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  • International student from China at Roosevelt University

    "This is actually my first time leaving my hometown. I came here to explore my brand new life. I love Chicago and enjoy the studies here - and I don't even feel homesick! I like seeing the lake while I'm studying in the library, and I love the city's cultural setting. Roosevelt University's faculty and staff members are very friendly and helpful to international students. In class, professors use examples from a global perspective to explain certain principles. It's very helpful for my further understanding."

    Xinyu (Lucy) Liu from China, MS Integrated Marketing Communications
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International Student Pathway Programs

Start your journey to a successful career with pathway programs at the International Study Center. Our programs will fully prepare you to progress to undergraduate and graduate degree-level study at Roosevelt University.

International Year

The International Year pathway program provides ambitious international students the essential building blocks needed to achieve degree success at Roosevelt University. After successful completion of the program you will be able to progress to the second year of a bachelor's degree.

Pre-Master's Program

The Pre-Master's Program pathway program offers focused study to prepare you with the graduate-level study skills and English language skills needed for a master's degrees at Roosevelt University. After successfully completing the program you will be able to progress to study a Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Administration, Master of Science, or Master of Arts.

Study Timeline

These study timelines will help you calculate how long it is likely to take to graduate with a degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago. The length of your pathway program will depend on your English language level when you arrive at the International Study Center.

The academic year is divided into 3 equal semesters - fall, spring and summer - and you can join international student pathways at the start of any semester: January, May or August.

International Year

English level on entry Program length Bachelor's degree - Year 2, 3 and 4 Minimum time to graduation
TOEFL 70 or 6.0 IELTS 2-semester (8 months) 2 semesters each year
(Spring and Fall, or Fall and Spring)
3 years & 4 months
TOEFL 60 or 5.5 IELTS 3-semester (12 months) 3 years & 8 months
TOEFL 45 or 4.5 IELTS 4-semester (16 months) 4 years 

You will be required to complete the International Year degree pathway program in consecutive semesters, without long breaks.

Pre-Master's Program

English level on entry Program length Master's degree
(36-37 credits)
TOEFL 70 or 6.0 IELTS 1 semester (4 months) 4 semesters
(approximately 2 years)
TOEFL 60 or 5.5 IELTS 2 semester (8 months)

The timelines serve as a guide only. The length of your pathway program and study plan is confirmed after your arrival in the USA. Progression to your degree as shown above depends on achieving minimum academic standards.

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    Degrees for Your Future

    After successfully completing your International Year or Pre-Master's Program, you will be able to progress to exciting degree study in a variety of fields at Roosevelt University.

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