global gateway program

Undergraduate UNIVERSITY PREPARATION PROGRAM

Undergraduate Study for International Students

The Global Gateway Program for Undergraduate Study is a 2- or 3-term pathway that helps you adjust as you begin your degree at UVM. A modified 1-term option is available for highly qualified students. Developed specially for international students, the program combines English language preparation with core and subject-specific modules to give you extra support. It will help you adjust to US university life, with lessons taught in interactive seminars and lectures.

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 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

  • Listening and Speaking
  • Mastering Grammar
  • College Life and Culture
  • Intro to Academic Writing
  • Academic Reading Skills

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)

Highly qualified students can enroll in a modified 1-term GGP option, taking one English course and three courses in their academic degree program, earning more credits toward their major. Note that this option is only available once the application period for Direct Admission has closed. Courses include

  • Academic Writing II (4 credits)
  • Math elective (3-4 credits)
  • Two additional electives (common courses include Statistics, Computer Science, or additional Math classes)

The GGP Pre-Sessional English program offers students who do not meet the entry requirements for the 3-term program the ability to further hone their English skills. Upon successful completion of the GGP Pre-Sessional English program, students will complete the 3-term program before matriculating to UVM with a total of 28-30 academic credits toward graduation. GGP Pre-Sessional English courses include:

  • Reading & Writing (8 hours)
  • Listening & Speaking (8 hours)
  • Grammar in Context (4 hours)

Why Choose the Global Gateway Program?

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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.

What Degree can I Study?

After successfully completing your Global Gateway Program you can progress to the second term of Year 1 or to Year 2 of your bachelor’s degree.

You need to complete the full Global Gateway Program, gaining 14-15 academic credits in the 1-term Global Gateway Program or 28-30 credits in the 2-term GGP (equivalent to Year 1 of your bachelor’s degree). You must also maintain the minimum Grade Point Averages (GPA).

Minimum grade requirements:

  • 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • 3.2 cumulative GPA for progression into the Grossman School of Business
  • B- or better average on final term English language courses

Your Degree Options

Bachelor’s degrees are taught across seven colleges and schools by faculty who are internationally recognized for their research – 84% of faculty at UVM hold a PHD or the highest degree in their field.

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
Animal Science (College of Agriculture & Life Sciences) BS 2.5 GPA Business is 3.2 GPA B- or better in last semester of ESOL courses
Anthropology (College of Arts & Sciences) BA, BS 2.5 GPA Business is 3.2 GPA B- or better in last semester of ESOL courses
Art History (College of Arts & Sciences) BA 2.5 GPA Business is 3.2 GPA B- or better in last semester of ESOL courses
Art, Studio (College of Arts & Sciences) BA 2.5 GPA Business is 3.2 GPA B- or better in last semester of ESOL courses
Asian Studies (College of Arts & Sciences) BA 2.5 GPA Business is 3.2 GPA B- or better in last semester of ESOL courses
Biochemistry (College of Agriculture & Life Sciences) BS 2.5 GPA Business is 3.2 GPA B- or better in last semester of ESOL courses
Biochemistry (College of Arts & Sciences) BS 2.5 GPA Business is 3.2 GPA B- or better in last semester of ESOL courses
Biological Science (College of Agriculture & Life Sciences) BS 2.5 GPA Business is 3.2 GPA B- or better in last semester of ESOL courses
Biology (College of Arts & Sciences) BA 2.5 GPA Business is 3.2 GPA B- or better in last semester of ESOL courses
Biomedical Engineering (The College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences) BSBME 2.5 GPA Business is 3.2 GPA B- or better in last semester of ESOL courses

Focus on Your Career

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 Career Center.

Direct Entry

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 UVM for academic and cultural support. Contact us to find out more about direct entry.

Higher GPA and fluent in English?

You can apply for direct entry to the university if you meet the higher entry requirements.

Key Facts

Term Dates

  • Spring 2020 (GGP & DA UG)
    January 13, 2020
  • Summer 2020 (GGP 2-Term)
    May 18, 2020
  • Fall 2020 (All Programs)
    August 31, 2020

These are the dates for the start of classes for the semester. New students will be required to attend orientation sessions prior to these dates.


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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