FAU to Launch ‘Pathway to Academic Readiness’ Program Offering Admission for New International Students
BOCA RATON, Fla. (April 15, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University’s Office of International Programs (OIP) has announced a new program titled “Pathway to Academic Readiness,” (PAR), providing conditional admission to FAU with intensive English training for four to 12 months for academically qualified international undergraduate students. PAR also is available to graduate students who meet academic requirements for their program of study but need additional language preparation in order to successfully complete their degree programs at FAU.
“Having more international students at FAU will increase student participants in popular degree areas such as the sciences, engineering and business, and add to the cultural diversity of our campuses and University community,” said Catherine Meschievitz, Ph.D., director of the Office of International Programs. “Typical matriculation rates after the pathway year at other U.S. schools are 60 to 70 percent, meaning more students will be staying at FAU and enrolling seamlessly into their FAU degree program.”
PAR meets the needs of many otherwise qualified international students who still require some English instruction prior to starting their degree coursework. The program is being coordinated in its pilot year by OIP, and has been designed by FAU faculty and staff from the Department of Languages, Linguistics and Comparative Literature, Undergraduate Admissions, Graduate College, International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), and OIP.
The PAR curriculum will be taught under the supervision of experienced, full-time tenure track faculty with doctorates. The English training is focused on language learning in the academic context and in specific academic disciplines that meet students’ study interests. The program also will provide students with an opportunity to immerse in the full University experience, with options for on-campus housing and meal plans, access to all campus services and resources, participation in campus life activities, and special programs to assist students with learning about U.S. culture and customs.
Applications currently are being accepted for the fall 2013 semester. Undergraduate applicants must simultaneously apply for admission to FAU and have a minimum 3.0 GPA in the highest educational level completed, as well as successful completion of the online PAR placement test.
-FAU-Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.