Welcome to the US Pathway Program

The US Pathway Program provides a truly international education. You’ll have the unique opportunity to study in 2 countries and up to 3 locations while you earn a US degree.

Benefits of the US Pathway Program include:

  • Up to 1 year’s worth of academic credit toward your US bachelor’s degree
  • Dedicated academic support for success at US university
  • Classes taught using US university teaching styles
  • Build an impressive résumé through international study and work experience

How USPP works


Program structure

Year 1: Fall and Spring terms in China, Nigeria or the UK

Your first 2 terms of USPP will be taught in China, Nigeria or the UK. CNAU-approved faculty use US teaching styles to help you become familiar with an American university classroom before you even set foot in the United States.

The shorter Fall term curriculum allows you to adjust to the USPP program, your instructors and life as a USPP student. Spring term courses channel you toward your area of focus, through one of 2 tracks:

  • Business and Humanities for business, arts, science, and social science majors
  • Engineering and Computer Science for engineering and computing majors

Learn more about Fall and Spring terms

Year 1: Summer Bridge term in the USA

With this foundation, you will travel to Boston for the Summer Bridge term at Northeastern University—an immersive experience designed to help you transition to life as an international student in the USA.

Learn more about the Summer Bridge term

Progression to your US university

Following successful completion of the Fall, Spring and Summer Bridge terms, you will matriculate at your chosen US university. If the grades you earned in your Year 1 courses meet the minimum requirements of your university and program, you will be able to transfer up to 1 year’s worth of credits toward your degree.

Learn more about progression requirements

Earn 1 year of credits

You can earn enough credits during the US Pathway Program to transfer to the 2nd year of your bachelor’s degree*:

  • 6 credits in Fall term
  • 14 credits in Spring term
  • 12-14 credits in Summer Bridge

*A minimum course grade of C is required to transfer credit to a CNAU institution.

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Timeline to US university matriculation

This example is a typical program structure, and may vary regionally depending on local holidays and class schedules.

  • Start your US Pathway Program journey with your in-country induction and orientation week. Meet staff and teachers, learn about the program structure and expectations, and get to know your new classmates.
  • After orientation week, enroll in the 9-week Fall term.
  • Fall midterm exams
  • Fall term exams signal the end of the first term.
  • Your 15-week Spring term begins. If you are in China, you will begin in late December and enjoy a break during the Spring Festival Holiday.
  • Receive your Fall term grade point average (GPA) results and begin to consider which CNAU universities are most suitable for you.
  • Between late January and early February, representatives from CNAU visit and share more information about their universities. Come prepared with lots of questions!
  • USPP staff provide counseling on university options, application processes and degree choices. Your Spring Midterm exam and Fall term final results are an important part of your admission decision.
  • With USPP staff guidance, submit your preferences for 3 CNAU universities.
  • Receive your university admission decision(s) and I-20 visa document by the end of the month.
  • Following Spring term final exams, your final grades are reviewed and your Summer Bridge schedule finalized. Time to pack for your move to the USA!
  • Apply for your US visa. The deadline to receive your visa is 5 days before the Summer Bridge program start date.
  • Travel to the USA for Summer Bridge. A crew of staff and volunteers is excited to welcome you!
  • Attend Arrival Week, designed to help you adjust to your summer term home and introduce you to the campus and city.
  • The 9-week Summer Bridge program begins. Classes such as Exploring America and Music of the USA teach you about American history and culture, and field trips introduce you to nearby places of importance.
  • A representative from your CNAU destination university visits to help you prepare for your transition following the Summer Bridge.
  • While your classes keep you busy, there is still time to enjoy fun activities and explore the city.
  • Summer Bridge term finals – and time to prepare for your next step!
  • Summer Bridge grades are reviewed and final progression decisions are made by CNAU.
  • Your Summer Bridge hosts have planned fun community volunteering activities and other excursions before a final farewell celebration at the end of the term.
  • Before the end of the month, it is time to move to your destination CNAU university!
  • Matriculate to your CNAU university, joining classes with American and other international students.
  • In as few as 32 months, you can earn an American bachelor’s degree.