Opportunities for Every International Student with UStart

With the UStart program, international students from all academic backgrounds and proficiencies get the support and guidance to successfully pursue a US university degree, including admission to Cleveland State University!

Tailored specifically for international students whose academic credentials may not meet traditional entry requirements, UStart builds students’ academic skills and cultural awareness, all in a welcoming and encouraging environment.

Best of all, international students who successfully complete UStart will be empowered to pursue their goals with confidence, including admission to Cleveland State University!

All Skill Sets Welcome with UStart

Offering a mix of academic courses and English language instruction, UStart curriculum is designed for students who are currently unqualified for Direct or Pathway entry at other Shorelight universities. International students of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Automatic Progression to Cleveland State University

International students who successfully complete UStart will qualify to continue their degree studies at Cleveland State* – no separate application required. With this clear path to a US university degree program, students can focus on what really matters – their first-year studies – without the additional pressure of upcoming admissions and acceptance processes.

Empowered Students

UStart’s extensive support services include English-language tutoring and one-on-one academic advising. A flexible program structure, with two placement tracks and two semesters available, enables students to learn and work at their own pace.

“UStart is designed to support the entire student,” says Dr. Robert Schleper, Cleveland State Global. “Navigating the college experience can be difficult under the best of circumstances, so our program includes individualized academic advising, social and cultural support, language services, and in-house coursework geared toward student success. We believe every student has the ability to learn and grow, and we’ve built a program to facilitate the best academic experience.”

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