Terms and conditions

US Pathway Program (USPP) students are required to follow all applicable rules and policies throughout their participation in the in-country-based portions of their programs. Once students arrive in the United States for the Summer Bridge program, they are responsible for meeting all expectations of them including applicable student conduct policies as details by the host university during the Summer Bridge program. Students should also be aware that their destination institution may also review student misconduct and provide additional sanctions where they deem necessary.

General responsibilities of USPP students

Visas and Summer Bridge arrival

A visa issued by the United States government is required to travel to the US to study. Failure to obtain a visa in time to travel to the US for the Summer Bridge will results in the student being unable to attend this part of the program. All students must arrive at the Summer Bridge program starting late May. NO late arrivals will be permitted.

  • Summer Bridge visa deadline: No later than five days before the Summer Bridge start date in late May.

Transition to destination institution

USPP students are not allowed to leave the United States during the short recess between their Summer Bridge program and the start of orientation at their destination institution. Each destination institution will coordinate the arrival of students on their campuses for the fall semester.

For Summer Programs held at Northeastern University, staff will work with USPP students destined for Baylor University, DePaul University, and Marist College to provide housing between the end of the Northeastern Summer Bridge and the earliest date move-in date at their destination institution, wherever possible. If housing is provided past the end date of the Northeastern Summer Bridge program, additional charges will apply.

Importance of course attendance and participation

Course attendance is centrally important to your academic success in the US Pathway Program. Attendance in each class is mandatory; you should arrive on time and prepared for discussion. Your attendance will be recorded by your instructors and integrated into your course grade. Attendance policies may vary by instructor and are detailed in the syllabus for each course. Violation of attendance policies will result in a lower grade or failure of the course. If you must miss class for any reason you must speak to your instructor directly. Missed work must be made up as quickly as possible.

Your admission to a CNAU or associate member university will be determined after Spring midterm exams. You just continue to attend class, on time and prepared for discussion, or your Spring term grade will be impacted. CNAU and associate member universities will review your Spring term final grades in April. If your GPA declines greatly, your admission decision may be rescinded.

Timely responses

Students are responsible for submitting required documents and materials by the set deadlines.

Email correspondence

In general, students should be aware that important deadlines, requests and other information is communicated via their official university email address. Students are strongly encouraged to check their university email accounts at least three times per week throughout the program. Students who neglect this responsibility may miss important information and potentially jeopardize their participation in the program.

Financial obligations

Students are expected fulfill all financial obligations to both Kaplan International as well as their Summer Bridge and destination institutions in a timely manner.

Student conduct

USPP students are responsible for following all policies related to their conduct as detailed to them while they are in-country and before and during the Summer Bridge program. This includes all residential life policies as well as policies related to academic integrity. After a student’s admission to their destination institution in March or April, USPP students are additionally responsible for following any applicable policies related to student responsibilities, behavior, academic integrity, or otherwise at their destination institution.

Transfer between CNAU institutions

Upon matriculating at destination institutions, students must study for at least one academic year before transferring to another CNAU institution.

Understanding admission and progression standards

Admission and progression standards are described in detail in the brochure catalog and USPP students are responsible for reviewing these standards and monitoring their own performance related to those standards.


Students are responsible for following the direction of their Student Service Representatives as well as CNAU representatives regarding any immunizations required for both their Summer Bridge and destination institutions.

Responsibility for your own success

While staff and instructors are here to help students succeed, often it is a student’s own initiative that will make the difference in grades. In general, each CNAU institution presents various opportunities for students to get involved in clubs, lectures, sports, events and other social outlets. It is the student’s responsibility to explore these opportunities and proactively seek out these opportunities as well as staff or instructor guidance. CNAU also strongly encourages all USPP students to seek out academic support from their destination institution. We expect that each student will have access to a full range of learning support services which will be of great benefit.