International Year One in General Exploratory

International Year One in General Exploratory 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.

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Want to customize your studies to suit you? We’d love to see you on campus, but if you are unable to travel, our flexible learning options allow you to start your degree right away, wherever you are, on-campus or online.

No matter where and how you study, we guarantee the same high-quality programs and faculty and the same outcomes.

When you’re able to join us in person, we’ll make the transition to on-campus learning as smooth as possible, supporting you every step of the way. And with our partner universities carefully following COVID-19 regulations, we’ll always put your health and wellbeing first, so you can focus on what matters – your future.

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 program.
  • Start taking classes in your major while progressing through the IYO program.
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Your course options

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This International Year One 1-Semester program 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 reading & writing subscores), IELTS 6.5 (6.0 reading & writing subscores), TOEFL Essentials 7.5 (7.0 reading & writing subscores), Completion of AE Core and OCS Level 5 with no grade below C, IELA 176 (169 reading & writing subscores), PTEA 53, or Duolingo 100.

Age requirements: 17 years and above
Academic requirements:

High school diploma; 2.3 minimum GPA equivalent.

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

We are committed to helping talented and ambitious international students like you achieve their goals of studying at George Mason University. We award scholarships for our Pathway programs in amounts that are typically between $1,000 to $18,000 per program per qualified student.


Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Tuition
18 January 2022 11 May 2022 1 Semester
View Term dates
$23,110
15 August 2022 14 December 2022 1 Semester
View Term dates
$23,805
10 January 2023 10 May 2023 1 Semester
View Term dates
$23,805

Class information

Maximum class size (for English language teaching): 20
Course Delivery Method On-Campus
Class duration:

17-21 hours per week


Where will it take me?

This course leads to the following degrees:

What do I need to progress?

Minimum overall 2.5 GPA. No grade below a C. No grades of NC, W, or IN permitted.

This International Year One 2-Semester program 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 reading & listening subscores), IELTS 5.5 (5.5 reading & listening subscores), Password 6.0 in Knowledge & 5.0 in Writing, TOEFL Essentials 6.5 (6.0 reading & listening subscores), Completion of AE Core and OCS Level 4 with no grade below C, IELA 155 (145 reading & listening subscores), PTEA 45, or Duolingo 90.

Age requirements: 17 years and above
Academic requirements:

High school diploma; 2.3 minimum GPA equivalent.

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

We are committed to helping talented and ambitious international students like you achieve their goals of studying at George Mason University. We award scholarships for our Pathway programs in amounts that are typically between $1,000 to $18,000 per program per qualified student.


Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Tuition
18 January 2022 5 August 2022 2 Semesters
View Term dates
$40,210
15 August 2022 10 May 2023 2 Semesters
View Term dates
$41,415
10 January 2023 4 August 2023 2 Semesters
View Term dates
$41,415

Class information

Maximum class size (for English language teaching): 20
Course Delivery Method On-Campus
Class duration:

17-21 hours per week


Where will it take me?

This course leads to the following degrees:

What do I need to progress?

Minimum overall 2.5 GPA. No grade below a C. No grades of NC, W, or IN permitted.

This International Year One 3-Semester program 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), Password 5.0 in Knowledge & 4.0 in Writing, TOEFL Essentials 6.0 (5.0 all subscores), Completion of AE Core and OCS Level 4 with no grade below C, IELA 145 (135 all subscores), PTEA 41, or Duolingo 80.

Age requirements: 17 years and above
Academic requirements:

High school diploma; 2.3 minimum GPA equivalent.

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

We are committed to helping talented and ambitious international students like you achieve their goals of studying at George Mason University. We award scholarships for our Pathway programs in amounts that are typically between $1,000 to $18,000 per program per qualified student.


Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Tuition
18 January 2022 13 December 2022 3 Semester
View Term dates
$50,420
15 August 2022 4 August 2023 3 Semester
View Term dates
$51,935
10 January 2023 12 December 2023 3 Semester
View Term dates
$51,935

Class information

Maximum class size (for English language teaching): 20
Course Delivery Method On-Campus
Class duration:

17-21 hours per week


Where will it take me?

This course leads to the following degrees:

What do I need to progress?

Minimum overall 2.5 GPA. No grade below a C. No grades of NC, W, or IN permitted.

Please select your course delivery method with the toggle below.
This International Year One 1-Semester program 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 reading & writing subscores), IELTS 6.5 (6.0 reading & writing subscores), TOEFL Essentials 7.5 (7.0 reading & writing subscores), Completion of AE Core and OCS Level 5 with no grade below C, IELA 176 (169 reading & writing subscores), PTEA 53, or Duolingo 100.

Age requirements: 17 years and above
Academic requirements:

High school diploma; 2.3 minimum GPA equivalent.

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

We are committed to helping talented and ambitious international students like you achieve their goals of studying at George Mason University. We award scholarships for our Pathway programs in amounts that are typically between $1,000 to $18,000 per program per qualified student.


Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Tuition
18 January 2022 11 May 2022 1 Semester
View Term dates
$23,110
15 August 2022 14 December 2022 1 Semester
View Term dates
$23,805
10 January 2023 10 May 2023 1 Semester
View Term dates
$23,805

Class information

Maximum class size (for English language teaching): 20
Course Delivery Method On-Campus
Class duration:

17-21 hours per week


Where will it take me?

This course leads to the following degrees:

What do I need to progress?

Minimum overall 2.5 GPA. No grade below a C. No grades of NC, W, or IN permitted.

This International Year One 2-Semester program 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 reading & listening subscores), IELTS 5.5 (5.5 reading & listening subscores), Password 6.0 in Knowledge & 5.0 in Writing, TOEFL Essentials 6.5 (6.0 reading & listening subscores), Completion of AE Core and OCS Level 4 with no grade below C, IELA 155 (145 reading & listening subscores), PTEA 45, or Duolingo 90.

Age requirements: 17 years and above
Academic requirements:

High school diploma; 2.3 minimum GPA equivalent.

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

We are committed to helping talented and ambitious international students like you achieve their goals of studying at George Mason University. We award scholarships for our Pathway programs in amounts that are typically between $1,000 to $18,000 per program per qualified student.


Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Tuition
18 January 2022 5 August 2022 2 Semesters
View Term dates
$40,210
15 August 2022 10 May 2023 2 Semesters
View Term dates
$41,415
10 January 2023 4 August 2023 2 Semesters
View Term dates
$41,415

Class information

Maximum class size (for English language teaching): 20
Course Delivery Method On-Campus
Class duration:

17-21 hours per week


Where will it take me?

This course leads to the following degrees:

What do I need to progress?

Minimum overall 2.5 GPA. No grade below a C. No grades of NC, W, or IN permitted.

This International Year One 3-Semester program 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), Password 5.0 in Knowledge & 4.0 in Writing, TOEFL Essentials 6.0 (5.0 all subscores), Completion of AE Core and OCS Level 4 with no grade below C, IELA 145 (135 all subscores), PTEA 41, or Duolingo 80.

Age requirements: 17 years and above
Academic requirements:

High school diploma; 2.3 minimum GPA equivalent.

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

We are committed to helping talented and ambitious international students like you achieve their goals of studying at George Mason University. We award scholarships for our Pathway programs in amounts that are typically between $1,000 to $18,000 per program per qualified student.


Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Tuition
18 January 2022 13 December 2022 3 Semester
View Term dates
$50,420
15 August 2022 4 August 2023 3 Semester
View Term dates
$51,935
10 January 2023 12 December 2023 3 Semester
View Term dates
$51,935

Class information

Maximum class size (for English language teaching): 20
Course Delivery Method On-Campus
Class duration:

17-21 hours per week


Where will it take me?

This course leads to the following degrees:

What do I need to progress?

Minimum overall 2.5 GPA. No grade below a C. No grades of NC, W, or IN permitted.

Please select your course delivery method with the toggle below.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

TOEFL iBT 50 (10 all subscores), IELTS 5.0 (4.5 all subscores), Password 5.0 in Knowledge & 4.0 in Writing, TOEFL Essentials 6.0 (5.0 all subscores), Completion of AE Core and OCS Level 4 with no grade below C, IELA 145 (135 all subscores), PTEA 41, or Duolingo 80.

Age requirements: 17 years and above
Academic requirements:

High school diploma; 2.3 minimum GPA equivalent.

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

We are committed to helping talented and ambitious international students like you achieve their goals of studying at George Mason University. We award scholarships for our Pathway programs in amounts that are typically between $1,000 to $18,000 per program per qualified student.

Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Tuition
18 January 2022 13 December 2022 3 Semester
View Term dates
$50,420

Class information

Maximum class size (for English language teaching): 20
Course Delivery Method On-Campus
Class duration:

17-21 hours per week

Where will it take me?

This course leads to the following degrees:

What do I need to progress?

Minimum overall 2.5 GPA. No grade below a C. No grades of NC, W, or IN permitted.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

TOEFL iBT 50 (10 all subscores), IELTS 5.0 (4.5 all subscores), Password 5.0 in Knowledge & 4.0 in Writing, TOEFL Essentials 6.0 (5.0 all subscores), Completion of AE Core and OCS Level 4 with no grade below C, IELA 145 (135 all subscores), PTEA 41, or Duolingo 80.

Age requirements: 17 years and above
Academic requirements:

High school diploma; 2.3 minimum GPA equivalent.

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

We are committed to helping talented and ambitious international students like you achieve their goals of studying at George Mason University. We award scholarships for our Pathway programs in amounts that are typically between $1,000 to $18,000 per program per qualified student.

Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Tuition
18 January 2022 13 December 2022 3 Semester
View Term dates
$50,420

Class information

Maximum class size (for English language teaching): 20
Course Delivery Method On-Campus
Class duration:

17-21 hours per week

Where will it take me?

This course leads to the following degrees:

What do I need to progress?

Minimum overall 2.5 GPA. No grade below a C. No grades of NC, W, or IN permitted.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

TOEFL iBT 50 (10 all subscores), IELTS 5.0 (4.5 all subscores), Password 5.0 in Knowledge & 4.0 in Writing, TOEFL Essentials 6.0 (5.0 all subscores), Completion of AE Core and OCS Level 4 with no grade below C, IELA 145 (135 all subscores), PTEA 41, or Duolingo 80.

Age requirements: 17 years and above
Academic requirements:

High school diploma; 2.3 minimum GPA equivalent.

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

We are committed to helping talented and ambitious international students like you achieve their goals of studying at George Mason University. We award scholarships for our Pathway programs in amounts that are typically between $1,000 to $18,000 per program per qualified student.

Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Tuition
18 January 2022 13 December 2022 3 Semester
View Term dates
$50,420

Class information

Maximum class size (for English language teaching): 20
Course Delivery Method On-Campus
Class duration:

17-21 hours per week

Where will it take me?

This course leads to the following degrees:

What do I need to progress?

Minimum overall 2.5 GPA. No grade below a C. No grades of NC, W, or IN permitted.

Please select your course delivery method with the toggle below.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

TOEFL iBT 50 (10 all subscores), IELTS 5.0 (4.5 all subscores), Password 5.0 in Knowledge & 4.0 in Writing, TOEFL Essentials 6.0 (5.0 all subscores), Completion of AE Core and OCS Level 4 with no grade below C, IELA 145 (135 all subscores), PTEA 41, or Duolingo 80.

Age requirements: 17 years and above
Academic requirements:

High school diploma; 2.3 minimum GPA equivalent.

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

We are committed to helping talented and ambitious international students like you achieve their goals of studying at George Mason University. We award scholarships for our Pathway programs in amounts that are typically between $1,000 to $18,000 per program per qualified student.

Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Tuition
15 August 2022 4 August 2023 3 Semester
View Term dates
$51,935
10 January 2023 12 December 2023 3 Semester
View Term dates
$51,935

Class information

Maximum class size (for English language teaching): 20
Course Delivery Method On-Campus
Class duration:

17-21 hours per week

Where will it take me?

This course leads to the following degrees:

What do I need to progress?

Minimum overall 2.5 GPA. No grade below a C. No grades of NC, W, or IN permitted.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

TOEFL iBT 50 (10 all subscores), IELTS 5.0 (4.5 all subscores), Password 5.0 in Knowledge & 4.0 in Writing, TOEFL Essentials 6.0 (5.0 all subscores), Completion of AE Core and OCS Level 4 with no grade below C, IELA 145 (135 all subscores), PTEA 41, or Duolingo 80.

Age requirements: 17 years and above
Academic requirements:

High school diploma; 2.3 minimum GPA equivalent.

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

We are committed to helping talented and ambitious international students like you achieve their goals of studying at George Mason University. We award scholarships for our Pathway programs in amounts that are typically between $1,000 to $18,000 per program per qualified student.

Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Tuition
15 August 2022 4 August 2023 3 Semester
View Term dates
$51,935
10 January 2023 12 December 2023 3 Semester
View Term dates
$51,935

Class information

Maximum class size (for English language teaching): 20
Course Delivery Method On-Campus
Class duration:

17-21 hours per week

Where will it take me?

This course leads to the following degrees:

What do I need to progress?

Minimum overall 2.5 GPA. No grade below a C. No grades of NC, W, or IN permitted.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

TOEFL iBT 50 (10 all subscores), IELTS 5.0 (4.5 all subscores), Password 5.0 in Knowledge & 4.0 in Writing, TOEFL Essentials 6.0 (5.0 all subscores), Completion of AE Core and OCS Level 4 with no grade below C, IELA 145 (135 all subscores), PTEA 41, or Duolingo 80.

Age requirements: 17 years and above
Academic requirements:

High school diploma; 2.3 minimum GPA equivalent.

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

We are committed to helping talented and ambitious international students like you achieve their goals of studying at George Mason University. We award scholarships for our Pathway programs in amounts that are typically between $1,000 to $18,000 per program per qualified student.

Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Tuition
15 August 2022 4 August 2023 3 Semester
View Term dates
$51,935
10 January 2023 12 December 2023 3 Semester
View Term dates
$51,935

Class information

Maximum class size (for English language teaching): 20
Course Delivery Method On-Campus
Class duration:

17-21 hours per week

Where will it take me?

This course leads to the following degrees:

What do I need to progress?

Minimum overall 2.5 GPA. No grade below a C. No grades of NC, W, or IN permitted.

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