Pathway Program

Pathway Program

IH San Diego has partnered with two-year colleges and universities in the United States to offer Pathway Programs which allow students to enroll with TOEFL exam exemption.

There are six English levels at IH San Diego. A placement test conducted on the first day of school ensures students are placed in suitable class levels. In general, university Pathway Partners require students to complete either IH’s Level 4 or Level 5 by the time of their admissions application. Students are supported through regular counseling in order to ensure they are both well-informed of their Pathways University options and also prepared to submit admissions applications.
The on-site Japanese counselor provides students with peace of mind during the entire process, as she is able to clarify the process in both languages.

■Model schedule until university admission


■Daily Schedule

-8:20 Good morning!
8:30-9:20 Communication Skills
9:30-12:20 Core Classes
12:20-13:10 Lunch
13:10-14:00 Elective Classes
14:10-15:00 Elective Classes
15:00- Activity/Free Time

【Class Selection】

  • American culture
  • Academic English
  • Idioms
  • Test preparation (TOEIC, TOEFL, Cambridge Eiken, IELTS)

■Flow to admission

Upon enrollment at IH, students are placed in the appropriate level (1-6) based on their placement test score; and, level-up tests are conducted once every 12 weeks. Partner institutions vary in their IH level requirements. While most require completion (with a passing grade) of level 5, some schools accept level 4. Institution start-dates vary slightly, but generally occur either in September or January, with applications due two months prior. For specific deadlines please refer to specific institution websites.

Partner Institutions

4-year University National University

Tuition: $14,661

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Teaching & Education / Business & Marketing / Healthcare & Nursing / Social Sciences & Psychology / Engineering & Technology / Criminal Justice & Law / Arts & Humanities / Science & Math   etc.

【Academics & Campus Life】

National University’s year-round enrollment, unique class structure, plus online and campus class options allow students to customize their learning experience to meet their needs. In addition to regular course offerings, National University offers additional English Language support services including: English Communication Series (ECS); English for Academic Purposes (EAP); English for Specific Purposes (ESP); Business; and English Communication & Culture (ECC).

【Location/ Climate】

National University is a San Diego-based nonprofit university that offers over 100 on-campus and online undergraduate and graduate programs through two colleges (Letters, Arts & Sciences + ?Education) and four professional schools (Business & Management + Engineering & Computing + Health & Human Services + Professional Studies). With locations in both San Diego and Los Angeles, students can enjoy the Mediterranean climate and an amazing array of recreational lifestyles including hiking, surfing, diving, skiing, and snowboarding. Moreover, nearby national parks and historical attractions offer unique experiences of California culture.

2-year College Palomar College


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Arts, Media, and Business Administration Division / Career, Technical, and Extended Education / Counseling Services / Languages and Literature / Mathematics, Sciences, and Engineering / Social and Behavioral Sciences   etc.

【Academics & Campus Life】

California’s Palomar College is a two-year public college. The main site is located 48km north of San Diego in the city of San Marcos. Current student enrollment is about 28,600 with a mix of both full and part-time students. Palomar offers a wide variety of courses including Business, Computer Science, Languages, Architecture, Art, Fashion, Film, and more. Following undergraduate studies and/or completing a certification course, many students continue on to 4-year schools such as San Diego State University and California State University, San Marcos. Student support services offer advice and consultation to help advance student’s academic and career goals.

【Location/ Climate】

San Marcos is a city with a temperate climate conveniently located near a variety of entertainment & recreational options including professional sports venues, theaters, concert halls, and scenic hikes. Neighboring to the south, visit San Diego’s iconic Balboa Park, the world-famous San Diego Zoo, Legoland, or dozens of pristine beaches. A short drive to the north, visitors enjoy renowned Disneyland, California Adventure Park and Los Angeles. For grander adventures, students enjoy multi-day trips to destinations such as Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Mexico.

2-year College Santa Monica College


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Art / Automotive Technology / Business Communication and Media Studies / Computer Science and Information Systems / Cosmetology / Counseling / Dance / Design Technology / Earth Science Education / ECE / ESL / English / Environmental Science / Environmental Studies / Fashion Design and Merchandising / Health Sciences / History / Kinesiology and Athletics / Library Life Sciences / Mathematics / Modern Languages / Music / Photography / Physical Sciences / Psychology / Philosophy and Social Sciences / Theatre Arts   etc.

【Academics & Campus Life】

Ranked number 1 in transfers to California’s UC system (including UCLA), Santa Monica College is a public two-year college which offers a variety of certificate and degree programs in 100+ fields of study. Among the popular fields of study are health care, solar technology (& other green careers), entertainment technology, computer technology, & supply chain logistics. The campus boasts a wealth of resources including “smart classrooms” (outfitted with the latest technology), a planetarium, performing and visual arts spaces, state-of-the-art computer labs, athletics facilities and an award-winning science complex. It is at these facilities where students can enjoy a multitude of cultural and recreational offerings including concerts, plays, photography exhibits and guest lectures. Lastly, SMC hosts the largest international student population of any community college in the nation with 3,300 (of 34,000 total students) from more than 100 countries.

【Location/ Climate】

SMC is located on the west side of Los Angeles approximately 3km from the Pacific Ocean, iconic Santa Monica Pier, 3rd Street Promenade, and Venice Beach. Santa Monica is a lively city with an agreeable climate (300 days of sunshine per year) where residents enjoy a variety of recreational activities including running, hiking, volleyball, surfing, skating, biking, and beach volleyball year round. Winter months afford frequent weekend trips to neighboring mountains for skiing and snowboarding activities. For culture, museums and LA’s other famed attractions, just venture inland to enjoy the Getty Center, Hollywood, Universal Studios, Griffith Park and more. A few more hours away, students also enjoy trips to Las Vegas, or the Grand Canyon, plus weekend trips to Northern California and San Francisco.

2-year College MiraCosta College


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Accounting / Administration of Justice / Anthropology / Art / Astronomy / Biology / Biotechnology / Business Administration / Chemistry / Child Development / Communication / Computer Studies & Information Technology / Computer Science / Counseling / Dance / Design / Dramatic Arts / Economics / Education / English as a Second Language / Film / Geography / Geology / Health Education / History / Hospitality Management / Humanities / Linguistics / Literature / Mathematics / Media Arts & Technologies / Medical Administrative / Professional / Music / Nursing / Nutrition / Oceanography / Philosophy / Physics / Political Science / Psychology / Religious Studies / Surgical Technology etc.

【Academics & Campus Life】

The MiraCosta Community College District is located along San Diego’s picturesque California coastline. Nearby seaside villages offer unique and friendly experiences for locals and travelers alike. Nearby attractions include San Diego’s famed Balboa Park, the world renowned San Diego Zoo, and Legoland. ?Just over an hour to the north, tourists can go to Disneyland and innumerable adventures in Los Angeles, Hollywood and the surrounding areas.

【Location/ Climate】

MiraCosta College consists of two campus locations (Oceanside & San Elijo) plus the Technology Career Institute and Community Learning Center. Knowledgeable instructors, supportive faculty and engaging environments offer students ample resources to pursue their career goals. Out of all of the community colleges in San Diego County, MiraCosta College has one of the highest transfer rates to the University of California college system. Mira Costa offers six Academic and Career pathways including: 1) Business and Technology; 2) Creative & Applied Arts; 3) Health Sciences; 4) Languages, Communication &Humanities; 5) Math & Sciences; and 6) Social and Behavioral Sciences.