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.

Fast facts

Class duration

17-21 hours per week

Class Size

Maximum class size for English language teaching 20


This leads to a bachelor's program at George Mason University.

Why George Mason University?

  • Mason is ranked among the highest research universities in the US by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
  • Students will have the chance to explore the internship and recreational opportunities that only Washington, DC can offer.
  • Mason provides a great academic environment where you’ll get to interact with students from 130 countries and all 50 states.
  • Students can choose from one- to three-semester Undergraduate and Graduate Pathway programs.
  • Students are fully admitted to Mason provided successful completion of conditional admission criteria at the end of the Pathway and submission of all required admission credentials.
Start Dates August January
Program length 2 Semesters

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 14 December 2022
Tue 17 January 2023 - Wed 17 May 2023


January 2023 start
(2 Semesters)

Tue 17 January 2023 - Wed 17 May 2023
Mon 22 May 2023 - Fri 4 August 2023


Degree program components

120 credit hour program
30 or 31 credit hours apply from Pathway
90 or 89 cedit hours remaining toward degree

Semester 1

Course title

Credit hours

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

Course title

Credit hours


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

Degree subject

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.