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Undergraduate degree pathway for international students

For international students who meet the University of Vermont admissions requirements but don't yet have the required English language level, the University of Vermont Global Gateway Program provides an undergraduate degree pathway that combines English training with 28-30 University course credits (equivalent to Year 1 of a bachelor's degree); or 14-15 University course credits for the 1-term program.

Your gateway to a University of Vermont degree

The 1-term Global Gateway Program facilitates a smooth continuation of year 1, and the 2-term Global Gateway Program facilitates a smooth progression into Year 2 of a bachelor's degree, and helps international students fully integrate into American university life while enjoying the complete University of Vermont experience.

  • Apply for the Global Gateway Program

English for Academic Purposes

For students who need additional English language support, a 1-term pre-degree pathway program provides intensive English language instruction.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) develops international students' 4 key language skills of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing, in the context of degree level studies. On completion, students are ready to join the 2-term Global Gateway Program.

Direct entry to a bachelor's degrees

Fully-qualified international students are eligible to apply for direct entry into the University, but can choose to join the Global Gateway Program to benefit from dedicated academic support and cultural adjustment.


The academic year is divided into 3 terms:

  • Fall term is late-August to mid-December
  • Spring term is early January to early May
  • Summer term is mid-May to mid-August

Undergraduate study timeline

The study timeline helps you calculate program start date and breaks over your first year at the University of Vermont.

International student degree pathway duration and options depend on your English level on entry to the University.

English language level Start date options Year 1 pathways Progression to Year 2
TOEFL iBT 55 or IELTS 5.5 or equivalent August 3-term* Global Gateway Program (12 months) August of the following year
TOEFL iBT 65 or IELTS 6.0 or equivalent January 2-term Global Gateway Program (8 months) August of the same year
May January of the following year
August August of the following year (after summer break)
TOEFL iBT 80 or IELTS 6.5 or equivalent January 1-term Global Gateway Program (4 months) August of the same year (after summer break)
August January of the following year
TOEFL iBT 90 or IELTS 6.5 January
Direct entry to Year 1 (spring + fall term, with summer break)
January of the following year
2-term Global Gateway Program (8 months) August of the same year
May 2-term Global Gateway Program (8 months) January of the following year
August Direct entry to Year 1 (fall + spring term) August of the following year (after summer break)
2-term Global Gateway Program (8 months)
* 1 term of Global Gateway Program Intro before the 2-term Global Gateway Program

Placement and progression

On-site testing of international students on arrival at the University of Vermont will determine English level and verify final placement and program duration.

International students must successfully complete the entire Global Gateway Program in consecutive terms, without long breaks, to matriculate into the second term of year 1 or year 2 of a University of Vermont degree program.

Students must maintain minimum grades to progress from the Global Gateway Program:

  • GPA 2.5 on academic courses
  • GPA 3.2 on academic courses for progression into the School of Business
  • B- on English language courses

Key Facts

Fees:

$69,395 per academic year - for tuition, fees, housing, meals and insurance

Course length:

4 academic years (2 terms - or 8 months - per year):

Year 1 will take 8 or 12 consecutive months if joining through the Global Gateway Program

Next start date:

  • May 2017
  • August 2017

Entry requirements:

Academic: 2.75, with minimum length of study in English, mathematics, languages, science and social science)

English language: TOEFL iBT 90, IELTS 6.5 for Direct Entry or or completion of the Global Gateway Program

Course modules:

Completion of 120 credits of academic course work will vary by program, but usually includes:

  • first year seminar
  • 2 diversity courses
  • core courses (social sciences, mathematics, humanities etc)
  • required academic courses for your major
  • elective courses
  • minor in another discipline
  • concentration or specialization courses
  • internship or practicum
  • capstone or research course in Year 4