University Pathway Program (UPP)
The University Pathway Program (UPP), designed for students with a high school diploma, prepares international students for undergraduate studies in the U.S. and serves as a conduit for entrance to the best colleges and universities. During this transitional period, students participate in intensive academic English language training while taking up to 10 university foundational courses (30 transferable credits) in their field of study. University credit courses are all from partner universities.
|Program length||One Academic Year|
|University Credits||Up to 30 credit hours|
|Campus Location||Chapel Hill|
|Curriculum||AEP Core+ university credit courses|
The demand for international high school graduates attending colleges and universities in the U.S. is progressively increasing; however, many are not academically prepared. The UPP program helps students make a smooth transition to U.S. colleges and universities by giving them an opportunity to take credit courses prior to matriculation.
The UPP program prepares students to meet the challenges of undergraduate studies at major universities and to successfully complete the rigorous language requirements for admission, providing an excellent opportunity to demonstrate their academic skills to potential U.S. universities.
- UPP counselors utilize a national network of relationships with admissions offices to assist students in selecting, qualifying for, applying to, and being admitted to their choice of top-rated colleges and universities.
- UPP counselors help each student select the best and most suitable college or university and facilitate seamless matriculation.
- Through UPP , participants will have a chance to explore various fields of study, such as engineering or business, to determine their passion.
- Students will benefit from fully transferable credit courses, letters of recommendation from U.S. faculty, and exposure to American universities’ academic standards.
- Students can expect successful transfer admission to top ranked American colleges and universities based on their overall GPA of the university courses they take during the program.
- Students with a GPA of 3.7 or above can expect to be accepted by one of the top 30 schools as ranked by U.S. News and World Report.
- Students with a GPA of 3.5 or above can expect to be accepted by one of the top 60 schools, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report.
- Students with a GPA of 3.0 or above can expect to be accepted by one of the top 100 schools, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report.
- Some universities that we have sent students to in the past:
U.S. News Ranking
|Cornell University||New York||16|
|University of Notre Dame||Indiana||18|
|University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill||North Carolina||30|
|University of California-Santa Barbara||California||30|
|College of William and Mary||Virginia||38|
|University of Miami||Florida||53|
|Syracuse University||New York||53|
|Southern Methodist University||Dallas||59|
|University of Washington-Seattle||Washington||59|
|Michigan State University||Michigan||85|
|University of Iowa||Iowa||89|
- High school graduates
- Pass GEI English placement test
- Minimum GPA requirement is 85 (3.3 or B+)
- For students applying for engineering major, there is a minimum requirement for the average GPA – 90 (3.6, or A) for any 3 out of the 4 courses: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology
- TOEFL over 75 (no any subsection is below 15 and writing should be over 5.5)
- High School Transcript
- High School Diploma
- Official TOEFL/IELTS score or GEI placement test score
- Personal Statement
- Financial Certificate
- SAT/ACT scores if available
- Interview (required)
Fall I 2019
|Fall II 2019||Winter 2019||Spring 2020||Summer 2020|
|Start Date||Aug. 14||Oct. 14||Jan. 8||Mar. 19||May 21|
$51,800/academic year* (including up to 10 courses from partner universities)
*Tuition includes academic tutoring, medical insurance, and cultural activities.