To successfully gain admission to a US degree or pathway program, students must meet minimum academic and English level entry requirements.
Academic entry requirements
You need good grades in previous academic study – high school or undergraduate degree – that are equivalent to the minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) for entry to your chosen degree, whether you join a pathway or enter directly.
English language level
If you have advanced English proficiency, you may be able to join a bachelor’s or master’s degree program immediately. You can start with a pathway program if your English level does not yet meet the requirements for a degree. Your English proficiency determines the length of your pathway program, normally from 1 to 3 semesters.
Generally, we accept scores from any of the following English language exams:
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Some US bachelor’s degrees require you to complete specific classes – called “pre-requisites” – and to submit the grades you earned, before you can start the program.
Master’s programs may require that you studied a specific degree subject (or “major”) during your undergraduate studies.
Some bachelor’s degree programs encourage applicants to submit standardized admission test scores (SAT or ACT) to be considered for tuition scholarships, but these are not required for international students.
Many master’s degree programs require students to submit graduate admission test scores (such as the GMAT or GRE) before their application is considered.
What if I need to improve my English before a pathway program?
For some of our pathway programs, if you do not meet the English language requirements, we can offer you conditional admission and advice on additional English preparation at one of our worldwide Kaplan International English schools. Get in touch with us for more information about your different options.