Many students around the world aspire to take their undergraduate and graduate degrees outside their home countries. The exposure to new cultures, the potential for new friendships, and the avenues for personal growth and development unique to international instruction are among their motivations for studying abroad. Some non-English-speaking students, however, need assistance in qualifying for their targeted English-medium universities.
That is why Pathway Programmes are developed by education institutions around the globe. Pathway Programmes provide a smooth preparatory transition for international students wary of taking post-secondary education due to challenges posed by a different teaching method, the English language entry requirements, as well as the academic entry requirements. Also, the programmes prepare students for the coursework of their intended bachelor’s degrees or master’s degrees.
In Ireland, Dublin City University (DCU) and Maynooth University offer highly effective pathway programmes for prospective international students. They are called the International Pathway Programme and the International Foundation Programme, respectively. Both are carefully designed for international students whose English and academic proficiencies have yet to meet the minimum requirements of Irish education standards.
International students can take a one-semester or a two-semester pathway programme at either DCU or Maynooth. Once they are enrolled, students will have full access to all university facilities. They can also consult with each university’s International Office, established to provide visa requirement or immigration updates, academic and student support, advice about the local area, and many more.
These pathway programmes go beyond academic and career preparation, however. They help international students get acquainted with the on-campus environment and with Irish culture. They allow for rich opportunities in social interaction among other international students. They also equip students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence that are essential in handling the rigours of their chosen fields.