International Year One in Human and Social Development

International Year One in Human and Social Development 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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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), PTEA 53+, TOEFL Essentials 7.5 (7.0 reading & writing subscores), Completion of AE Core and OCS Level 5 or higher, IELA 175 (165 reading & writing subscores), 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
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*Please note that pricing will be available in the next academic year.


Class information

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

17-21 hours per week



What do I need to progress?

2.5 cumulative Mason GPA. C or better in all courses. 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), PTEA 45+, Password 6.0 in Knowledge & 5.0 in Writing, TOEFL Essentials 6.0 (5.0 all subscores), Completion of Academic English Core & OCS Level 4 or higher, IELA 155 (145 reading & listening subscores).

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
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*

*Please note that pricing will be available in the next academic year.


Class information

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

17-21 hours per week



What do I need to progress?

2.5 cumulative Mason GPA. C or better in all courses. 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), PTEA 41, Password 5.0 in Knowledge and 4.0 in Writing, TOEFL Essentials 6.0 (5.0 all subscores), Completion of Academic English Core and OCS Level 3 or higher, IELA 145 (135 all subscores), 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 Semesters
View Term dates
*

*Please note that pricing will be available in the next academic year.


Class information

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

17-21 hours per week



What do I need to progress?

2.5 cumulative Mason GPA. C or better in all courses. 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), PTEA 53+, TOEFL Essentials 7.5 (7.0 reading & writing subscores), Completion of AE Core and OCS Level 5 or higher, IELA 175 (165 reading & writing subscores), 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
15 August 2022 14 December 2022 1 Semester
View Term dates
*
10 January 2023 10 May 2023 1 Semester
View Term dates
*

*Please note that pricing will be available in the next academic year.


Class information

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

17-21 hours per week



What do I need to progress?

2.5 cumulative Mason GPA. C or better in all courses. 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), PTEA 45+, Password 6.0 in Knowledge & 5.0 in Writing, TOEFL Essentials 6.0 (5.0 all subscores), Completion of Academic English Core & OCS Level 4 or higher, IELA 155 (145 reading & listening subscores).

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 10 May 2023 2 Semesters
View Term dates
*
10 January 2023 4 August 2023 2 Semesters
View Term dates
*

*Please note that pricing will be available in the next academic year.


Class information

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

17-21 hours per week



What do I need to progress?

2.5 cumulative Mason GPA. C or better in all courses. 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), PTEA 41, Password 5.0 in Knowledge and 4.0 in Writing, TOEFL Essentials 6.0 (5.0 all subscores), Completion of Academic English Core and OCS Level 3 or higher, IELA 145 (135 all subscores), 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 Semesters
View Term dates
*
10 January 2023 12 December 2023 3 Semesters
View Term dates
*

*Please note that pricing will be available in the next academic year.


Class information

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

17-21 hours per week



What do I need to progress?

2.5 cumulative Mason GPA. C or better in all courses. 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), PTEA 53+, TOEFL Essentials 7.5 (7.0 reading & writing subscores), Completion of AE Core and OCS Level 5 or higher, IELA 175 (165 reading & writing subscores), 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
14 August 2023 13 December 2023 1 Semester
View Term dates
*
9 January 2024 8 May 2024 1 Semester
View Term dates
*

Class information

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

17-21 hours per week



What do I need to progress?

2.5 cumulative Mason GPA. C or better in all courses. 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), PTEA 45+, Password 6.0 in Knowledge & 5.0 in Writing, TOEFL Essentials 6.0 (5.0 all subscores), Completion of Academic English Core & OCS Level 4 or higher, IELA 155 (145 reading & listening subscores).

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
14 August 2023 8 May 2024 2 Semesters
View Term dates
*
9 January 2024 2 August 2024 2 Semesters
View Term dates
*

Class information

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

17-21 hours per week



What do I need to progress?

2.5 cumulative Mason GPA. C or better in all courses. 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), PTEA 41, Password 5.0 in Knowledge and 4.0 in Writing, TOEFL Essentials 6.0 (5.0 all subscores), Completion of Academic English Core and OCS Level 3 or higher, IELA 145 (135 all subscores), 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
14 August 2023 2 August 2024 3 Semesters
View Term dates
*
9 January 2024 10 December 2024 3 Semesters
View Term dates
*

Class information

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

17-21 hours per week



What do I need to progress?

2.5 cumulative Mason GPA. C or better in all courses. 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 80 (17 reading & writing subscores), IELTS 6.5 (6.0 reading & writing subscores), PTEA 53+, TOEFL Essentials 7.5 (7.0 reading & writing subscores), Completion of AE Core and OCS Level 5 or higher, IELA 175 (165 reading & writing subscores), 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
*

*Please note that pricing will be available in the next academic year.

Class information

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

17-21 hours per week

What do I need to progress?

2.5 cumulative Mason GPA. C or better in all courses. No grades of NC, W, or IN permitted.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

TOEFL iBT 60 (13 reading & listening subscores), IELTS 5.5 (5.5 reading & listening subscores), PTEA 45+, Password 6.0 in Knowledge & 5.0 in Writing, TOEFL Essentials 6.0 (5.0 all subscores), Completion of Academic English Core & OCS Level 4 or higher, IELA 155 (145 reading & listening subscores).

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
*

*Please note that pricing will be available in the next academic year.

Class information

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

17-21 hours per week

What do I need to progress?

2.5 cumulative Mason GPA. C or better in all courses. 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), PTEA 41, Password 5.0 in Knowledge and 4.0 in Writing, TOEFL Essentials 6.0 (5.0 all subscores), Completion of Academic English Core and OCS Level 3 or higher, IELA 145 (135 all subscores), 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 Semesters
View Term dates
*

*Please note that pricing will be available in the next academic year.

Class information

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

17-21 hours per week

What do I need to progress?

2.5 cumulative Mason GPA. C or better in all courses. 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 80 (17 reading & writing subscores), IELTS 6.5 (6.0 reading & writing subscores), PTEA 53+, TOEFL Essentials 7.5 (7.0 reading & writing subscores), Completion of AE Core and OCS Level 5 or higher, IELA 175 (165 reading & writing subscores), 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
15 August 2022 14 December 2022 1 Semester
View Term dates
*
10 January 2023 10 May 2023 1 Semester
View Term dates
*

*Please note that pricing will be available in the next academic year.

Class information

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

17-21 hours per week

What do I need to progress?

2.5 cumulative Mason GPA. C or better in all courses. No grades of NC, W, or IN permitted.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

TOEFL iBT 60 (13 reading & listening subscores), IELTS 5.5 (5.5 reading & listening subscores), PTEA 45+, Password 6.0 in Knowledge & 5.0 in Writing, TOEFL Essentials 6.0 (5.0 all subscores), Completion of Academic English Core & OCS Level 4 or higher, IELA 155 (145 reading & listening subscores).

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 10 May 2023 2 Semesters
View Term dates
*
10 January 2023 4 August 2023 2 Semesters
View Term dates
*

*Please note that pricing will be available in the next academic year.

Class information

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

17-21 hours per week

What do I need to progress?

2.5 cumulative Mason GPA. C or better in all courses. 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), PTEA 41, Password 5.0 in Knowledge and 4.0 in Writing, TOEFL Essentials 6.0 (5.0 all subscores), Completion of Academic English Core and OCS Level 3 or higher, IELA 145 (135 all subscores), 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 Semesters
View Term dates
*
10 January 2023 12 December 2023 3 Semesters
View Term dates
*

*Please note that pricing will be available in the next academic year.

Class information

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

17-21 hours per week

What do I need to progress?

2.5 cumulative Mason GPA. C or better in all courses. 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 80 (17 reading & writing subscores), IELTS 6.5 (6.0 reading & writing subscores), PTEA 53+, TOEFL Essentials 7.5 (7.0 reading & writing subscores), Completion of AE Core and OCS Level 5 or higher, IELA 175 (165 reading & writing subscores), 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
14 August 2023 13 December 2023 1 Semester
View Term dates
*
9 January 2024 8 May 2024 1 Semester
View Term dates
*

Class information

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

17-21 hours per week

What do I need to progress?

2.5 cumulative Mason GPA. C or better in all courses. No grades of NC, W, or IN permitted.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

TOEFL iBT 60 (13 reading & listening subscores), IELTS 5.5 (5.5 reading & listening subscores), PTEA 45+, Password 6.0 in Knowledge & 5.0 in Writing, TOEFL Essentials 6.0 (5.0 all subscores), Completion of Academic English Core & OCS Level 4 or higher, IELA 155 (145 reading & listening subscores).

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
14 August 2023 8 May 2024 2 Semesters
View Term dates
*
9 January 2024 2 August 2024 2 Semesters
View Term dates
*

Class information

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

17-21 hours per week

What do I need to progress?

2.5 cumulative Mason GPA. C or better in all courses. 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), PTEA 41, Password 5.0 in Knowledge and 4.0 in Writing, TOEFL Essentials 6.0 (5.0 all subscores), Completion of Academic English Core and OCS Level 3 or higher, IELA 145 (135 all subscores), 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
14 August 2023 2 August 2024 3 Semesters
View Term dates
*
9 January 2024 10 December 2024 3 Semesters
View Term dates
*

Class information

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

17-21 hours per week

What do I need to progress?

2.5 cumulative Mason GPA. C or better in all courses. No grades of NC, W, or IN permitted.

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