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The Duquesne Gateway

Your Gateway to a Duquesne degree.  Learn English while earning credit toward your undergraduate degree.

Students can apply for an undergraduate degree at Duquesne with or without TOEFL or IELTS scores.  Here's how it works:

  • The Gateway is designed for students seeking admission to Duquesne while improving their academic English skills
  • You can be admitted as a degree student for the Summer (May), Fall (August) or Spring (January) semesters, and begin your English coursework immediately
  • You will complete English coursework while earning up to a total of 15 credits toward your undergraduate degree
  • Once you complete the Gateway coursework satisfactorily, you may begin your degree program right away

If you have a TOEFL or IELTS score: Depending on your score you will study for 1, 2, or 3 semesters (4 months, 8 months or 12 months of study)

No TOEFL or IELTS, no problem!  You will be tested and placed in appropriate English courses once you arrive on campus.

The Duquesne Gateway Program Structure

Each semester at Duquesne is a total of 4 months. You can complete the Gateway (English and academic courses) in 4, 8, or 12 months and finish within one year.

Gateway 1 Gateway 2 Gateway 3
Minimum English Score 40-49 iBT/4.5 IELTS 50-59 iBT/5.0 IELTS 60-69 iBT/5.5 IELTS
Number of Semesters 3 2 1

5 Intermediate ESL (2 credits)*


Academic Culture Seminar I (1 credits)**

5 Advanced "A" ESL (2 credits)*


Academic Culture Seminar II (2 credits)**

3 Advanced "B" ESL (2 credits)


1 ESL Literature course (counts as Global Diversity -3 credits)


1 Creative Arts, Social Justice, or Faith and Reason Course (3 credits)

Credits Toward Degree 3 4 8
Costs per semester

$1,118 per ESL course (5 courses)
$1,265 per academic credit (1 credit)

TOTAL: 6,855

$1,118 per ESL course (5 courses)
$1,265 per academic credit (2 credits)

TOTAL: $8,120

$1,118 per ESL course (3 courses)
$1,265 per academic credit (6 credits)

TOTAL: $10,944

* Students receive 2 credits for each level of ESL completed.
** Academic Culture Seminars will count as academic credit. 
Academic courses at Duquesne are typically 3 credits each (12 credits = full-time coursework).
Students must pass each class with a C or better to be approved for full admission to the academic degree program
Don't have a 40 TOEFL or 4.5 IELTS? No problem! You may still apply to Duquesne and be placed in Basic ESL courses.  
Be sure to explore our ESL program in more detail.