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Pathway Program

The Pathway Program at La Roche University allows international undergraduate students who do not have the required English proficiency to complete English as a Second Language (ESL) courses while earning academic credits toward their degrees.

There are two levels of the pathway program offered: a two-semester pathway and a two-semester pathway. Based upon scores obtained from either the IELTS, TOEFL or Duolingo English tests, students will be sorted into the appropriate pathway track as illustrated by the chart below.





University Credits

Direct Admit

79 and over

6.5 overall band

120 and higher

12-18 undergraduate course credits

1 Semester Pathway


6.0 overall band


12 Pathway course credits,
6 undergraduate course credits

2 Semester Pathway


5.5 overall band


0 Pathway course credits, 3-6 undergraduate course credits


45 and lower

5.0 and lower

 90 and lower


If students have not taken any of these tests, they are required to take the Duolingo test and receive a score.

Please contact for more information on how you can take the Duolingo test for free.

SAT and ACT scores are not required but could also be used to determine direct admission.

La Roche also offers English as a Second Language courses for undergraduate students who do not have the minimum language proficiency to be in the Pathway Program.