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About GSSP

The Virginia Commonwealth University Global Student Success Program is designed to ensure you gain the necessary skills to excel in your undergraduate or graduate degree program.

Global Student Success Program: Undergraduate

The GSSP - Undergraduate is equivalent to the first year of a bachelor’s degree program. The GSSP consists of for-credit coursework and provides an academic and cultural bridge from your high school experience to studying at a university in the United States. When you successfully complete the GSSP, you will move directly into the second year of your undergraduate degree program.

Global Student Success Program: Graduate

The GSSP - Graduate is a two-semester program designed for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree, but need additional academic and/or English support to gain entry to a master’s degree program. No GRE/GMAT is needed to apply.

Fast Facts:


On-campus pathway program for international students


  • Study at a campus-based university in a small city with the combination of all the resources a city has to offer and access to many recreational and outdoor activities.
  • Small class sizes mean you get more personal attention from your professors
  • Combined Letter of Offer for the Global Student Success Program and Virginia Commonwealth University
  • No SAT, ACT, GRE or GMAT required for admissions


VCU campus


Start in: January and August