On Campus Plus in New York State


Your Pathway to leading universities in New York State


The On Campus Plus in New York State is the fast, flexible and guaranteed pathway to your American degree.

How it works:

  • Enroll on the First Year at Canisius (no need for a pre-sessional Year 0)
  • Study in classes with American students taught by Canisius faculty
  • At the same time, benefit from the support and guidance of Kings counselors based on-campus
  • After successfully completing Year 1, you are guaranteed to complete your degree at Canisius
  • Or you can transfer to complete your major at either the State University of New York, Albany or State University of New York, Geneseo.
  • Either way, you will have your degree in just four years – the same as American students

Course content and structure

The Academic modules are taught by Canisius university faculty and attended by all students. This means you will be studying and mixing with American students right from the start of your course.

Aside from the Academic modules, 1+3 Pathway students benefit from the Profile Builder and Premium University Counseling, services we build around the academic modules, which aim to develop specific skills and knowledge students need to succeed in the American university system.

1 - Academic modules across 5 pathways

Students can choose one of five pathways:

  • Computer Science
  • Liberal Arts
  • Engineering and Sciences
  • Business
  • Digital Media Arts
PathwaysSemester 1 (Fall)Semester 2 (Spring)
Computer Science First Year Seminar
Intro to Religious Studies
Art History
Writing about Literature
Intro to Philosophy
Intro to Programming
European History
Liberal Arts First Year Seminar
Intro to RST
Intro to Art History
Intro to Comparative Politics and Government
Writing about Literature
Intro to Philosophy
European History
Engineering and Sciences First Year Seminar
General Chemistry 1
Computer Programming
Intro to Engineering Design
Writing about Literature
General Chemistry II
General Physics 1
Intro to RST
Business First Year Seminar
Intro to RST
Management Technology
Writing about Literature
Intro to Philosophy
Mathematics or Business Statistics
Intro to Management
Digital Media Arts First Year Seminar
Intro to Religious Studies
Intro to Art History
Intro to Digital Media
Intro to Web Computing
Writing about Literature
Intro to Philosophy
European History
Digital Media Culture
Physical Geography


2 - Profile Builder

The aim of our Profile Builder is to help each student to enhance their personal profile by maximizing their own potential so they stand out from the rest:

  • Support in adapting to American culture and the American education system
  • Advice on writing a great Statement of Purpose
  • Developing interview skills and techniques
  • Guidance and advice about community and volunteering activities
  • Helping maximize scholarship opportunities for talents in sports, music or other areas
  • Developing personal and communication skills


3 - Premium University Counseling

The course includes specialist help in choosing the right university for you from the options available. You will have five one-to-one interviews by our dedicated, specialist University Counselors.

These will:

  • Assess the specific needs and requirements of each student
  • Organise regular visits to and from universities
  • Map out a strategy, personalized to each student, for application to colleges and universities by helping the student to define the universities admissions requirements and develop a strong Statement of Purpose
  • Help students strategize about getting the appropriate letters of recommendation and other supporting documents
  • Help in putting together a strong application
  • Ensure follow up with University Admissions committees

Quick Facts

Location: Canisius campus in Buffalo, New York State for the first year and depending on student’s choice, a range of universities in New York State and beyond.

Fees: $33,270 (estimated) per year 

Next start dates: August 2014, January 2015 

Course length: 4 years (Freshman at Canisius and Sophomore, Junior and Senior Years depending on student’s choice) 

Average class size: 20 

Entry requirements:

English: TOEFL iBT 79/IELTS 6.0 or equivalent*

Academic: Completed Senior High School and an average GPA of 3.0

Minimum age: 17

*If the TOEFL iBT/IELTS score is lower than the above and equivalent or higher than TOEFL iBT 35, students can still apply for this program but will need to take 1-3 terms of Academic Preparation Program to progress their English language to the required score.

University progression options

On successful completion of Year 1 at Canisius and depending on subjects and grades achieved, you can choose to finish your degree at one of the following universities: