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Frequently Asked Questions

tutoring studentsHow does Duquesne University help students before they arrive?

The Office of International Programs (OIP) answers questions about application steps, immigration regulations, health insurance, housing and arrival services.

What about services for new students at Duquesne University?

The Office of International Programs offers an Orientation Week each semester. During this week, new students receive information and meet both other students and Duquesne University officials. The ESL Program also offers an orientation program for all new ESL students.

How will I know my classes and program level?

All new ESL students sit for language placement tests. After these tests, students learn their program level and classes from their ESL advisor. Program levels and courses.

Can I also take university classes offered in degree programs?

Students whose previous education and progress in English are satisfactory also may qualify to take courses in Duquesne University degree programs. However, acceptance to a degree program will depend upon a separate application submitted to the Office of International Programs.

How long will it take me to learn enough English to study at a U.S. university?

The answer depends upon many factors---your prior level of English, how many classes you take, your rate of progress in each class, and your own level of hard work! However, students who enter at the basic level should plan on at least one to one-and-a-half years of study (three to four semesters). Students who enter at the advanced level usually need one to two semesters to complete ESL requirements.