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With unprecedented growth in the United States, pathway programs are changing the international student landscape.

Pathway programs provide new international student pipelines by harnessing the recruitment and marketing expertise of private companies with the academic and campus programming of U.S. institutions. Though there are many questions in the field about their impact, pathway programs are here to stay as institutions look for ways to grow their international student populations.

Join us in this upcoming live e-Learning Seminar to discuss the different pathway program models. Identify key considerations when making assessments and decisions on partnering with program providers.

The event will offer a variety of ideas, examples, and resources that can be used to engage campus stakeholders in determining the appropriate strategy for your campus.


After attending this live NAFSA e-Learning Seminar, you will be able to:

  • Recognize trends in the current landscape of pathway programs;
  • Identify key considerations for working with pathway programs;
  • Develop strategies to maintain admission and academic standards and practices.

The content will be relevant to those working in international student services; recruitment and admissions; intensive English programs; campus internationalization; and international education leadership.


Mihaela N. Metianu, PhD
Florida Atlantic University

Mihaela N. Metianu is the director of international student and scholar services at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and has more than 16 years of experience in the field of international education. Over the past 2 years, she has played an integral role in the onboarding of the Navitas at FAU pathway program for undergraduate and graduate entry to the university. Metianu is a member of NAFSA’s International Student and Scholar Regulatory Practice Committee as the chair of the International Student Subcommittee.

Rahul Choudaha, PhD
DrEducation, LLC

Rahul Choudaha is the principal researcher and CEO of DrEducation, LLC, a global higher education research and consulting firm. Choudaha is a contributor to Forbes, Huffington Post, and University World News, and has presented more than 100 sessions at professional conferences. He was also the principal investigator NAFSA’s research report on improving international student experiences. As an adjunct, he has taught graduate courses at New York University and Baruch College. Choudaha holds a doctorate in higher education from the University of Denver. He earned a master’s degree in management and a bachelor’s degree in engineering in India.

Shannon Paul
Adelphi University

Shannon Paul is director of international admissions at Adelphi University. She started at Adelphi in 2005 as an assistant director of admissions, recruiting throughout Long Island, the northeast United States, and California. She became involved with international recruitment in 2007, and is now responsible for all aspects of the international admissions and recruitment plan. Paul did her undergraduate studies at Adelphi University and St. Joseph’s College, where she earned her BA degree. Adelphi University will be launching a program with Shorelight Education in Fall 2016.