global gateway program

Undergraduate Study

Undergraduate Study for International Students

The Global Gateway Program for Undergraduate Study is a 1, 2, or 3-term pathway that prepares you for your undergraduate degree at UVM.

The length of your GGP depends on your level of English. All courses are taught by distinguished UVM faculty and you will gain the course credits you need to advance to your undergraduate degree. Throughout your GGP our CareerAhead service provides dedicated support to help you achieve your future goals.

Curriculum and Electives

A Fast Track option for students with a high level of English language skill.

  • Academic Communication Skills II (4 credits)
  • Academic Writing II (4 credits)
  • US Academic Culture (3 credits)
  • Math elective (3 or 4 credits)

A standard option for international students.

Term 1

  • Academic Communication Skills I (4 credits)
  • Academic Writing I (4 credits)
  • US Academic Culture (3 credits)
  • Math elective (3 or 4 credits)

Term 2

  • Academic Communication Skills II (4 credits)
  • Academic Writing II (4 credits)
  • Diversity requirement (3 credits)
  • Academic elective (3 or 4 credits)

International students on the 3-term option receive additional England language support.

Term 1

  • College Life and Culture
  • Listening/Notetaking
  • Mastering Grammar
  • Reading/Writing
  • Speaking/Pronunciation

Term 2

  • Academic Communication Skills I (4 credits)
  • Academic Writing I (4 credits)
  • US Academic Culture (3 credits)
  • Math elective (3 or 4 credits)

Term 3

  • Academic Communication Skills II (4 credits)
  • Academic Writing II (4 credits)
  • Diversity requirement (3 credits)
  • Academic elective (3 or 4 credits)

Additional English Language Support

We offer pre-degree English language preparation to all students who need additional support when they arrive in the US, called GGP Intro.

Before you join our 2-term GGP, you can take an additional term of English-only coursework. This prepares you for your academic coursework in the 2-term program and improves your confidence in speaking, listening, reading, and writing English at degree level.

CareerAhead

At UVM we are dedicated to helping you achieve your career goals. The GGP helps to prepare you through our integrated CareerAhead service. With the support of an International Career Counselor you’ll gain the tools you need to impress employers and make the right choices to succeed in your future career. Your career development will continue throughout your degree with help from the UVM Careers Center.

Why Choose the Global Gateway Program?

Fast-track and Direct Entry

Fast Track GGP

If you have a higher level of English language proficiency you may be able to join the 1-term GGP. On completion you will enter into the second semester of Year 1 in your bachelor’s degree.

Direct Entry to a Bachelor’s Degree

If you are fluent in English or have a high level of English ability you may be eligible for direct entry to your degree. You must meet UVM’s standard entry requirements, provide SAT or ACT scores, hold a minimum TOEFL or IELTS score, and complete the Common Application. Direct Entry international students can still join the Global Gateway Program for academic and cultural support. Contact us to find out more about direct entry.

Key Facts

Term Dates

  • Spring term 2018
    January 16, 2018
  • Summer 2018
    May 21, 2018
  • Fall term 2018
    August 27, 2018

Entry Requirements

Visit our entry requirements page to find out more.


Fees

Visit our fees page to find a full list of course and accommodation fees.

University of Vermont student Shihao

"GGP classes are designed for preparing you for campus life. It helped my English skills and preparation. I now can handle it when I speak up and do presentations. That’s the biggest change. Academically, I don’t think I could have made it without the GGP. For my daily life, I think GGP provided me the opportunity to make friends with Americans."

Shihao (Josh) from China
Studied Global Gateway Program
Now studying Business Administration

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