Pathway programs are preparatory courses that are designed to help international students build the skills, knowledge, and qualifications that they will need to enter a diploma, bachelor’s or master’s degree program or even can the condition of educational institute. These programs generally last one academic year, and they do not end with a degree. For example, in such a pathway program, a student may meet the language requirements of the main study program by completing a language course, rather than taking a recognized language test.
There is two ways to attend pathway program. Firstly, someone who is inside Canada may attend General English Program (ESL) or English for Academic Purpose (EAP). Second, international student receives a conditional Letter of Acceptance to a Canadian Designated Learning Institution (DLI), meaning that offer is conditional upon the student proving his or her language ability in English or French. In this case, the international student may first get study permit and attend a language course as a pathway program, and transfer to the main study program after completing the language course and receiving study permit.