International Student at Graduation

The International Pathway Program

Less than a 79 TOEFL/ 6.5 IELTS? No problem! Start working on your degree NOW with a 45 TOEFL/ 4.5 IELTS or higher.

Why choose Fredonia?

Fast track to graduation

You will start taking credit courses sooner than traditional English programs. Our summer term allows you to complete 3 semesters every year earning up to 27 credits towards your major.

14:1 Student Faculty Ratio

You will work one-on-one with faculty mentors, and have a network of professors and advisors ready to help you with everything from creating a degree plan to getting a driver's license.

Research & Internships

You will have multiple opportunities for out of classroom experiences, including internships, research, volunteer, and professional job shadowing.

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Your Pathway to a degree--start taking credit-bearing courses sooner!

  • Fredonia's International Pathway Program combines ESL support classes with credit bearing courses.
    • All undergradute Pathways complete 21-27 credits towards your degree. 
  • All credit courses apply to your degree, and you are guaranteed admission to your degree program after completing the Pathway.
    • No final English test! All progress is based on success in credit courses and supporting ESL courses.
  • Depending on your level of English, you could be eligible for a Pathway as short as 2 semesters.
    • The Pathway includes a full Summer semester to maximize your time and get you to your degree sooner. 

Being successful in an American university takes more than English proficiency, which is why Fredonia's International Pathway Program takes a holistic approach to student success, incorporating competencies like :

  • Academic skills and integrity 
  • Confident communication
  • Cultural and social skills
  • Expectations in higher education 
  • Personal accountability


You don't need to wait to pass an English test with near perfect fluency to start working towards your degree at Fredonia. You can learn English while living on campus, making friends, and starting your American university adventure!   

Undergraduate International Pathway Program 

Program Minimum English Proficiency Number of Semesters Number of Credits Towards Degree Completed 




Standard Plus 




Extended Plus 



*Includes Summer semester

**Graduate Pathway Programs vary by department. Please inquire with for more information on Graduate Pathway offerings. 

***All English scores are confirmed on arrival with a placement exam during orientation. If a student's score is significantly different than the one previously submitted, the pathway length may be adjusted accordingly.

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Each year has three terms: Fall, Spring, Summer. Students may start any term. 



Subject to tuition changes total Pathway (all semesters) tuition costs:

Undergradaute 2019-2020

  • Standard IPP (2 semesters) $21,862
  • Standard Plus IPP (3 semesters) $31,110
  • Extended IPP (4 semesters) $37,110
  • Extended Plus IPP (5 semesters) $43,110

Graduate Pathway Programs vary by department. Please inquire with for more information on Graduate Pathway offerings. 

Does not include room and board, fees, insurance, books etc. 

The courses in the pathway are Fredonia Foundations which are general education courses required for all undergraduate degree programs. The pathway sections of these courses are designed for international students and taught by faculty with experience working with ESL learners. The English classes support the credit bearing classes with skills such as vocabulary, assignment strategies, and test preparation. 


The Graduate Music Pathway has been designed by the department for student pursuing: Master of Music in Music Education StudiesMaster of Music in PerformanceMaster of Music in Theory/CompositionMaster of Music in Music Therapy

The following is a sample course progression:

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It is strongly recommended that students have an English score such as TOEFL/IELTS when applying. 

If you do not have a TOEFL/IELTS score, please contact to discuss testing options. 

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