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Business, Mathematics and Pre-Law Pathway: International Year

This International Year pathway delivers the freshman courses that international students require for a Business degree, Mathematics degree, or Pre-law degree at Roosevelt University. Students earn up to 28 academic credits

Program Structure

When you enroll in the International Year pathway, you take a combination of English language and academic courses. If you join with a lower English level, you take more English language courses at the start, and academic courses are introduced more gradually throughout the duration of your International Year program:

(English level)
Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
2 semesters
(TOEFL 70 or equivalent)
3 English courses
4 academic courses:
1 English course
5 academic courses:
3 semesters
(TOEFL 60 or equivalent)
3 English courses
2 academic courses:
3 English courses
3 academic courses:
2 English courses
4 academic courses:
4 semesters
(TOEFL 45 or equivalent)
4 English language courses only Follows 3-semester program (above) for semester 2, 3 and 4

Note: The above is an indication of program content. Courses are subject to change.

Academic Credit Courses

Physical Geography I

Course code: PHSC 101                             Credits: 3                  
Earth materials, structure and landforms; interaction between human beings and landscapes in the context of natural resources and human activity.

Finite mathematics

Course code: MATH 116                             Credits: 3
Functions and graphs. Systems of linear equations and matrices. Sets, combinatorial methods, probability with applications.

College algebra

Course code: MATH 121                             Credits: 3
Algebraic operations, equations and inequalities, graphs and functions, polynomial functions, polynomial equations.

Calculus I

Course code: MATH 231                             Credits: 3
Functions, limits, continuity, and rates of change are studied numerically, symbolically, and graphically. Definition and rules of differentiation; applications of the derivative to analyzing functions, solving equations, and computing extrema; antiderivatives.

Introduction to the visual arts

Course code: ART 101                             Credits: 3
Form and content in painting, sculpture, architecture, and film.

Principles of economics I

Course code: ECON 101                             Credits: 3
Macroeconomics overview of how a market society works, trades, consumes, redistributes, and enjoys the fruits of its produce. Learn more about the relationship between war and growth, free trade and wealth, interest rates, and the fight against inflation.

Composition I: critical reading and writing

Course code: ENG 101                             Credits: 3
Gain competence in analytical reading and writing. Students are engaged in writing as a process of critical inquiry, revision and collaboration and actively participate in the University's writing community.

Intro to English composition II

Course code: ENG 102                              Credits: 3 
This course introduces students to the process of academic research and engages them in research-oriented writing. Students participate in a series of academic conversations about important issues by learning to locate, evaluate, analyze and present appropriate source materials in their own writing projects.

Human biology I with laboratory

Course code: BIOL 111                             Credits: 4
Basic anatomy and physiology. Organ systems, genetics, reproduction, development, circulation, respiration, nutrition, digestion, and excretion. Social aspects of human biology. Lecture, discussion, and laboratory.

Coping with stress

Course code: PSYC 203                             Credits: 3
Self-help course with required student participation. Review of relaxation and active coping techniques. Progressive muscle relaxation; autogenic training; breathing exercises; yoga stretching; imagery; meditation; making personal relaxation tapes. Active coping includes problem solving, making and building relationships, assertiveness, and managing anger and aggression. Not a substitute for psychotherapy or counseling; not a training course for health professionals.

The United States since 1865

Course code: HIST 107                             Credits: 3
Survey of main currents in development of American institutions and values from Civil War to present.

Key Facts

Entry Points

The International Year runs for 2 or 3 semesters, with entry in August, January, or May.

Course Length

The length of your program will vary depending on your level of English when you arrive. Learn more about the entry requirements for this program.

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Visit our fees page to learn more about the tuition and accommodation fees.

International Year fees