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Pathway Program

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We will be offering our Spring 2021 English language program IN-PERSON at this time, following the safety protocols set by the State of New York and SUNY. For more details, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.


The Haggerty English Language Program is proud to offer an on-campus pathway program to international students seeking undergraduate degrees at SUNY New Paltz, as well as to international students conditionally admitted to The Culinary Institute of America (CIA).

Through the HELP Pathway Program, conditionally admitted students will:

  • be issued an I-20 from SUNY New Paltz.
    - SUNY New Paltz students will be issued a Pathway I-20. It will indicate that the student is not yet proficient in English and that they will be tested for proficiency upon arrival. 
    - CIA students will be issued a Language Training I-20. It will indicate that the student is studying English Language at SUNY New Paltz, with a note indicating their intention to begin their studies at the CIA upon completion of the program.
  • meet their English language requirement for admission upon completion of the program.
  • be better prepared for the rigor of university coursework in the U.S.
  • earn university credits while in the highest level of the program (Undergraduates only).
  • receive advising from a dedicated advisor and direct coaching from faculty.
  • receive a certificate upon completion of the program.
  • begin their academic coursework when they reach the highest level of the program.

To get started in the Pathway Program, students must:

  1. Apply online for their intended degree program and follow the application process:




  2. Submit English proficiency test scores for pre-placement, or inform the international admissions office that they would like to pursue conditional admission and be tested upon arrival.

What does "conditional admission" mean?

Students may be granted admission to SUNY New Paltz or the Culinary Institute of America even without the minimum English proficiency requirement for direct admission, if they meet the academic requirements. They can matriculate and begin full-time academic studies once they complete the highest level of the Pathway Program.

Students are not required to submit English proficiency test scores with theiapplication to SUNY New PaltzIf they do not submit English scores, then they will automatically be given conditional admission should they meet the academic requirements. 

All students will be administered a placement test during orientation. 

Istudents have taken an English proficiency test within the last two years they may be eligible for pre-placementand our office will be able to estimate the level that the student may start in the program. This in turn can help students to estimate the amount of time it will take to complete the Pathway Program.  

Students may submit any valid English test scores for consideration. The chart below shows our officially accepted test scores for pre-placement. 





Level 1 (Beginner) 




Level 2 (Intermediate) 




Level 3 (Advanced) 




Level 4 (Academic Purposes/Pathway) 




E-mail all scanned documents to 

 Pre-placement scores for Level 1 and Level 2 are unavailable. Levels will be determined during orientation week. 

* No band score below 5.0
** No band score below 5.5


SUNY New Paltz

December 1 for Spring semester (January start)* 
Art/Visual Art Education - April 15 
May 1 for Fall semester (August start) 
Art/Visual Art Education - October 15 

SUNY New Paltz reserves the right to alter application due dates without notice. 

*Instructions for Freshmen applying to a January term: 

  • Apply as “International Freshman” for the Fall 2020 semester. 
  • Follow up with an e-mail to intadmissions@newpaltz.eduIn the e-mail, indicate your desire to have your application changed to Spring 2020.  The changes will then be made here on the SUNY New Paltz campus and the review process will begin. 
  • The deadline for spring is December 1, but we recommend applying sooner, in order to process all necessary immigration documentation. 

SUNY New Paltz reserves the right to alter application due dates without notice. 

The Culinary Institute of America

The CIA has no application deadline. Visit their website for information about their enrollment schedule.

Click here for information about Levels and Duration offered at the Haggerty English Language Institute

We accept students of all language proficiency levels for our Intensive English Program but recommend that students have at least an Intermediate-level (CEFR A2) prior to arrival. Students who have a lower proficiency will be encouraged to work with a tutor or engage in additional self-study to ensure their success through the program.

Students will be placed in one of four levels (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, or Academic Purposes) depending on their level of proficiency. Coursework and class expectations will align with the students level of proficiency.


All full-time students will take 18-20 hours of classwork focused on developing their proficiency in English. By the time students are in Level 4 Academic Purposes, they are given two ways to complete the Pathway Program. Neither option adds additional time towards a students' undergraduate degree completion.

Accelerated Pathway 
Complete the Pathway in one semester

Students in Level 4 will be eligible to take 3-4 credits of academic content courses as part of the Accelerated Pathway model, in addition to 14 credits of ESL coursework, within one semester. Once the semester is complete, they can begin matriculate and begin their full-time academic studies without ESL assistance. 
A sample schedule for the semester would be: 

  • Reading and Writing (6 credits) 
  • Grammar (4 credits) 
  • Listening and Speaking (4 credits) 
  • Academic content course (3-4 credits) 

Plus additional 0-credit support workshops and labs to assist with your college-level writing assignments. 

Bridge Pathway 
Receive extra help and complete the Pathway Program in two semesters
Alternatively, students can be in the Pathway Program for two semestersThis means that students will have access to support from ESL faculty and staff for the full first year of their 4-year degree, and they can take advantage of the ESL Reading/Writing Lab for two semesters instead of one. 

A sample schedule would be: 

1st Semester2nd Semester
  • Reading and Writing (6 credits)
  • Grammar (4 credits)
  • Academic content courses (6 credits total)
  • Listening and Speaking (4 credits)
  • Academic content course: Composition I (3 credits)
  • Other academic content courses (9 credits total) 

 additional 0-credit support workshops and labs to assist with your college-level writing assignments.   

** By 
default students are placed in the Accelerated Pathway. Students interested in choosing the Bridge Pathway model should meet with the academic advisor to discuss. 


Click here to view upcoming dates and current cost for the Pathway Program.

For SUNY New Paltz undergraduate programs, Fall semester begins in August and Spring semester begins in January each year. Annual Tuition and Fees for the undergraduate programs can be found here on the international undergraduate admissions page.

Please visit the International Student Services page to complete your next steps:

  1. Steps to Enrollment
    Pre-Enrollment Deposit, health forms, airport pick-up request
  2. Applying for an F1 Student Visa
    How-to instructions and advice

Don't forget to send these documents to

  • Copy of Valid Passport (photo page only)
  • Official transcript and test scores
  • Financial Documentation

Note about Financial Documentation:

US Citizenship and Immigration Services requires evidence of sufficient funds for the duration of an international student's academic program. Official financial/bank statements indicating sufficient funds are required to support one's education at SUNY New Paltz for a period of at least one year.  

Bank statement amounts should total no less than $38,858.00 USD, to cover one year of tuition, as well as additional books, supplies and personal expenses. Financial documentation must be in English and must be in United States Dollars (USD) or shown at the applicable conversion rate.   

Submit the SUNY Foreign Student Financial Form with copies of financial documents verifying the availability of funding for undergraduate study in the United States to intadmissions@newpaltz.eduAfter we receive this and verify it, we will send you the I-20 document needed for your visa interview via DHL Express, and your SEVIS ID number and DHL tracking number will be sent to you by email. 

New Student Orientation is offered and mandatory for all international students and happens before classes begin. 

On-campus students will move into the residence halls, all students will meet academic advisers and finalize course registration, and students will be required to present immigration documents with the International Student Programs Office. Important information will be shared to all students, and there will also be time for social activities, tours of New Paltz, and meeting other new and continuing students.

JFK airport pick-up is available for reservation and can be reserved through your ISS Portal. 

Click here for the upcoming orientation schedule and other ISS Portal information.

SUNY New Paltz

Office Phone: +1 (845) 257-3595
Whatsapp: +1 (845) 419-8129
Email for application questions: 
Email for I-20/Orientation questions: 

Mailing Address:

State University of New York at New Paltz
Center for International Programs
Haggerty English Language Program
Van den berg Hall, Room 201 and 203
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, New York, 12561 USA

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The Culinary Institute of America

For questions about The Culinary Institute of America, please contact:
Stephen Sobierajski, Associate Director - International Admissions
Office Phone: +1 (845) 451-1526

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