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WKU International Pathway to Academic Success (IPAS)


The International Pathways to Academic Success (IPAS) program at WKU sets international students up for academic, professional, and personal success. IPAS courses provide a pathway to an academic degree at WKU and are designed for the following groups of international students:

1) First-year undergraduate students who want to be in a supportive learning environment with other international students during their transition into higher education in the United States; and

2) Students whose English proficiency score and/or high school GPA falls below the requirement for regular undergraduate admission.


As an IPAS student, you will benefit from:

  • No delay in graduation - students enrolled in the IAP are full-time students who earn a full year’s worth of academic credit towards their desired undergraduate degree
  • Smaller classes – the low student-to-faculty ratio facilitates substantial interaction
  • Exclusive courses – the unique IAP course programming provides both English language and academic skills support while fulfilling general educational requirements
  • Dedicated faculty – IAP courses are taught by WKU faculty with expertise in their content area, commitment to student learning and interest in working with international students
  • Extensive academic advising and student support – in addition to the academic and student support (e.g., academic advising, free tutoring, and career coaching) provided to all WKU students, IAP students receive personalized support from a dedicated IAP advisor and the Director of International Student Progress
  • Enrichment experiences – academic, linguistic, and cultural events and activities are provided to enrich and complement learning and student life at WKU


 IPAS faculty and staff are here to provide you with academic, linguistic, and cultural support to help you thrive. Join the WKU Hilltopper family and climb with fellow international students in the WKU IPAS Program!





Smaller class sizes contribute your success.

WKU IPAS 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 eligibility, 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 IPAS program will be eligible for admission to non-IPAS WKU courses.

The WKU IPAS program is 2 semesters. 

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

In order to successfully complete the IPAS 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

WKU IPAS program operates on a rolling admission. 

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

WKU IPAS 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.

 For Fall 2020, we will only offer two courses, which will be online:

  1. IDST199
  2. COMM145

Returning IPAS students should contact isss@wku.edu

View our course descriptions HERE.

12 hours per term is required.

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

WKU IPAS is an undergraduate program.

At this time, there is not a graduate option.

View our planned Fall 2020 campus operations HERE.

The safety and health of the WKU community is a top priority during this time. View the university's operations for health and safety HERE.

 A separate application is not required for admission. Students should submit a general application for admission to WKU HERE and if you are interested in enrolling in IPAS, please contact us directly at applyinternational@wku.edu

We are here for you!


Email: applyinternational@wku.edu


WhatsApp: +1 270 681 0632



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 Last Modified 7/20/20