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Hofstra University - INTO USA

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Hofstra University is the ideal place for international students looking to begin an exciting American academic journey.

INTO has partnered with the university to provide a number of pathway programs specifically for talented international students. They can earn degree credits while developing their English language and academic skills, and then progress to a prestigious degree program taught by Hofstra University.

The university has ranked within the top 14 percent nationwide for return on investment, according to the 2019-2020 PayScale College ROI Report and placed at 92 in a ranking of Best Value Schools (U.S. News & World Report 2021). It's also within the top 8 percent of American colleges and universities for mid-career salaries for alumni who only have a bachelor's degree (PayScale College Salary Report 2019-2020).

Located on Long Island, students will enjoy all that the university and its location has to offer. This includes beautiful beaches, delicious dining options, lush forests, diverse cultural activities and more. It's also only 40km away from New York City, Business Insider's most influential city in the world, meaning that students will benefit from many industry links and opportunities.

Hofstra's campus has countless amenities for students to take advantage of. They can join in with the school spirit, the university has 21 NCAA Division I sports teams, which the entire community gets together to support.

There is a large range of academic, personal and social support services in place to ensure that all students have a safe, enjoyable and productive time at INTO Hofstra. From before they arrive until after they graduate, international students can be sure of an unforgettable educational experience.

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What's new

What's new

Brand new building for Business

The new Frank G. Zarb School of Business opened its doors in Spring 2019, where students can benefit from all the exciting new facilities the building has. The 52,000-square-foot building is home to a Behavioral Science and Market Research Lab, a makerspace/start-up incubator, an improved Center for Entrepreneurship, independent and group study spaces and many staff and student offices.

The added spaces enhance students' practical learning and gives them the opportunity to experience real-world projects. The building is located next to the C.V. Starr Hall, which is where the Business School's classrooms and lecture spaces are. It has been designed with the environment in mind by having energy-efficient systems and technologies installed.

International students at INTO Hofstra intending to progress to business-related programs at Hofstra University can look forward to what the school has to offer.

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Department structure

Department structure

Hofstra University teaches a variety of pathway programs as well as undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Each program helps international students improve their English language abilities and prepare for further study and successful careers.

Direct Entry Undergraduate

Students who meet the English language and entry requirements for an undergraduate program can make a direct application to Hofstra University to study a degree program at the institution.

Direct Entry Postgraduate

Direct entry onto a postgraduate degree program at Hofstra University requires students to meet the entry requirements, including a recognized bachelor's degree of a high standard, and demonstrate the requisite level of English language proficiency.

International Year One

Students can earn degree credits while improving their academic and English skills. Additional support is given so students can graduate at the same time as domestic students. Depending on their English language proficiency, students can take a pathway program adapted to their level of English (up to 3 semesters) for entry to their undergraduate program.

Undergraduate Transfer Program

Those who have already completed college or university courses and want to transfer to Hofstra can take the Undergraduate Transfer Program where they transfer their university credits.

Graduate Pathway Program

This program equips international students with the academic and language skills they need to study a master's degree. They will also prepare for GMAT/GRE tests, if required by the program. There are one and two semester options, depending on a student's English language abilities and some of the credits will apply toward the master's degree.

Academic English Program

Students can develop their English language, academic and critical thinking skills so that they can be successful in U.S. higher education.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To be eligible for study at INTO Hofstra University, students need to meet a small number of entry requirements.

Direct Entry Undergraduate

Academic requirements: high school diploma and a minimum GPA of 3.0, or equivalent (additional requirements and material may be required depending on the program).

English language requirements: minimum IELTS score of 6.5, a minimum TOEFL score of 80 or equivalent.

Direct Entry Postgraduate

Academic requirements: minimum GPA of 3.0, bachelor's degree (additional requirements and material may be required depending on the program).

English language requirements: minimum IELTS score of 6.5, a minimum TOEFL score of 80 or equivalent.

International Year One

Academic requirements: high school diploma and a minimum GPA of 2.5, or equivalent.

English language requirements: minimum IELTS score of 5.0, a minimum TOEFL score of 50 or equivalent.

Undergraduate Transfer Program

Academic requirements: high school diploma, a minimum GPA of 2.5 and a minimum of 24 college or university transfer credits.

English language requirements: minimum IELTS score of 5.5-6.5, a minimum TOEFL score of 60-79 or equivalent.

Graduate Pathway

Academic requirements: Depending on the course, students need to have completed their first degree, diploma or equivalent, have equivalent to a GPA of 2.5–3.0, and meet any other specific program requirements.

English language requirements: minimum IELTS score of 5.5, a minimum TOEFL score of 65 or equivalent.

Academic English

Students need a high school diploma or equivalent.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

To reward high-achieving international students and help them with tuition expenses, Hofstra University provides a range of scholarships for students pursuing pathway programs. Awards include:

Progression scholarship – International Year One

Eligible students studying an International Year One program and planning to progress onto an academic program at Hofstra University may receive a scholarship of up to USD 13,000. To be eligible, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and meet the progression requirements. Students are automatically considered for the award.

Progression scholarships – Graduate Pathway

Eligible students studying a Graduate Pathway program and planning to progress onto an academic program at Hofstra University may receive a scholarship of up to USD 4,000. To be eligible, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and meet the progression requirements. Students are automatically considered for the award.

Hofstra University Scholarships

Eligible students may receive a scholarship of up to USD 24,000. To be eligible, they must have a minimum GPA score of 3.0 and SAT score of 1150 or equivalent.

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Students have access to the exceptional facilities that can be found across Hofstra University's vibrant campus. This includes industry-standard technology in learning spaces, comfortable student halls of residence, a large library, several dining options and a fitness center.

Learning resources

Academic facilities include the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, which is a new 52,000 square foot building, the modern Behavioural Science and Market Research Lab and the Martin B. Greenberg Trading Room which is home to 34 Bloomberg Professional terminals.


Students can live in on-campus university accommodation at Hofstra. International students are based in Colonial Square, which has three courtyards where students can study, relax and socialize. Helpful staff are available to provide students assistance and as there are around 3,500 residents, international students are bound to make many friends.

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Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

Pathways to prestigious degrees

Students will be set up for academic success at the university after completing their pathway program. The different programs on offer allow students to earn degree credits as well as greatly improve their English language skills. Afterwards, they can progress on to an academic degree program at Hofstra University.

Hofstra's graduate successes

93 percent of graduating students are either employed, pursuing or planning on pursuing graduate study (Alumni Outcomes, 2018–19). 91 percent of students accept employment offers within six months of graduating, and 59 percent accept job offers before they have even graduated (Alumni Outcomes, 2018-19).

Career preparation

Hofstra gets students ready for the professional world, through industry-tailored programs, events, resources and services. This includes internship programs, industry learning facilities, networking events and other opportunities. The university helps each and every student develop an impressive resume that will help them stand out in the competitive job market.

Student Reviews

''My experience at Hofstra and in this country couldn't be better. The MBA program gave me so much knowledge about business, especially in the finance and accounting fields which I never worked in before. I got my co-op internship at Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology as a marketer. After three months of interning, the company offered me a full-time position. Now they are helping me with my OPT application. I appreciate all the talented individuals I have met through the co-op program. It has exposed me to different cultures which has molded my way of thinking.'' Max, China - MBA in Marketing

''As part of the ASPiRe, I conducted experiments in the ultrasound lab under the supervision of Dr. Ghorayeb. In the research projects at Hofstra, with the support of the faculty, two of my research projects were selected to be presented at the 2018 BMES annual meeting in Atlanta, GA.'' Chaeeun, South Korea - BS in Biomedical Engineering

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Hofstra University - INTO USA works in partnership with Hofstra University to offer high-quality university preparation programs for international students. Its academic English, International Year One and Graduate Pathway programs help students transition to a US degree program. Students will enter a fully integrated program to learn alongside American peers and earn academic credits towards Hofstra degree while developing English and academic skills. With a wide range of programs, students can pursue their passions in a degree program from a nationally respected institution.

Students have access to use all facilities and resources throughout campus that includes state-of-the-art technology and comfortable on-campus accommodations. The institute also has an active and engaging campus community with 18 dining areas, 6 theaters and more than 270 student clubs to choose from. Hofstra students consistently gain internship, research, and job opportunities with the help of dedicated faculty.

Hofstra University - INTO USA is located on Long Island, a short train ride from New York City.
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