Pathway Program

Pathway Program 


Program Description

The YSU International Pathway Program incorporates non-credit ESL classes with undergraduate coursework. The program provides a path for academically qualified students with an insufficient level of English language proficiency to improve their English skills while also earning credit toward an undergraduate degree.


Program Benefits 

  • Start taking credit-bearing classes sooner
  • Available to a wide range of majors, including STEM and Non-STEM
  • No TOEFL or ELTS required for YSU admission upon completion of the program
  • Receive supplementary language and academic support 
  •  Please see entry requirements below. 


Entry Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 2.0 cumulative high school GPA
  • See English proficiency requirements below:
IELTS (composite score) 5.5  
TOEFL (IBT) 55  
Duolingo English Test (DET) 85  

Tuition and Costs

Tuition and Costs (2024-2025)
Tuition* / Student Fees $5,650  
Health Insurance $680  
Textbooks $550  
Room + Board** $5,192  
Total $12,072  

*Tuition amount may vary based on the number of credit hours enrolled

** Your Room and Board costs will depend on the plan you select. Costs in the box cover the most important room and meal plan combination (on-campus).  



To apply to the Pathway Program, please follow the step by step instructions below:

Step 1: Go to the application portal and create your account. If you have already created an account, please log in to your portal;

Need help? Please check Application Portal Help Page and check How to Create my Account PDF tutorial. To successfully submit your application, please a computer to apply, do NOT use mobile devices such as smart phones or iPads. 

Step 2: Log in to your application portal and start your online application form. 

Need help? Please check Application Portal Help Page and check How to Fill out an Application Form PDF Tutorial. 

Step 3: Your application form will only be submitted after you successfully pay the $75 non-refundable application fee and hit the “next” button.  

Please make sure that all your information is accurate before you submit your application. You cannot change any information on your application form after it is submitted. 

About the $75 non-refundable application fee payment: If you have any difficulty paying your application fee using your credit card, you may try to pay it through Flywire (a credit card is not required). If you successfully paid the application fee through Flywire, please make sure to send your Flywire payment receipt to You will receive a code from International Admissions Office that you can type in to the “Promo Code” field to proceed with your application submission. 

Need help? Please check Application Portal Help Page and check How to Submit an Application Form PDF Tutorial.

Step 4:  Upload required supplemental items through your application portal.

Supplemental items will appear a few minutes after you successfully submit your application. Upload required supplemental items marked with “*” for an admission decision in two weeks. 

Need help? Please check Application Portal Help Page and check How to View your Application Status and Upload Required Materials PDF Tutorial. 

Step 5: Send an email to with the information below: 

             -Full Name: 

             -Semester Applying For:  (Pathway Fall 20___/ Pathway Spring 20___)

             -Intended Major: 


Contact Info

Mr. Joe D'Amato / ELI, Associate Director