511: Written Communication
ESL 440: Advanced Reading & Writing 2
Academic Coursework at WMU 2-3 academic courses, 6-9 credit hours 3-4 academic courses, 9-12 credit hours
International Student Success Seminar 50 minutes per week

 *Students with an IELTS of 5.5 will be given an on-site placement test at International Student Orientation to determine entrance in to Pathway I or Pathway II. 

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Academic Course Options

Students in the pathway program take courses prescribed by their academic program. Pathway students do not register for their own courses: Pathway students work with their international student success coordinator, international admissions counselor and academic advisor to register for classes. 

College  Major
College of Aviation OTHER MAJORS
College of Arts and Sciences Applied Mathematics (B.S.)
Biology (B.S.)

Biomedical Sciences (B.S.)
Comparative Religion (B.A.)
Data Science (B.S.)
Economics (B.A. / B.S.)
Mathematics (B.S.)
Physics (B.S.) 
Statistics (B.S.) 

OTHER MAJORS
College Education and Human Development OTHER MAJORS
College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Aerospace Engineering (B.S.)
Chemical Engineering (B.S.)
Civil Engineering (B.S.)
Computer Engineering (B.S.)
Computer Science (B.S.)
Construction Engineering (B.S.)
Electrical Engineering (B.S.)
Engineering Design Technology (B.S.)
Engineering Management Technology (B.S.)
Graphic and Printing Science (B.S.)
Industrial & Entrepreneurial Engineering (B.S.)
Manufacturing Engineering Technology (B.S.)
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)
Paper Engineering (B.S.)

College of Fine Arts OTHER MAJORS
College of Health and Human Services OTHER MAJORS
Haworth College of Business

Business (General) (B.B.A.)
Accountancy (B.B.A)
Advertising & Promotion (B.B.A.)
Business Analytics (B.B.A)
Business Law (B.B.A.)
Computer Information Systems (B.B.A.)
Economics (B.B.A.)
Electronic Business Marketing (B.B.A.)
Entrepreneurship (B.B.A.)
Finance (B.B.A.)
Food & Consumer Packaged Good Marketing (B.B.A.)
Health Informatics & Information Management (B.B.A)
Human Resource Management (B.B.A.)
Integrated Supply Chain Management (B.B.A)
Management (B.B.A.)
Marketing (B.B.A.)
Personal Financial Planning (B.B.A.)
Sales & Business Marketing (B.B.A.)
Telecommunications & Information Management (B.B.A.)

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Graduate Pathways at Western Michigan University

At Western Michigan University, graduate students with TOEFL scores between 52 and 80 will be encouraged to apply for the Pathway Program for select programs. 

Benefits of the Pathway Program

The WMU Pathway Program provides many benefits to international students, including: 

  • Ability to take academic courses while satisfying English proficiency requirements. 
  • Earn a graduate degree in less time. 
  • International Student Success seminar that provides assistance in cultural adjustment, an extended orientation to the University and general academic support.
  • Admission to a graduate program with a lower proficiency score. 

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Graduate Pathway Options

Pathway Programs are available for the following graduate degrees: 

  1. Applied Economics (M.A.)
  2. Data Science (M.S.)
  3. Statistics (M.S.)

The Haenicke Institute for Global Education is currently working with academic departments to expand the number of Pathway eligible graduate programs.

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Pathway Program Structure

The WMU Pathway Program is composed of two  consecutive semesters: Pathway I and Pathway II. International students may enter Pathway II with the appropriate English proficiency scores. 

Pathway Program Structure

 

Pathway I
(one semester)

Pathway II
(one semester)

(TOEFL Score)
(IELTS)
(Pearson)

(52-60)
(5.5)
(42)

(61-80)
(6.0)
(50)

ESL (CELCIS) components ESL 410 or 420: Advanced Speaking & Listening / Advanced Grammar & Communication ESL 533: Oral Communication
ESL 430: Advanced Reading & Writing 1 ESL 511: Written Communication
ESL 440: Advanced Reading & Writing 2
Academic Coursework at WMU 1-2 academic courses, 3-6 credit hours 1-2 academic courses, 3-6 credit hours
International Student Success Seminar 50 minutes per week

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