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.
Length of Pathway Program
| Length of Undergraduate Program||
Total from Arrival Until Graduation
Minimum 3 semesters
| 3 years (6 semesters)||
4 years + time in IEP
| 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)||
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 Results||Required|
|Passport Photo Page||Required|
|Financial Certification||Required||For one or two semesters|
|Letter of Recommendation||Not Required|
|Statement of Purpose / Essay||Not 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.
Accommodations are typically in one of St. Mike’s premium residences—Cashman Hall—which houses our “GEAR” Program (Global Experience Academic Residential). GEAR is home to US-American and international students, living in single rooms within suites of 4 or 8 students. US-American students must apply for the privilege of living in GEAR and demonstrate they are committed to connecting with international students. In most years about twice as many US American students apply for GEAR as are accepted.