International Student Programs and Services
At Duquesne, we believe it is important to assist and reach out to international students who are considering coming to Duquesne for their education. Ours is a community where people from around the world are welcomed, adding to the diversity and richness of the student experience. If you are someone who may be interested in attending Duquesne as a non-U.S. citizen, make us your first point of contact. You can reach us at 412-396-6113.
International Student Admission
The Office of International Programs (OIP) provides services to international students and scholars pursuing undergraduate and graduate degree programs at the University. These specialized services include furnishing pre-arrival information to accepted students; facilitating compliance with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requirements; assisting in academic and cross-cultural adjustment through initial arrival and extended orientation programs; promoting and supporting events, programs, and activities which foster deeper communication, awareness and understanding among U.S. and international students at Duquesne; and providing ongoing direct service and appropriate referral services to international students and scholars on campus in a personalized and professional manner.
The OIP coordinates Study Abroad activities for the University and offers support services for students interested in Study Abroad through Duquesne. The OIP also supports the University's strong commitment to international education as a valued component of the overall mission of the institution.
International Student Language Requirement
Duquesne University has committed itself to providing international students and teaching assistants with opportunities to achieve maximum academic success. In pursuit of this commitment, the University requires early identification of student and teaching assistant proficiency in English.
English Placement Test Requirements for ALL Students
Since English is the language of instruction at Duquesne University, all graduate students must meet the necessary language requirements for their departments. Minimum TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for admission unless otherwise indicated by your accepting department; minimum scores vary by department. Please check with your department for international student admission policies and language requirements.
International Teaching Assistants
Pennsylvania state law and Duquesne University policies require certification of sufficient English language fluency for all faculty and teaching assistants. Teaching assistants whose first language is other than English are required to sit for additional language assessment conducted by the Duquesne University ESL Program and the Center for Teaching Excellence in cooperation with the teaching assistant's academic department.
Placement Test Results
If certification assessment indicates a need for assistance with English, the student or teaching assistant will be enrolled in required language classes to be taken together with or in place of degree program courses.
Teaching assistants with a score of 26 or higher on the Speaking Section of the iBT are excused from the oral test.
International applicants who have not attained the required TOEFL or IELTS scores and other required standardized tests for admission into graduate programs may be eligible for conditional admission to either an academic program or admission into the English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Applicants may attend up to one year (twelve months) of the ESL program at Duquesne to prepare for the required standardized tests in order to be granted full admission into a graduate program. If, after twelve months, the student has not demonstrated satisfactory progress and attained a competitive score on the standardized tests, the student will be dismissed from the program by the appropriate Program Director.
University TOEFL Requirements
Graduate Degree Programs - All international applicants to graduate from degree programs are required to submit official TOEFL score reports current to within one year as part of their application. TOEFL requirements vary by department and school within the range of 80 to 100 iBT.
Results of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within a range of seven to nine and current to within one year may be submitted as an alternate test if acceptable to departments and schools.
Online Degree Programs - All international applicants to online degree programs are required to submit a TOEFL score of 80iBT or higher. The Duquesne University TOEFL Institution code is 2196.
Undergraduate Degree Programs - Applicants to undergraduate degree programs are not required to submit TOEFL scores as part of their application for admission since Duquesne University maintains an on-campus ESL Program. Because TOEFL scores are required for waiver from certain ESL courses as well as for exit from the ESL Program, submission of TOEFL scores is strongly recommended for all applicants to undergraduate degree programs offered at Duquesne University.
ESL Program - The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program offers classes in speaking, listening, reading and writing skills to help students improve English. It enhances their readiness to enroll in university degree programs which require English for academic study.