Pathway Program – ESL

NYIT offers a Pathway Program for reasons of English proficiency for both undergraduate and graduate students who have scored at least a 5.0 on the IELTS, 41 on the TOEFL iBT, or 36 on the Pearson PTE and meet all other admissions requirements. Broken down into three semester-based levels, students take 18 hours of English instruction per week in addition to academic credits that correspond to their proficiency level. Students attend six hours of reading and writing (ESLI-0X0), six hours of listening and speaking (ESLI-0X2), three hours of grammar (ESLI-0X4), and three hours of an elective course each week for each semester in the program. Students can complete the Pathway Program in one semester or up to one academic year.

Undergraduate students attending the pathway program will be required to complete the 040 level (High-Intermediate Academic English) before advancing to the five-credit WRIT-110, Basic Writing and Reading for International Students, and the three-credit FCSP-105 contextualized for undergraduate international students. These courses will give students the English reading, writing, and speaking skills that they need to thrive in university-level coursework. Graduate students attending the pathway program will be required to take an advanced English elective while completing the Advanced Academic English 050 level.

Point of entry into credit-bearing coursework will be defined by the admitting academic program. The academic program will indicate whether students can enter credit-bearing courses at Level 3, 4, or 5 and prescribe a series of Pathway Program eligible courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. A minimum of one academic credit counting towards the academic program will be taken by a student during the Pathway Program.

Admission Requirements

Students interested in pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at NYIT, and have an IELTS score of 5.0 or TOEFL iBT score of 41 or Pearson PTE of 36 or higher, can visit NYIT Admissions to learn about applying to NYIT and attending our semester-based programs as a pathway to their full admission.

NYIT places students into the appropriate program level based on their scores on a valid and reliable English placement exam, a writing diagnostic, and a math placement exam (undergraduate only).