Pathway Programs Advance Int’l Student Success Amid Pandemic

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Key Takeaways:

  • Pathway programs provide opportunities for international students to take a portion of their courses then later on complete their degree in their study destination
  • Pathway programs are ideal for international students at the time of a pandemic

Amid the pandemic, pathway programs are now paving the way for international students to start their studies in their home country and just complete their degrees at their preferred internationally recognized education institutions moving forward.

MSM Higher Ed, an education management solutions platform, created an initiative called MSM Higher Ed Pathways to bring opportunities closer to the students even at a time when they cannot go to their study destination because of the threats of the pandemic.

With this pathway program, international students will be geared up for their entry in various study destinations such as Australia, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand. International students can also have significant cost savings in attaining their international credentials as they will commence their study from their home country at local tuition rates.

Such an initiative is deemed beneficial for international students as several challenges are being faced by returning students. Some of these challenges concern visa processing, vaccination requirements, quarantine protocols, and accommodation.

It can be recalled that international students of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) struggled with accommodation in line with the announcement that hall occupancy would be reduced to facilitate isolation and other related purposes. The policy was reversed later on for students to continue their residency on-campus.

A pathway program allows students to select their study destination and apply to the pathway and desired university at once.

Prior to the pandemic, pathway programs have paved the way for international students to navigate into higher education amid equity issues, gender, racial, and cultural biases, and other barriers. Now, these pathway programs are not only for such concerns, but also provide the quality of international education at a time of global health crisis.

Pathway programs are ideal for international students who cannot travel to their study destination at the moment because of challenges related to COVID-19. Through these programs, they will be able to complete a portion of the courses in their home country before traveling to their chosen institution to finally complete their degree.

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