intensive english language program pathways

Students studying on the psu Park Blocks

psu's intensive english language program (ielp) pathways are for students who want to improve their academic english skills and avoid having to take high stakes language tests. through these pathways students take their first psu classes in a supportive environment while taking english courses. students can meet other international students who are studying at psu. pathway students are members of the psu community, earn college credits and have access to psu’s international achievement scholarship.  

the application process is simple. apply using portland state's online application following the steps for freshman or transfer students. psu will place students into the appropriate pathway program based on the information supplied in their application. students will transition to full time enrollment in their degree program when they complete their pathway program. no additional applications are required.

students applying for undergraduate admission are not required to provide proof of english proficiency to be admitted at portland state university. freshman undergraduate admission is based on high school gpa. transfer student admission is based on college gpa (30 credits or more).

  • students who want to immediately begin their university coursework must meet psu’s direct to degree language proficiency requirement.
  • students who do not meet psu’s direct to degree language requirement or who want to improve their academic english can enroll in one of three pathway program options. placement into the direct to degree or pathway program option is determined at the time of admission. additional details about pathway tuition and fees can be found here.

ielp pathways placement

students who meet psu's english language proficiency requirements will not be placed in a pathway and will be able to being taking courses to work toward their degree.

test          pre-pathway 9 month pathway 6 month pathway

no score

below 5.0

5.0 overall

5.0 reading and writing

5.5 overall

5.5 reading and writing


no score

below 50

ibt: 50 overall; 9 reading and writing

ibt: 60 overall; 12 reading and writing

no score

below 40

40 45