The Global Pathway Program

The Undergraduate GPP combines needed English language study with academic skills and coursework while also providing cultural support during the first year in the U.S. and in a university classroom. GPP students who successfully complete their Pathway program can progress to undergraduate studies in the areas of Business, Education, Computing and Digital Media, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and Science and Health.

The Graduate GPP offers students the opportunity to gain language, study and cultural skills in a highly-supportive environment while earning academic credit towards their chosen program of study.

Pathway Program Options

Each quarter you will take a combination of DePaul academic courses (credited) and English courses (non-credit). Course options are dependent upon the required Pathway. Once you have reached the required English level you can exit to DePaul University.

Sample Pathway Program lengths



1. Exceptional Education
2. Improve Your English
3. Cultural Assistance
4. Gain Work Experience
5. Graduate on Time

GPP Benefits

•  Progression to a DePaul undergraduate or graduate program upon successful completion of the Pathway program
•  Dedicated Student Services Advisor
•  English and academic support from highly trained instructors
•  Courses and events with both domestic and international students
•  Non-credit support courses for academic success
•  Social and cultural organized activities
•  Guidance in finding university clubs and activities of interest
•  State-of-the-art residence facilities

The Quarter System

DePaul University operates on a quarter system. Unlike semesters, quarters are 10 weeks in length, occuring in the fall, winter, spring and summer.

•  Flexibility to add a 2nd Major or Minor
•  Opportunity to travel home in the December intercession
•  Get involved in service projects

Student Centered Approach

More than 98% of all classes are taught by faculty members, not teaching assistants, where they will know your name, concerns and goals. The Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning & Community Service Studies develops mutually beneficial relationships with community organizations to engage DePaul students in educational opportunities grounded in Vincentian values of respect for human dignity and the quest for social justice.

Academic Services

The GPP Academic Services staff is committed to your academic success. First, staff will pre-assign your class schedule that aligns with your English language proficiency and earn college credit. We will refer you for support and tutoring when necessary. You will also be introduced to the school's online academic portal which contains your class schedules and grades. 

Student Services

To ensure your academic, social and personal success, you will be assigned to a Student Services Advisor to provide you with additional help and support. Your Advisor will meet with you regularly to discuss academic issues, tutoring support, health and wellness, involvement on campus, and healthy relationships. You will enjoy numerous complementary social and cultural programs, trips, guest speakers and other events that serve to support learning and encourage campus involvement.


•  Pre-arrival information
•  Airport welcome by staff and transportation to campus
•  Complete campus registration, including course assignments, GPP housing and immigration check-in
•  Customized orientation for GPP students
•  Regularly scheduled meetings with your assigned Student Services Advisor
•  Social and cultural events for GPP students
•  Campus activities with other international and domestic students
•  Referral to campus resources, such as health services, counseling services and career services
•  Referral to community services, such as banking, postal services, food, shopping and laundry services


Scholarships are available for students admitted into the GPP. Amounts vary. Please check with your counselor for eligible amounts.

The Kellstadt Dean’s Scholarship is available for graduate students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents. Scholarship amounts vary, based in part on academic profile and program. This is a one-time scholarship that spans the first three quarters of enrollment and cannot be used in conjunction with any other DePaul scholarships, waivers or awards. Students are automatically screened for this scholarship.

Alumni Outcomes

The University’s Career Center will support you along your way, encouraging your personal discovery and helping you to develop the rights skills and make the right connections.

Once you complete the GPP and move into your degree program, you will be eligible to take on internships. Some degree programs may require you to complete an internship, but all students have an opportunity to participate. In fact, many DePaul students complete an internship during their course of study and move on to full employment with the same company upon graduation. If you are qualified to do so, you may choose to remain in the U.S. after you graduate to participate in Optional Practical Training (OPT).


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Faculty & Staff Insights

Dr. Jaclyn Jenson is an Associate Professor and Faculty Director of the Human Resources Program, Department of Management and Entrepreneurship.

Dr. John Rogers has been teaching at DePaul for over 23 years. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and has taught in a variety of settings, including in industry and at a community college.

Prof. GianMario Besana is a professor in the College of Computing and Digital Media and currently serves as Associate Provost for Global Engagement and Online Learning.