University Abroad Pathway Program Orientation: A Targeted Design for Chinese Students

Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

David Shallenberger

Second Advisor

Lynée Connelly


The following paper presents a short-term orientation program for the University Abroad Pathway Program located in Colchester, Vermont. The program brings Chinese students to study in the Saint Michael’s College English Language Programs and provides them with additional student support services. University Abroad’s pathway program is a bridge for students who will eventually transfer to degree-granting institutions, but first require additional language support. University Abroad is partnered with the International Education Consortium, a group of six elite schools in the northeast, and together they guarantee admission to at least one school upon completion of the pathway program.

This proposed orientation program is a seven-day program based in New York City and Vermont and aims to prepare all pathway participants for success in their program. The program provides this preparation by way of lectures, workshops, social activities, and cultural activities. The focus of the seven-day program is on transitioning to a new culture, cultivating understanding of the United States, and building academic skills for success.

University Abroad Pathway Program Orientation: A Targeted Design for Chinese Students was created out of a determined need to provide unique support services to Chinese students coming to study at Saint Michael’s College. The design has been informed using best practices in the field, credible student development theories, and cultural information specific to China.


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Education | International and Comparative Education

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