PSU Pathway Program

Hijab wearing Student in cap and gown at 2018 commencement

Portland State University Pathway Program

Portland State University's Pathway Program for undergraduate students combines academic English courses, university classes, and many support services to prepare students for a smooth transition to university life and academic success as they pursue their degree at Portland State.


  • 6 month or 9 month program available
  • One application process for PSU and the Pathway Program
  • 4 start times per year
  • Completion satisfies PSU's undergraduate English requirement
  • Available for any undergraduate major
  • Students take PSU classes concurrently with IELP classes
  • Students earn university credit while in the program
  • Students have access to PSU's International Achievement Scholarship
Pathway Programs
Test Name 6 Month Pathway 9 Month Pathway Pre-Pathway
IELTS 5.5 overall
5.5 in reading & writing
5.0 overall
5.0 reading & writing
no score
below 5.0
iBT 60 overall
12 reading & writing

50 overall
9 reading & writing

no score
below 50
PTE 45


no score
below 40

PSU Pathway Program Eligibility Requirements 

Yutong Hu

PSU Pathway Student,Computer Science

"The first reason [ I choose to study in Portland] was to improve my English. The second reason was so I could experience American teaching styles".