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ELS reveals first undergrad pathway program

ELS Educational Services and the University of St.Thomas in Minnesota have signed an agreement to develop an undergraduate pathway program to prepare international students for study at the university by allowing them to take English courses and core requirement courses simultaneously.

The course - the first direct undergraduate pathway for ELS - marks a new phase in the 20-year relationship with UST. Photo: stthomas.edu/ Mike EkernThe course - the first direct undergraduate pathway for ELS - marks a new phase in its 20-year relationship with UST. Photo: stthomas.edu/ Mike Ekern

Tim Lewis said the program will help to fulfil the founding goal for UST - attracting students who would not traditionally study at college.

This pathway program – the first undergraduate pathway for ELS – marks the beginning of a new phase in its 20-year partnership with UST.

Through this program, international students will have the option of pursuing a degree in one of UST’s most popular undergraduate programs, such as science, finance, business, and engineering.

“We are excited about this opportunity to serve more international students while increasing our international presence on-campus and abroad”

The program aims to enrol its first international students in 2019 and will offer a combination of services such as courses for degree credit, counselling, and English-language support.

UST associate vice provost for Global Learning and Strategy, Tim Lewis said the program will help to fulfil the founding goal for UST of reaching students who otherwise do not have access to a quality college education.

“We are excited about this opportunity to serve more international students while increasing our international presence on-campus and abroad,” he said.

ELS executive vice president Alexandra Zilovic added:”The 20-year partnership between ELS and the University of St. Thomas has proven that we share the same commitment to providing international students with an education of the highest quality and standards.

“This new pathway program brings together a nationally ranked university, and ELS’s more than 55-year history and impeccable reputation within the US higher education sector.

“We are thrilled to be working side-by-side with UST to offer this outstanding new program, and help students achieve their academic goals.”

This partnership with UST follows the recent ELS announcement of a graduate pathway program with California Lutheran University.

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