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International Year ONE: leads into Year 2  

International Year One allows students to adapt to the culture of studying in an American university while strengthening English skills and earning academic credit for the first year of a bachelor's degree.


International Year One students choose from four subject streams:

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

You study between 28 and 31 credits during your International Year One program. The academic course content within each pathway is the same for both the 2 and 3 semester program, but is introduced into your study plan at a more gradual level if your English language ability is lower.

Core curriculum

International Year One students in all pathways take the following courses:

English and study skills courses

These courses are designed for international students, to 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
  • Phonics and Pronunciation

You take between 2 and 4 English language and study skills courses each semester. Students have more English and support class time at the beginning of their International Year One program.

Common academic credit courses

In conjunction with English language preparation courses, all international students take 12 credits of core academic courses:


Course code: ENGL 101                                   Academic credits: 3

This intensive course in expository writing focuses on rhetorical and grammatical principles, logical expression, unity, coherence, emphasis, syntax, punctuation, and diction. Readings stimulate expression and provide examples of exposition and argumentation. Assignments include summary, analysis, and synthesis of primary and secondary sources. Research techniques, including note-taking, documentation, and outlining, support an analytical source-based research paper of eight to ten pages.


Course code: ENGL 102                                 Academic credits: 3

Varied writing exercises teach students to express their own ideas as well as the ideas of others critically, logically, and creatively. Students are introduced to the principal literary genres of fiction, drama, and poetry as a means of stimulating critical thinking and further developing skills in advanced exposition. All sections are writing enriched.


Course code: POLS 101                                Academic credits: 3

An introduction to basic concepts, functions, and processes of politics and government, using the American system as a model. The course includes topics such as political socialization, constitutional government, legislative process, presidential leadership and bureaucracy, the role of the judiciary, political parties, interest groups, and problems of civil rights.


Course code: POLS 102                                 Academic credits: 3

The principal goal of this introductory course is to provide students with a basic knowledge of how political systems around the world function. By examining a wide range of countries, students learn how and why the "rules of the political game" differ from country to country. It is hoped that, after taking this course, students will better understand political events wherever they take place and appreciate the diverse political ideas and aspirations of people around the world.

Pathway academic credit courses

See the curriculum specific to each pathway: Business pathway, Engineering pathway, Hospitality Management pathway and Pre-Law pathway.