International Year One in General Exploratory


International Year One in General Exploratory will prepare students to enter their next semester of a bachelor’s degree program at George Mason University.

Key information

  • A Pathway program provides academic, language and cultural support in order to succeed at a US university.
  • Students are guaranteed progression to an undergraduate degree program through a curriculum consisting of credit-earning courses.
  • Students will benefit from fully integrated classes with both domestic and other international students on campus while learning from highly trained university instructors and tutors.

Entry requirements

Age requirement
Academic requirements
High school diploma; 2.3 minimum GPA equivalent.
English language entry requirements
2 Semesters: TOEFL iBT 60 (13 all subscores), IELTS 5.5 (5.0 all subscores), PTEA 45, IELA 155 (145 all subscores), Duolingo 90, TOEFL Essentials 6.5 (6.0 all subscores), or Completion of AE Core and OCS Level 4 with no grade below C.

Dates & Fees

August 2022 start
(2 Semesters)
Mon 15 August 2022 - Wed 17 May 2023

January 2023 start
(2 Semesters)
Tue 17 January 2023 - Fri 4 August 2023

Example Study Plan

Semester 1
INYO 105
American Cultures
3 Credits
ENGH 121
Enhanced Composition For Multilingual Writers of English I
3 Credits
HIST 125
Introduction to World History
3 Credits
EAP 102
Language Support for American Cultures
1 Credits
EAP 104
Language Support for World History
1 Credits
MATH 105/108/111/113
Math Course Per Major
3-4 Credits
INYO 100
Transition INTO Mason I
1 Credits
Semester 2
Major Course
3-4 Credits
ENGH 122
Enhanced Composition For Multilingual Writers of English II
3 Credits
COMM 101
Fundamentals of Communication
3 Credits
General Education Course Selected with Advisor Approval
3 Credits
EAP 101
Language Support for Fundamentals of Communication
1 Credits
INYO 101
Transition INTO Mason II
1 Credits


 =  Placement option available
 =  Study abroad option available
Final level
English level
Additional requirements

2.5 cumulative Mason GPA.
C or better in all courses. No grades of NC, W, or IN permitted.