Pathway to Academics Program

The Pathway to Academics Program provides international undergraduate students who are otherwise qualified, but whose TOEFL or IELTS scores fall slightly below minimum proficiency requirements to be enrolled in prescribed academic coursework while strengthening their language proficiency skills. In this full-time program students will take English Institute courses focusing on oral and written accuracy and fluency as well as credit bearing academic math and college writing courses.

This semester-long program requires students to attend classes that meet weekly from Monday to Friday. Students are given access to the language laboratory classroom outside class hours to continue relevant course work. They will also have the opportunity to participate in conversation practice activities and adjust to campus and community life through social and cultural events.


In order to be considered for admission to the Pathway to Academics Program, a student must have academic admission to the University of Tulsa and a qualifying language proficiency score. International undergraduate admissions representatives determine final eligibility for Pathway admission. Students must submit the following information in their application to the university:

  • A properly completed application for international students
  • TOEFL or IELTS score
  • A $50 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Proof of completion of a secondary school program with transcripts
  • A properly completed and certified Confirmation of Financial Resources form
  • A copy of current passport

Accurate submission of all the above material is essential to enable the admissions office to process your application in a timely manner.

View admission requirements or apply

Session Schedule

The Pathway to Academics Program begins a new session every August and January. The dates for each session are as follows:

Fall 2019 
August 26 - December 9Classes
December 10 - 11Reading Days
December 12 - 19Final Exams
Spring 2020 
January 13 - April 27Classes
April 28 - 29Reading Days
April 30 - May 7Final Exams


Students are expected to complete this program in one semester. The  breakdown below, however, includes the cost of both one semester and a full academic year. Estimated expenses are in U.S. dollars.

Tuition & FeesPer SemesterPer Year
International Fee$180$360
Health Insurance$875$1,750
Student Association Fee$70$140
Total Tuition & Fees$17,650$35,300

Living ExpensesPer SemesterPer Year
Total Tuition, Fees, and Living Expenses$26,215$52,430
Community & Residence Hall Fees$200$400
Personal Expenses$2,040$4,080
Total Living Expenses$8,565$17,130

* Cost is based on a double room in Fisher Hall – cost is per student
** Cost is based on a TU meal plan with 12 meals per week (plus 400 Dining and 50 Game Day Dollars)

Sample Weekly Schedule

9:00-9:50amAcademic MathAcademic Math LabAcademic MathAcademic Math LabAcademic Math
10:00-10:50amAcademic College WritingAcademic College WritingAcademic College Writing
11:00-11:50amEIIS StructureEIIS StructureEIIS StructureEIIS StructureEIIS Structure
1:00-1:50pmEIIS ReadingEIIS ReadingEIIS ReadingEIIS ReadingEIIS Culture
2:00-2:50pmEIIS ListeningEIIS ListeningEIIS ListeningEIIS ListeningEIIS Culture

Health Insurance

Students must provide proof of private health insurance or purchase the United Health insurance plan provided through The University of Tulsa. Students who will bring a spouse and/or children with them to the U.S. must provide the following information for each person so we may include them on their immigration document:

  • Full name
  • Relationship
  • Date and Country of Birth