PASS Program


Pass program

English Prep + Academic Classes

The Preparation for Academic Student Success (PASS) Program is a bridge pathway program that allows international students who don't quite meet the English proficiency requirement to take the PASS course concurrently with their academic classes. Students will enroll in pre-selected academic courses and take one PASS course which meets 9 hours per week for one semester. The PASS course is for academic credit and the cost is included in the affordable flat-rate tuition. That's right, there's no additional cost for the PASS Program...it's included! 

The successful completion of the PASS Program is the equivalent of a 79 TOEFL score. 

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PASS Program Courses

Students in the PASS Program will be required to enroll in, and successfully complete, one of the following courses (PASS/IEP 110 or PASS/IEP 112) based on the placement test assessment. Students will also enroll in pre-selected academic degree courses equaling a full-time, full-course of study. 

Undergraduate (Fall or Spring)

Courses Credit Hours
PASS/IEP 110 or 112 3
UGS 101 1
Academic Courses 8
TOTAL 12

Undergraduate (Summer)

Courses Credit Hours
PASS/IEP 110 or 112 3
Academic Courses 3
TOTAL 6

PASS/IEP 110: Composition and Research for International Students

Goal: Students will have the vocabulary, writing, and language skills to support their academic success in university level courses.

Course Description: This course is required for international students who have not met PSU's English requirement. It provides instruction in a variety of writing assignments necessary for success in undergraduate studies at PSU. Assignments include e-mails, summaries, reactions, reports, and documented academic essays. Using a variety of rhetorical methods, students will write academic essays with a focus on writing skills as well as documentation. Issues of academic honesty and the definition and consequences of plagiarism will also be addressed.

Credit Hours: 3 - Class meets 9 hours per week

PASS/IEP 112: Academic and Language Development for International Students

Goal: Students will have the reading, listening comprehension, note taking, test taking, vocabulary, and speaking skills to support their academic success in university level courses.

Course Description: This course is required for international students who have not met PSU's English requirement.  It provides a variety of reading materials authentic to college disciplines within the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.  Emphasis will be placed on developing critical thinking skills through analysis and synthesis of information, as well as academic listening, note-taking, and test-taking skills. 

Credit Hours: 3 - Class meets 9 hours per week

 

PASS Program Admission

Students must meet all admission requirements for the academic program. Students with a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score that is slightly below the minimum admission requirement may be eligible for the PASS Program.

Intakes 

  • Fall Semester (August-December)
  • Spring Semester (January-May)
  • Summer Session (June-July)

English Requirement 

In order to enroll in the PASS Program, students must have a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE within the following range:

English Test

Composite Scores

Band Scores

IELTS

5.0-5.5

4.0-4.5

TOEFL

60-67

12-14

PTE

36-46

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Students will take a placement test upon arrival to determine proper course placement. If a student does not meet the English proficiency requirements upon assessment for the PASS Program, the student will be required to enroll in the Intensive English Program or submit a passing TOELF, IELTS or PTE score. 

STEP 1

Submit application for academic admission and pay application fee. 

STEP 2

Submit the following official documents:

 

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must meet all the academic program admission requirements. 

Additional Information 

 

Pre-Arrival, Visa and Orientation Information 

Students in the PASS Program will take a placement test during Orientation upon arriving to PSU. 

Pittsburg State University reserves the right to change standards for admission as deemed necessary. Every attempt will be made to communicate changes of policy, but the lack of knowledge of admission policy on the part of the prospective student will not be reason for the University to waive current admission standards.

Dates and Schedules

2019 Fall Semester (16-weeks)

Airport Pick-up August 9-12, 2019
Orientation & Placement Test August 13-16, 2019
Classes Begin August 19, 2019
Classes End December 13, 2019


2020 Spring Semester (16-weeks)

Airport Pick-up January 12-14, 2020
Orientation & Placement Test January 15-17, 2020
Classes Begin January 12, 2020
Classes End May 15, 2020


2020 Summer Session (8-weeks)

Airport Pick-up May 25-27, 2020
Orientation & Placement Test May 28-29, 2020
Classes Begin June 1, 2020
Classes End July 24, 2020


University Academic Calendar

Cost

There is no additional cost for the PASS Program! Students enrolled full-time in Fall or Spring in the PASS Program will pay a flat-rate tuition. This means that the PASS courses and academic courses are all included for one affordable price for the semester. For those with Summer enrollment, tuition will be assessed per credit hour. 

2019-2020 Tuition & Fees
(Fall or Spring)
Credit Hours
Undergraduate $9,321 12 (PASS + Academics)
 

Fall and Spring semesters are flat-rate tuition. Summer tuition is per credit hour. 

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