What is the International Student Pathway?
As a PCC student, you'll be part of our award winning First Year Pathways program. It includes several components that are designed to help you succeed. The Pathways Program at PCC is a special, award-winning program that helps you get the classes that you need, supports you in your success for up to two years at PCC, and provides you with opportunities to explore your major and career goals.
The International Student Pathway has the following components:
- A special one-week orientation program called iJam. (Resident students have a similar orientation called Math Jam, Design Jam, etc.)
- A Pathways study center on the first floor of the V building.
- A student success team, consisting of first and second year coaches, counselors, and tutors to help you adjust to the culture, meet and exceed the expectations of American college life, and give you the tools you need to complete your goals.
- A student success course, College 001, designed to help you develop critical reading, writing, and college-level research skills, as well as develop academic and personal behaviors necessary to succeed in college. (Students with English skills at ESL level 2 or level 3 take COUN 010 instead of College 1.)
Pathways students receive the following benefits:
- Priority registration, allowing you to register earlier than many other students
- Easy access to the full student support team
- Access to the Pathways Center, along with tutors, computers, and up to five pages of printing per day
All new international students are given the opportunity to be in the International Student Pathway from their first semester at PCC. Being a part of the Pathways program is not a requirement. Students can choose not to be part of this program. However, only international students in the Pathways program, or in a few other programs (athletes, student government, etc.), qualify for priority registration. Additionally, students must complete all of the requirements of the Pathways program during their first year at PCC to qualify for the second year of the program, including priority registration.
Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the International Student Pathway.
No. Participation in the International Student Pathway (ISP) program is not required. You can choose not to join, but if you are not a Pathway student, you will not receive the many special benefits of the program, like early registration to get the classes you need to transfer to your dream university as quickly as possible, or support from Pathway coaches, tutors, and instructors.
PCC has made many valuable learning opportunities and experiences part of the ISP. To get the most out of it, you will need to participate in all of these activities. The Pathway contract is a document that you sign agreeing to complete the ISP activities in order to get all of the benefits of the program.