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Kaplan and the University of Utah Launch Global Pathways Program for International Students

Kaplan, the global education company, and the University of Utah have agreed to establish a Global Pathways Program starting in January 2010 that will prepare students from around the world for admission to the university.

The innovative 12-month program combines intensive English language training, university study skills preparation and the first year of a bachelor’s degree program. Students who successfully complete this program can progress directly into the second year, choosing from among 75 different majors.

Kaplan will provide marketing, recruitment and admissions support, as well as a wide range of student support services, from assisting with applications and immigration requirements to arranging accommodation. The university will provide the academic and English language instruction.

University of Utah President Michael Young said: “Recruiting students from abroad is an important part of our growing focus on internationalization. We are pleased to partner with Kaplan, combining our unique educational strengths with their experience in recruiting extraordinary students from other lands. We look forward to this partnership leading to increased enrollment of international students at the University of Utah.”

The University of Utah has more than 2,000 international students and scholars from more than 110 countries. The campus houses a Middle East Center and Confucius Institute and has been recognized internationally for its educational innovation. The university is ranked in America’s top 100 public universities and in the world’s top 100 business schools. There are more than 200 student organizations, an active student government and close ties with the local community.

David Jones, CEO of Kaplan International Colleges which runs the Global Pathways Programs, said: “We are delighted to be working with the University of Utah with its strong reputation for excellence in teaching and the importance it places on international students. Together, we will build a high quality program, tailored to the needs of international students pursuing a bachelor’s degree at the university.”

The university is located in Salt Lake City with the amenities of a large city, including an international airport, excellent public transportation network and vibrant cultural scene in a safe and supportive environment and at a reasonable cost of living. At the foothills of the spectacular Rocky Mountains, the university is in an area that offers year-round outdoor recreation including some of the best skiing and hiking in the world.

To learn more about Kaplan’s Global Pathways Programs or to complete a free application, please visit: Students can speak to a Pathways representative in their country by e-mailing:

The Global Pathways Program is run by Kaplan International Colleges which provides high-quality academic pathway and English language programs for students aspiring to gain entry into degree programs at a range of internationally recognized universities. In the US, we operate a Global Pathways Program with Northeastern University, attracting 700 students from 25 countries within two years of operation. In the UK this September, we will recruit 2,500 students to Global Pathways Programs we operate with six partner universities in the UK: University of Glasgow, University of Liverpool, The University of Sheffield, Nottingham Trent University, City University and University of Southampton. In Australia, Kaplan provides a pathways program for 1,500 students to University of Adelaide through Bradford College, Kaplan Business School Australia and recently acquired Murdoch Institute of Technology (MIT) in Perth, which prepares students for Murdoch University.

Kaplan, Inc. is a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Kaplan is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO) and its largest and fastest-growing division. For more information, please visit

The University of Utah is the flagship institution of the Utah System of Higher Education. Founded in 1850, it is the first and largest public higher education institution in Utah, with more than 28,000 students and a campus comprising almost 1,500 acres in the eastern foothills of Salt Lake City. A major academic and research institution with an extensive health sciences center, the University offers majors in 72 subjects at the undergraduate level and more than 90 major fields of study at the graduate level including law and medical schools. For more information, please visit