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WKU Pathways

Western Kentucky University is proud to offer a University-run international pathway program international applicants pursing an undergraduate degree.  The WKU Pathwats program was designed to prepare students for academic success at WKU—no matter what the chosen feild(s) of study.  Students who successfully complete the WKU Pathways program will automatically be eligible to continue their studies towards degree completion at the University. This program combines traditional classroom experiences with tailored curricula taught by WKU faculty.  Our goal is to provide support for Pathways students to succeed academically while earning credit towards a WKU degree.


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Graduate on time

Students are enrolled full-time and earn academic credit toward their desired degree while fulfilling general education requirements.


You're admited to WKU

Your admission into the WKU Pathways Program means that you will be a fully enrolled student at Western Kentucky University.

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No additional costs

The WKU Pathways Program does not have any additional associated fees. Learn more about international student cost of attendance HERE.



Smaller class sizes contribute your success.

WKU Pathways was built to ensure unique programming and support mechanisms so that students obtain the necessary academic skills for future success. A huge part of this is the low student-to-faculty ratio which facilitates substantial student-faculty interaction. 

Should you be admitted to the program, you will be in classes with other international students.  These classes are taught by WKU faculty members who are selected based on their experience and interest in workling with international students.

Required English Proficiency
IELTS: 5.5 or TOEFL (IBT): 61 or PTEA: 45 

Required GPA 
2.0 (4.0 scale)

If you have questions about your eligability, feel free to email us directly at: iem@wku.edu 

No delay in graduation!

Students are enrolled full-time and earn academic credit toward their desired degree while fulfilling general education requirements. Students who successfully complete the WKU Pathways program will be eligible for admission to non-Pathways WKU courses.

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The WKU Pathways program is 2 semesters. 

Students move into non-Pathways WKU courses upon successful completion of 24 credit hours.

In order to successfully complete the Pathways Program, students must:

  • Earn a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA over the course of the program
  • Earn a minimum 2.0 GPA for each of the two terms in the program
  • Earn 24 credit hours

The Pathways program operates on a rolling admission. 

This means you may start the program in the Fall or Spring.

WKU Pathways does not have any additional associated fees.

There are no additional costs outside of international student tuition and fees. Learn more about international student cost of attendance HERE.

All Pathways courses are taught face-to-face on WKU's campus.

At this time, there are no Pathways courses offered online. 

12 hours per term is required.

Pathways students must be enrolled with a full-time course load.

WKU Pathways is an undergraduate program.

At this time, there is not a graduate Pathways option.





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For more information, please contact:

Contact Name: Addie Cheney

E-mail: andrea.cheney@wku.edu

Phone: (270) 745-4857

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EMAIL: iem@wku.edu

Phone: +1270-745-4857

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