Pathway Programs

The Western Michigan University (Dual Enrollment) 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 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. 

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 410/420: 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. 

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. 

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.

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 410/420: 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