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A ‘Pathway’ to the World

The latest buzz within the education community is the rumored words pathway program. Yet so many lack understanding and knowledge of what it is. People have heard students from around the world participating in this specialized program, but does anyone really know what it is all about? If you have doubts about what a pathway program really is, this information will come in handy.

So, what is a pathway program and why do education counselors keep bringing it up? For most students it is a conundrum with myths, blank stares, and confused opinions. Yet it is highly talked about as a study option for students bouncing in their seats to fly away to a foreign destination. First things first, let’s get our facts straight about the words we hear: ‘pathway’, ‘foundation’, and ‘navitas’.

The pathway program in a nutshell is a specialized university program ranging from one semester to one year for international students only, who want to focus on the transition from Indian education to foreign education; navitas is one organization that provides this program. It caters to foreign students knowing the transition from the familiar Indian studies to the diversified engaging education systems abroad, otherwise known as a ‘pathway’ to higher education. But there are many myths and assumptions related to these pathway programs that has created a stir of confusion. Covering the real facts will help in relieving the whirlwind of overseas options. Here are some myths:

Myth #1 – Only low scoring students go into the pathway program.

No! Students in the top 80% and above enroll into pathway programs around the world from many countries. But there is a special separate ‘foundation’ year if students score very low or have not completed their 12th standard who, after completing the ‘foundation’ year, go into the pathway program.

Myth #2 – The universities offered in the pathway program are low ranked and not good.

Actually, highly accredited and prestigious universities allow the organizations to conduct the ‘pathway’ program on their campus for international students who then graduate from those universities.

Myth #3 – You have to study more and pay more in order to finish your degree.

On the contrary students who perform well in the pathway program do not pay any extra fees nor tack on extra time to their degree program.

Myth #4 – The pathway programs are not associated with the university.

Also untrue, the pathway program is directly associated with the university and the students study and live on the university campus using all the same facilities as the rest of the students.

All of these statements are myths and can potentially misguide and mislead students who can really benefit from a pathway program. The next biggest question then is how can it benefit me? Well for starters the pathway program functions the same way with different names in different countries, but they all come from the same umbrella concept of ‘pathway’. Take a look at the different options around the world:

Most students wonder what the advantage is for applying for a pathway program instead of directly into a university degree program. For international students there are many unseen benefits that have gotten lost and caught up in the web of confusion. The highlight of the program is that it caters to international students and their transition into a new place, culture, and education. With smaller class sizes and professors from the universities themselves, students have the attention and advantage to excel in their first ‘pathway’ year, and then succeed in completing a bachelor’s or master’s degree with high marks.

But what if you have scored low in higher secondary? Not great IELTS or TOEFL scores? Well pathway organizations also provide the ‘foundation’ year for students who need to ‘catch’ up to be at par with university students. The program is set up so that a student’s low scores should not determine whether or not they study abroad.

The completion of a successful ‘foundation’ and/or ‘pathway’ year means direct entry into the degree program of choice at the same university. No need to re-apply to the university or even for a new visa, the pathway program is an all – in – one program and gives you the advantage of a smooth foreign education. The connections you build during the pathway program places graduates on the right track for their careers after graduation. What’s better than being able to be in a small community of international students getting personalized attention from professors? Priceless.

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