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International Year One in Humanities and Social Sciences

International Year One in Humanities and Social Sciences will prepare you to enter your next semester of a bachelor’s degree program at George Mason University. Upon successful completion of International Year One and meeting university requirements for undergraduate admission, you may enter your next semester of undergraduate study at George Mason University. This transition from an INTO Mason program to a university degree program is called progression.

Degree Program Components

2-Semester:

  • 120 credit hour program
  • 27-31 credit hours apply from Pathway
  • 89-93 credit hours remaining toward degree

1-Semester:

  • 120 credit hour program
  • 15-16 credit hours apply from Pathway
  • 104-105 credit hours remaining toward degree

Course features

  • Begin earning credits toward your degree even if you don’t meet the academic and English requirements for direct entry.
  • Receive additional support to move you successfully through your first year at a US university.
  • Graduate in the same amount of time as domestic students.
  • Smaller class sizes allow you to spend more time with your teachers.
  • Develop the knowledge and skills for your degree through your chosen pathway.
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This International Year One 1-Semester Pathway lasts six months and is designed for students who already have a higher level of English.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

TOEFL iBT 80 (17 subscores in reading and writing), IELTS 6.5 (6.0 subscores in reading and writing), PTEA 53+, Completion of Academic English Core and OCS Level 5 or higher, or IELA 176 overall (169 subscores in reading and writing).

Age requirements: 17 years and above
Academic requirements:

High school diploma; 2.5 minimum GPA equivalent.

Don't meet the English language level?
Apply for our Academic English

Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Tuition
15 January 2019 15 May 2019 1 Semester $21,150

Class information

Class hours:

17-21 hours per week

Class size: 20

This International Year One 2-Semester Pathway lasts 12 months and is designed for students who have a moderate level of English.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

TOEFL iBT 60 (13 subscores in reading and listening), IELTS 5.5 (5.5 subscores in reading and listening), PTEA 45+, Password 6.0 in Knowledge and 5.0 in Writing, Completion of Academic English Core and OCS Level 4 or higher, or IELA 162 overall (162 subscores in reading and listening).

Age requirements: 17 years and above
Academic requirements:

High school diploma; 2.5 minimum GPA equivalent.

Don't meet the English language level?
Apply for our Academic English

Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Tuition
15 January 2019 9 August 2019 2 Semesters $36,800

Class information

Class hours:

17-21 hours per week

Class size: 20

This International Year One 3-Semester Pathway lasts 18 months and is designed for students who need a more intensive English-language program.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

TOEFL iBT 50 (10 all subscores), IELTS 5.0 (4.5 all subscores), PTEA 41, Password 5.0 in Knowledge and 4.0 in Writing, Completion of Academic English Core and OCS Level 3 or higher, or IELA 154 (147 all subscores).

Age requirements: 17 years and above
Academic requirements:

High school diploma; 2.5 minimum GPA equivalent.

Don't meet the English language level?
Apply for our Academic English

Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Tuition
15 January 2019 17 December 2019 3 Semesters $46,150

Class information

Class hours:

17-21 hours per week

Class size: 20

Please select your course delivery method with the toggle below.
This International Year One 1-Semester Pathway lasts six months and is designed for students who already have a higher level of English.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

TOEFL iBT 80 (17 subscores in reading and writing), IELTS 6.5 (6.0 subscores in reading and writing), PTEA 53+, Completion of Academic English Core and OCS Level 5 or higher, or IELA 176 overall (169 subscores in reading and writing).

Age requirements: 17 years and above
Academic requirements:

High school diploma; 2.5 minimum GPA equivalent.

Don't meet the English language level?
Apply for our Academic English

Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Tuition
19 August 2019 18 December 2019 1 Semester *
14 January 2020 13 May 2020 1 Semester *

*Please note that the prices for courses due to commence in the academic year 2019 – 2020 have not yet been confirmed. The prices shown for the current academic year of 2018 – 2019 will be subject to an increase of up to a maximum of 4%. As soon as the prices for 2019 – 2020 are confirmed they will be updated so please continue to check here for the most up to date information*.


Class information

Class hours:

17-21 hours per week

Class size: 20

This International Year One 2-Semester Pathway lasts 12 months and is designed for students who have a moderate level of English.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

TOEFL iBT 60 (13 subscores in reading and listening), IELTS 5.5 (5.5 subscores in reading and listening), PTEA 45+, Password 6.0 in Knowledge and 5.0 in Writing, Completion of Academic English Core and OCS Level 4 or higher, or IELA 162 overall (162 subscores in reading and listening).

Age requirements: 17 years and above
Academic requirements:

High school diploma; 2.5 minimum GPA equivalent.

Don't meet the English language level?
Apply for our Academic English

Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Tuition
19 August 2019 13 May 2020 2 Semesters *
14 January 2020 7 August 2020 2 Semesters *

*Please note that the prices for courses due to commence in the academic year 2019 – 2020 have not yet been confirmed. The prices shown for the current academic year of 2018 – 2019 will be subject to an increase of up to a maximum of 4%. As soon as the prices for 2019 – 2020 are confirmed they will be updated so please continue to check here for the most up to date information*.


Class information

Class hours:

17-21 hours per week

Class size: 20

This International Year One 3-Semester Pathway lasts 18 months and is designed for students who need a more intensive English-language program.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

TOEFL iBT 50 (10 all subscores), IELTS 5.0 (4.5 all subscores), PTEA 41, Password 5.0 in Knowledge and 4.0 in Writing, Completion of Academic English Core and OCS Level 3 or higher, or IELA 154 (147 all subscores).

Age requirements: 17 years and above
Academic requirements:

High school diploma; 2.5 minimum GPA equivalent.

Don't meet the English language level?
Apply for our Academic English

Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Tuition
19 August 2019 7 August 2020 3 Semesters *
14 January 2020 15 December 2020 3 Semesters *

*Please note that the prices for courses due to commence in the academic year 2019 – 2020 have not yet been confirmed. The prices shown for the current academic year of 2018 – 2019 will be subject to an increase of up to a maximum of 4%. As soon as the prices for 2019 – 2020 are confirmed they will be updated so please continue to check here for the most up to date information*.


Class information

Class hours:

17-21 hours per week

Class size: 20

Please select your course delivery method with the toggle below.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

TOEFL iBT 80 (17 subscores in reading and writing), IELTS 6.5 (6.0 subscores in reading and writing), PTEA 53+, Completion of Academic English Core and OCS Level 5 or higher, or IELA 176 overall (169 subscores in reading and writing).

Age requirements: 17 years and above
Academic requirements:

High school diploma; 2.5 minimum GPA equivalent.

Don't meet the English language level?
Apply for our Academic English

Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Tuition
15 January 2019 15 May 2019 1 Semester $21,150

Class information

Class hours:

17-21 hours per week

Class size: 20

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

TOEFL iBT 60 (13 subscores in reading and listening), IELTS 5.5 (5.5 subscores in reading and listening), PTEA 45+, Password 6.0 in Knowledge and 5.0 in Writing, Completion of Academic English Core and OCS Level 4 or higher, or IELA 162 overall (162 subscores in reading and listening).

Age requirements: 17 years and above
Academic requirements:

High school diploma; 2.5 minimum GPA equivalent.

Don't meet the English language level?
Apply for our Academic English

Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Tuition
15 January 2019 9 August 2019 2 Semesters $36,800

Class information

Class hours:

17-21 hours per week

Class size: 20

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

TOEFL iBT 50 (10 all subscores), IELTS 5.0 (4.5 all subscores), PTEA 41, Password 5.0 in Knowledge and 4.0 in Writing, Completion of Academic English Core and OCS Level 3 or higher, or IELA 154 (147 all subscores).

Age requirements: 17 years and above
Academic requirements:

High school diploma; 2.5 minimum GPA equivalent.

Don't meet the English language level?
Apply for our Academic English

Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Tuition
15 January 2019 17 December 2019 3 Semesters $46,150

Class information

Class hours:

17-21 hours per week

Class size: 20
Please select your course delivery method with the toggle below.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

TOEFL iBT 80 (17 subscores in reading and writing), IELTS 6.5 (6.0 subscores in reading and writing), PTEA 53+, Completion of Academic English Core and OCS Level 5 or higher, or IELA 176 overall (169 subscores in reading and writing).

Age requirements: 17 years and above
Academic requirements:

High school diploma; 2.5 minimum GPA equivalent.

Don't meet the English language level?
Apply for our Academic English

Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Tuition
19 August 2019 18 December 2019 1 Semester *
14 January 2020 13 May 2020 1 Semester *

*Please note that the prices for courses due to commence in the academic year 2019 – 2020 have not yet been confirmed. The prices shown for the current academic year of 2018 – 2019 will be subject to an increase of up to a maximum of 4%. As soon as the prices for 2019 – 2020 are confirmed they will be updated so please continue to check here for the most up to date information*.

Class information

Class hours:

17-21 hours per week

Class size: 20

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

TOEFL iBT 60 (13 subscores in reading and listening), IELTS 5.5 (5.5 subscores in reading and listening), PTEA 45+, Password 6.0 in Knowledge and 5.0 in Writing, Completion of Academic English Core and OCS Level 4 or higher, or IELA 162 overall (162 subscores in reading and listening).

Age requirements: 17 years and above
Academic requirements:

High school diploma; 2.5 minimum GPA equivalent.

Don't meet the English language level?
Apply for our Academic English

Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Tuition
19 August 2019 13 May 2020 2 Semesters *
14 January 2020 7 August 2020 2 Semesters *

*Please note that the prices for courses due to commence in the academic year 2019 – 2020 have not yet been confirmed. The prices shown for the current academic year of 2018 – 2019 will be subject to an increase of up to a maximum of 4%. As soon as the prices for 2019 – 2020 are confirmed they will be updated so please continue to check here for the most up to date information*.

Class information

Class hours:

17-21 hours per week

Class size: 20

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

TOEFL iBT 50 (10 all subscores), IELTS 5.0 (4.5 all subscores), PTEA 41, Password 5.0 in Knowledge and 4.0 in Writing, Completion of Academic English Core and OCS Level 3 or higher, or IELA 154 (147 all subscores).

Age requirements: 17 years and above
Academic requirements:

High school diploma; 2.5 minimum GPA equivalent.

Don't meet the English language level?
Apply for our Academic English

Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Tuition
19 August 2019 7 August 2020 3 Semesters *
14 January 2020 15 December 2020 3 Semesters *

*Please note that the prices for courses due to commence in the academic year 2019 – 2020 have not yet been confirmed. The prices shown for the current academic year of 2018 – 2019 will be subject to an increase of up to a maximum of 4%. As soon as the prices for 2019 – 2020 are confirmed they will be updated so please continue to check here for the most up to date information*.

Class information

Class hours:

17-21 hours per week

Class size: 20
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