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DePaul launches Global Pathway Program (GPP)

We are excited to announce that in Winter 2019 we officially launched a new initiative, The Global Pathway Program (GPP).  The GPP is designed to assist international students in developing English proficiency while taking academic coursework to prepare them for matriculation into their degree programs. GPP was created to maintain and increase the diversity of our student body and continue to ensure that DePaul students are exposed to a broad global perspective in their coursework and peer group.  

The first GPP cohort includes graduate students majoring in Finance and Management in the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business and Computer Science majors from Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media ​. Almost equally divided between the two graduate schools, the Pathway group is comprised of 13 students from China, India, Vietnam and Thailand. In addition to the DePaul coursework, Pathway students are also required to attend social and cultural events as well as bi-weekly advising meetings.  This term, the Pathway students have gone bowling at 10 pin, sung Karaoke at Sakura Karaoke Bar, eaten lunch at Quartino and gone to the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Grant Park. 

Spring 2019Gretchen Frickx, the Program Director, is new to DePaul, but not to higher education, having spent over 20 years in various areas of higher education including Academic Affairs, Admissions, Institutional Effectiveness, Advising and Student Management.  Gretchen says, “Working with these students and the talented team at DePaul has been a wonderful experience. I am looking forward to welcome our undergraduate students this Autumn!” 

The Undergraduate Global Pathway is scheduled to launch for the Autumn 2019 term, and our partner’s marketing and recruitment team is hard at work spreading the word about the Pathway and DePaul.  We look forward to sharing more updates about the program and our new incoming students next fall.​​​​​