What is ASU-USA Pathways?

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Your Pathway to the Future

The ASU-USA Pathways program is designed for international students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate admission to ASU and who need to improve their English language level. Qualifying students will gain admission to ASU, be better prepared to perform in the American university classroom and will earn up to 26 credits toward an undergraduate degree at ASU or any other American university.

Why Choose ASU-USA Pathways?

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High-quality education

ASU and Global Launch have been recognized as one of the most innovative companies in the world by Fast Company, as one of the top English language specialist institutions by the U.S. Department of State and is partnered with some of the largest organizations in the world, like Uber and Starbucks. When you attend Global Launch, you will be a part of one of the most popular and innovative English programs in the country.

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Earn your degree on time

You will begin your first-year, degree-seeking coursework on day one, which will keep you on track to complete your degree in 4 years, depending on your program term.

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Study in 1 or 3 terms

The ASU-USA Pathways program is offered in 1 or 3-terms, which will give you maximum flexibility to progress to ASU undergraduate degree study as soon as you’re ready, or extend your time with Global Launch for additional support.

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Excel at the university level

Global Launch has helped more than 130,000 learners improve their English since 1974. In fact, students who attend Global Launch earn a higher GPA in their university classes than other first-time ASU international students.

Program Details

The ASU-USA Pathways program is offered in 1 or 3-terms, with degree tracks in Business, Global Management or Arts and Sciences within the W. P. Carey School of Business, the Thunderbird School of Global Management or the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. 

To determine your eligibility for the 1 or 3-term pathway, please review our admission requirements.

During your time in the ASU-USA Pathway program, you will begin your freshman year for-credit courses (first year) in your degree program of choice, along with ASU-USA Pathway non-credit support classes to help you improve your English and academic performance at the university-level.

When you successfully complete your term within ASU-USA Pathways, you will have the academic credits required to continue your academic career at ASU, or transfer to another U.S. university. 


Program Structure and Curriculum

Your secondary school Grade Point Average (GPA) determines the duration of the ASU-USA Pathways program. Your track, duration, and intake determine which courses you will take, shown with • below.

Course title Business track

1-semester program
3-semester program
Global Management track
Arts and Sciences track

1-semester program
3-semester program
Non-credit language and support courses
Academic Skills 1
Academic Skills 2 and 3    
Academic Foundations 1
Academic Foundations 2 and 3    
Applied English 1
Applied English 2    
ASU academic credit courses
Computer Applications and Technology (January start only) (January start only)
Principles of Macro/Microeconomics    
First-Year Composition 1 and 2    
Introduction to Academic Writing
Introduction to Human Communication (August start only) (August start only)
College Algebra/Calculus (January start only)
Student Success in Business    
The Living World   (August start only) (August start only)
Total transferable credits:
9 or 10

Progress to Degree Study

At the end of your time in the ASU-USA Pathways program, you will progress into your degree program of choice at Arizona State University or any other U.S. university and be on track to finish your undergraduate journey in four years.

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