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KPU International Pathway to Undergraduate Studies

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KPU International Pathway to Undergraduate Studies

Interested in coming to KPU but don’t meet the English Proficiency Requirement for Undergraduate Admission? You can still come to KPU with the Pathway!

KPU’s International Pathway to Undergraduate Studies is an effective, affordable, and flexible English upgrading program that ladders directly into the eligible undergraduate KPU program of your choice.

No more worrying about transfer credits or course equivalencies—go from English upgrading to undergraduate studies in a snap. 

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Why Enroll in KPU’s Pathway?

It's affordable. In order to support Pathway students, KPU is proud to offer international students a new affordable tuition rate for English upgrading courses. At only 56% of the cost of regular undergraduate courses, you save over $300 per credit!

It's flexible. Eligible Pathway students can choose from a wide selection of university credit classes to enroll in alongside English upgrading courses. This means that you can get a head start on your future degree, even before you finish your English upgrading.

It's student focused. With a maximum of only 17 students per English upgrading class, you get the attentive coaching you need to improve your English skills rapidly.

Pathway Program Details

You can start at Pathway Level 1, 2, or even 3, depending on your current English level. This flexible program structure supports you in learning as much as possible—without spending more time or money than you need.

Your current English level to enter the Pathway is based on your assessment from an IELTS exam or an equivalent, like the TOEFL, CAEL, PTE, LPI, or Duolingo English Test. You can also take the in-house KPU English placement exam.

Pathway students also have the option of taking a limited number of undergraduate courses at KPU while in the Pathway. This means you can get a head start on your university studies, and earn up to 12 undergraduate level credits while upgrading, and another 12 credits while transitioning to undergraduate studies. Visit the calendar for more information on available undergraduate course options.

Pathway Course Placement Tool


  1. Pathway 1

    Start here if you have a minimum score of 4.5 in each IELTS band (or equivalent)

    $4,542.60

    1 semester, 12 credits

  2. Pathway 2

    Start here if you have a minimum score of 5.5 in each IELTS band (or equivalent)

    $3,406.95

    1 semester, 9 credits +

    Option of taking up to 4 credits of undergraduate courses at additional cost

  3. Pathway 3

    Start here if you have a minimum score of 6.0 in each IELTS band (or equivalent)

    $3,406.95

    1 semester, 9 credits +

    Option of taking up to 8 credits of undergraduate courses at additional cost

  4. Pathway 4

    English Upgrading Complete

    Transition to full-time undergraduate studies at KPU

    Option to take up to 12 credits of undergraduate courses at additional cost while transitioning

Estimate tuition calculations are based on Tuition & Fees in the Academic Calendar effective September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022.

Where Can the Pathway Take You?

Undergraduate Studies

Completing the Pathway lets you ladder directly into any open intake undergraduate program at KPU. That’s over 80 certificates, diplomas, associate’s degrees, and bachelor’s degree programs for you to choose from.

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