Global Gateway Program

A Pathway to Your Future

The Global Gateway Program combines English language study with academic skills and coursework. It also helps international students adjust to U.S. life by providing cultural support during the first year in the USA and in a university classroom.

Key facts
  • Intakes
    Fall, Winter & Summer
  • Length
    3, 4, or 5 Quarters 
    2 or 3 Quarters 
Entry requirements

Check our academic and English language entry requirements


Visit the Fees page for full details.

The Advantages of a University Pathway Program

While you study the Global Gateway Program, you will have a dedicated student services advisor and support from experienced tutors. You will also take courses that will teach you the skills you need for academic success, and in the future. These skills include time management, working in groups, and research methods.

You will also have the chance to be involved with organized activities for international students and join the societies and clubs at the University so you will meet other students, both American and international.

Once you successfully complete the Global Gateway Program you will matriculate into the undergraduate or graduate DePaul program to continue studying your chosen major.

For those undergraduate and graduate students who meet the requirements, direct admission to DePaul University is available.

Improve Your English Through The Pre-Sessional English Program

Our Pre-Sessional English program gives you the opportunity to study an undergraduate or graduate degree at DePaul University with a low level of English. Through 18 hours of instruction per week, you will develop your speaking and listening skills, reading comprehension, vocabulary development, grammar usage, and writing skills development. If you do not currently reach the English language entry requirements to begin your Global Gateway Program, Pre-Sessional English will help you access the program and further degree study at DePaul.

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Five Reasons to Study the Global Gateway Program

Exceptional Education

Earn a highly respected degree from a top-ranked University in the USA, providing you with a foundation for many exciting career opportunities.

Improve Your English

Enhance your skills and strengthen your vocabulary to support your academic coursework with English language classes built into every program.

Cultural Assistance

You will receive constant support during your transition to American life, from your first grocery shop to learning cultural traditions .

Gain Work Experience

Depending on your chosen Major, you can apply for an internship at one of the many world-class companies based in Chicago after completing the GGP. Optional Practical Training (OPT) may also be an option upon graduation.

Graduate on Time

During the GGP you will earn credits towards your degree so you can graduate alongside your U.S. classmates (on average, an undergraduate degree takes four years to complete).

Find out how to apply and what fees are involved.

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