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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

Degree pathway programs for international students offer a premium route to success at a private regionally-ranked university in downtown Chicago. Join the International Study Center at Roosevelt University. 

International Year

International Year gives international students the essential building blocks needed to achieve degree success at Roosevelt University, and leads straight onto Year 2 of a bachelor's degree. This international student pathway is designed for students with upper intermediate English. No official TOEFL/IELTS score is required.

Pre-Master's Program

The Pre-Master's Program offers focused preparation for master's degrees at Roosevelt University, and provides a transitional curriculum of intensive English language and graduate-level study skills. This degree pathway program is designed as a pre-MBA, pre-MPA, pre-Marketing master's or pre-HRM master's for international students with upper intermediate English. No official TOEFL/IELTS score is required.

Intensive English Program

Intensive English Program (IEP) is for international students with intermediate English level. No official TOEFL/IELTS score is required. 

This undergraduate pre-degree pathway program provides 1 semester of intensive English language instruction. On completion, students are ready to join the 3-semester International Year. IEP is the first semester 1 of a 4-semester study plan.

In Intensive English Program, international students develop the 4 key language skills of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing, in the context of degree level studies.

IEP students must meet minimum English language requirements for progression to credit-bearing courses on the International Year, or may need to repeat the semester.


Study Timeline

These study timelines help you calculate how long it is likely to take to graduate with a degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago. Your international student pathway program duration depends on your English level on entry.

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.

Undergraduate-level Study Timeline

Note: you are required to complete the International Year degree pathway program in consecutive semesters, without long breaks.

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

Graduate-level Study Timeline

English level on entry International student pathway Master's degree
(36-37 credits)
equivalent* TOEFL iBT 70 or 6.0 IELTS 1 semester Pre-Master's Program (4 months) 4 semesters
(approximately 2 years)
equivalent* TOEFL iBT 60 or 5.5 IELTS 2 semester Pre-Master's Program (8 months)
* No official TOEFL or IELTS score is required for admission to a degree pathway program. Students can take the free Password English Test to determine their English language proficiency. Contact us to arrange an English test.

The timelines serve as a guide only. Your international student pathway duration and study plan is confirmed after a post-arrival English test. Progression through your degree as shown above depends on achieving minimum academic standards.

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    Choice Of Degrees

    After successful completion of a degree pathway program at the International Study Center, international students progress to a one of these degrees at Roosevelt University:

    • Accounting (BSBA or MBA concentration)
    • Accounting Forensics (MBA concentration)
    • Actuarial Science (BS or BA)
    • Biochemistry (BS)
    • Biology (BS or BA)
    • Business Administration (MBA)
    • Chemistry (BS or BA)
    • Criminal Justice (BA)
    • Economics (BA or MBA concentration)
    • Finance (BSBA or MBA concentration)
    • Health Services Administration (MBA concentration)
    • Hospitality and Tourism Management (BS or MBA concentration)
    • Human Resource Management (BSBA, MS or MBA concentration)
    • Information Systems (MBA concentration)
    • Integrated Marketing Communications (BSBA, MS or MBA concentration)
    • International Business (MBA concentration)
    • International Studies (BA)
    • Management (BSBA or MBA concentration)
    • Marketing (BSBA or MBA concentration)
    • Mathematics (BS or BA)
    • Political Science (BA)
    • Pre-professional study within a major:
      • Pre-Dentistry
      • Pre-Medicine
      • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
    • Public Administration (MPA)
    • Real EstateĀ (MBA concentration)
    • Social Entrepreneurship (BSBA or MBA concentration)
    • Social Justice Studies (BA)
    • Sociology (BA)
    • Training and Development (MBA concentration)

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