Pathway Programs

Your journey to an American university degree begins with our innovative Pathway Programs. Meet new people from around the globe, while enjoying access to the resources of a world-class American university.

Global Pathways

Global Pathways

Global Pathways offers you the opportunity to follow an academic preparation program that leads to an undergraduate or graduate degree at Northeastern University.

The Global Pathways Program offers specialized areas of academic study, intensive English language training, and academic skills preparation. You can concentrate your studies in one of three areas: Business and Social Sciences; Engineering, Math and Computer Science; and Physical and Life Sciences. Upon your successful completion of the program, you are admitted to your chosen undergraduate or graduate degree program.

Entrance Requirements
  • Academic record equivalent to a GPA of at least 2.5
  • High-intermediate to advanced level of English equivalent to iBT 65 for undergraduates and iBT 61 for postgraduates
Program Features
  • Select from three entry points each year: Fall, Spring, and Summer
  • Complete the program in one, two, or three semesters depending on you qualifications
  • Benefit for academic advising, online tutoring, and student support services
  • Enjoy access to all University facilities
  • Choose from a wide range of degree programs
  • Be guaranteed entry to a Northeastern University degree program upon successful completion of Global Pathways
Learn more about Global Pathways.


US Pathway Program (USPP)

U.S. Pathway Program (USPP)

The U.S. Pathway Program is a multi-component program created by the Consortium of North American Universities (CNAU). Through USPP, students in China and Nigeria are prepared to enter a bachelor’s degree program in one of the CNAU institutions. Upon successful completion of USPP, students are offered admission to a CNAU member institution without requiring a TOEFL or IELTS score. In USPP, students earn academic credits, and benefit from comprehensive English and study skills preparation, and a supportive learning environment. Students who successfully complete the program can earn up to 34 semester hours of credit allowing them to matriculate as sophomore students.

Click here to view the current USPP Catalog for China. (PDF)

Click  here  to view the current USPP Catalog for Nigeria. (PDF)

The CNAU member institutions are:

  • Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Baylor University, Waco, Texas
  • DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois
  • Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York
  • University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont

Entrance Requirements

  • High School diploma
  • High school GPA 2.5 equivalent or above
  • Pass USPP English examination (China) or WAEC English grade C or equivalent (Nigeria)
  • Residence in China and Africa

Program Features

  • A pathway to enrollment at top U.S. colleges/universities
  • A two-semester English course or university skills course to build academic skills to a level which will enable students to participate successfully in all facets of academic and college life in the U.S.
  • Spend “Summer Bridge” term in the U.S. as you transition to the academic and social life in an American college/university
  • Discover your education and job options in the Career and Program Counseling course
  • Benefit from transition assistance as you enter your destination institution
Learn more about U.S. Pathway Program (USPP).