Carmen Neghina
3 years ago

Routes to higher education


[REPORT] The global shape of pathway programmes: A $1.4 billion market on the rise.

Do the terms ‘foundation,’ ‘pathways,’ ‘into’, ‘pre-bachelors’ or  ‘pre-masters’ sound familiar? If the answer is no,  we really wouldn’t be surprised. This booming new market has only been around for maybe a decade, yet it’s already leaving its mark on international education.  Our latest research estimates the market to have already reached $1.4 billion by 2016 with no signs of slowing down in the coming years.

Routes to higher education: the global shape of pathway programmes is our latest report on the pathways landscape, covering over 2,200 study programmes listed on PreparationCoursesportal that give students access to higher education programmes around the world. The report examines additional programme features, including fees and entry requirements,  while also highlighting some of the key emerging trends.

Download report

If you want to learn more about pathway programmes, you can look to our full report to gain  a better insight into this newly emerging market, and view better explanations of the following topics: :

  • What is a pathway programme?
  • Which subjects do students choose?
  • What are the entry requirements?
  • What qualifications do students get?
  • How much do programmes cost?
  • How many programmes are there worldwide?
  • Who provides these programmes?
  • Where are the programmes located?
  • What is the global value of the market?
  • How do pathway programmes benefit universities?
  • Future trends in pathway programmes market.


October 2015 – Growth trends in pathway programmes

October 2015 – Helping incoming students meet university entry requirements

October 2015 – Setting up a successful foundation programme

Press releases

September 2015 – 1,000+ English-medium foundation programmes worldwide help international students access degrees

Book mentions

June 2016 – ICEF Monitor – Beyond the Horizon: The Near Future of International Education

In the media

October 2015 – Inside Higher Ed – The International Classroom

October 2015 – University World News – Growing pathways to study abroad

October 2015 – De la Cour Communications – Pathways to firmer foundations to study abroad

October 2015 – Evolllution – What Will It Take for the US To Be a Global Leader in Pathway Programs?

October 2015 – Schools and Agents – 1,000+ English-medium foundation programmes worldwide help international students access degrees

October 2015 – NAFSA News

September 2015 – Education Investor – Foundation programme market ‘worth $825 million’ 

September 2015 – Education Dive – Pathway programs help international students prepare for university rigor

September 2015 – BUILA – Worldwide pathways worth $825m a year; Europe to see growth

September 2015 – The Pie News – Worldwide pathways worth $825m a year; Europe to see growth

For more updates, follow us!


More Projects