Planning ahead for university and choosing the right pathway program

It is important that the school staff is knowledgeable in the area of higher education and are well equipped to advise students throughout the university/college selection and application process.

It is also important to have established partnerships with quality universities and colleges that can provide students with their university admissions letter of acceptance prior to their departure (from their home country) and direct-entry conditional acceptance once the student has met the level requirements while studying at the language school. In addition, we find our academic portfolio, which tracks the progress of university-bound students, to be an effective tool for students to determine their abilities, needs and goals throughout their Pathways Program.

Students must consider what their goals are, what degree they would like to pursue and come up with a timeline for their studies.

We encourage agents and students to make use of the special academic services that ELC offers. The application process into an American university can be difficult for even a native English speaker so having a dedicated staff member to assist with that process is extremely helpful.

Students will need an F-1 visa to study in a full-time program. They have a higher chance of obtaining the necessary visa if they have an acceptance letter pre-departure, therefore, finding a language school that can offer this service is useful for the student.

Vanessa Palmieri is Director of Marketing and in charge of Agent Relations with the English Language Center ELC | www.elc.edu
ELC has conditional acceptance partnerships with 28 universities and colleges in the US. Their staff is trained to advise students through the selection and application process. ELC also offer university-bound students academic services that include counselling, university tours, university workshops, academic skills electives and more.

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