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FAQ: Do I Need IELTS Or TOEFL To Apply?

No official IELTS or TOEFL score is required for international student pathways. You can complete the free Password English Language test instead. Ask to take the English test.

FAQ: Where Is This Pathway Program Taught?

Degree pathway programs are taught to international students in the International Study Center (ISC) - located in downtown Chicago - in Roosevelt University's Gage Building.

FAQ: Is Degree Progression Guaranteed?

By enrolling in an international student degree pathway program, you are secure in the knowledge that you have:

  • satisfied the academic requirements for degree admission
  • visa documents valid for the entire duration of your studies
  • received an offer of placement at Roosevelt University conditional upon successful completion of your pathway program

International Year: Pathway to a Bachelor's Degree 

The Roosevelt University International Year is taught at the on-campus International Study Center. This bachelor's degree pathway provides English language support in addition to the first year of university coursework, leading to entry into the second year of a Roosevelt bachelor's degree.

SAVE TIME ON YOUR PATH TO A DEGREE: There is no need to take ESL courses or the TOEFL test before our bachelor's degree pathway. You can improve your English and, at the same time, earn credits for a degree!

Academic Pathways

Choose between two academic pathways to ensure you have the right preparation for your chosen undergraduate major:

Your choice of bachelor's degree pathway determines the necessary academic courses that you should take to finish the equivalent of your freshman year (Year 1), as well as guide you in the direction of your desired university degree.

Classroom at Roosevelt University in ChicagoProgression to Year 2 degree entry

International students spend between 2 and 4 semesters in International Year. On successful completion, they join the second year of more than 20 bachelor's degrees in business, economics, hospitality management, marketing, mathematics, international studies, politics, sociology, natural sciences, and pre-professional programs.


English and Study Skills Courses

These courses are designed for international students, and will prepare you for success at an American University. Alongside English language instruction, other courses give support, guidance and strategies for becoming a successful university student in the USA. Courses cover the following topics:
  • Grammar
  • Reading and Writing
  • Listening and Speaking
  • American Culture
  • US College Life
  • Critical Thinking

You take between 1 and 6 English language courses each semester during your bachelor's degree pathway program. Students have more English support classes in the first semester of International Year.

Academic Credit Courses

In conjunction with English language preparation courses, all international students take 9 academic credit-bearing courses that comprise Roosevelt University's first year curriculum.

For courses descriptions, choose either the Business, Mathematics and Pre-Law pathway or Science pathway.

International students earn academic credit for the Roosevelt-equivalent courses taken during International Year. These credits will be transferred upon matriculation to Roosevelt University, and used to fulfill degree requirements.

Key Facts

Course length:

2, 3 or 4 semesters, depending on English level

Next start date:

Summer 2017:

  • Dorm Move-In: May 23
  • International New Student Orientation: May 24-26
  • Classes Begin: May 30
  • Semester Ends: Aug 8
Fall 2017:
  • Dorm Move-In: Aug 19-20
  • International New Student Orientation: Aug 21-23
  • Classes Begin: Aug 28
  • Semester Ends: Dec 16


$28,120 tuition for 2-semesters.

Course modules:

English language courses
9 academic credit courses
Degree-level study skills
Advising sessions

Entry requirements:

Academic: GPA 2.5 or equivalent

English level: from the equivalent of IELTS 4.5 or TOEFL iBT 45. See full details