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INTO George Mason University (GMU)

INTO GMU [Fairfax, Virginia]

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Washington, DC is one of the top 10 cities in the United States to find a job
  • 82% of Mason graduates are employed in positions related to their career goals
  • #46 Best Public Universities (U.S. News & World Report 2020)
  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • Founded in 1981, INTO George Mason University (INTO GMU) was established to provide students with outstanding English language instruction and develop a cultural awareness essential to succeed in personal, academic or professional endeavors. The INTO GMU curriculum develops students' reading, writing, listening, speaking and thinking skills and offers special instruction in TOEFL and IELTS preparation for those students wanting to integrate into the mainstream of higher education. The INTO program is integrated with George Mason University. The Pathway Program is specifically designed for students who are considering entering the university in the future and focuses on developing academic discipline, writing research papers, delivering formal oral presentations, studying effectively and test-taking. At the undergraduate level, George Mason gives strong consideration to INTO GMU students who receive recommendations for degree studies provided that they have a strong academic background. Students receive an identification card and gain full access to the University's libraries, computer and language laboratories with Internet access, free performances at the Center for the Arts, a recreation and sports complex, discounts on student-sponsored dances and parties, and free local bus transportation. A regular program of social activities and field trips is also arranged for INTO GMU students throughout the academic year. INTO GMU is a proud member of UCIEP, a U.S. consortium of University and College Intensive English Programs known for its high professional standards and quality English language instruction.
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Public University
      Establishment : 1981
      Membership/Accreditation : EnglishUSA, UCIEP / CEA
      Enrollment : 210
      Average Class Size : 15
      Airport Pickup : Student Arranged
      Tuition : High
      Community Type : Suburban
      Transportation : Bus, Subway
    • A Message from School
    • Greetings from Virginia!
      Hello from INTO George Mason University and welcome to our profile on ApplyESL.com. Since 1981 INTO GMU has provided excellent English language instruction in small classes with personal attention from talented, experienced instructors. Outside of the classroom, INTO GMU students live and study in beautiful Northern Virginia, and are only 45 minutes from downtown Washington, D.C. by bus and subway. Students tell me they like the friendly atmosphere at INTO GMU and the help and encouragement they get from their instructors. Most importantly, they appreciate the serious efforts of the faculty and staff to help them learn the English they need to achieve their goals. They also enjoy our beautiful campus and the many facilities that are available such as libraries, computer labs, sports facilities, and theaters. If you have questions, please contact us. We will be happy to hear from you. I look forward to meeting you here in Virginia to welcome you to a whole new world of learning and opportunity.
    • CONTACT INFORMATION
    • INTO George Mason University
      MSN 4C4

      4400 University Drive
      Fairfax, Virginia  22030-4444  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 858 465 6004
      FAX: +1 (703) 993-3664
      E-mail: uses@intoglobal.com
      Website: http://www.intohigher.com/us/en-us/the-universities/into-mason.aspx
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • While attending INTO GMU, students have the opportunity to live in a dormitory where they can interact with English speakers. Students living on-campus will be close to classes, campus activities and other students - both American and international. Students are encouraged to arrange housing as early as possible due to the limited amount of space available. INTO GMU may introduce private off-campus apartments, however it is the students' responsibility to make their own arrangements. For more information, use the Contact Address to ask the school directly.
    • Surrounding Area
    • The INTO George Mason University campus is ideally situated outside the city of Fairfax, Virginia among groves of trees and park-like recreational sites. The University’s close proximity to both the picturesque countryside and lively urban areas provides both students and residents the best of both worlds. To the west of Fairfax lies the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, a perfect place for hiking, camping, fishing and, in the winter, skiing. On the other hand, just 30 minutes to the east of Fairfax is Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital and the heart of American government, research, culture and business. An easy-to-use transportation system provides quick and easy access to local historical sites, museums, galleries, unique shops and popular attractions.

      Washington, DC offers endless cultural and social opportunities year-round.
      • Visit famous attractions including the US Capitol building, the White House and free Smithsonian museums.
      • Taste authentic cuisines from one of DC’s 2,200+ restaurants.
      • Cheer on a DC sports team at a baseball, basketball or hockey game.
      • Watch a performance at the world-famous Kennedy Center.
      • Attend one of DC’s many multicultural festivals.
      • Mason’s main Fairfax Campus is 24 km from Washington, DC.
      • The Arlington Campus (Graduate programs only) is 8 km from Washington, DC.
    • About the College/University
    • Established as an independent institution in 1972, George Mason University (GMU) has a growing reputation as an innovative leader in the educational field. Regarded as a dynamic, forward-thinking learning institution emphasizing technology, public policy, and the fine and performing arts, George Mason offers its students degrees in over 202 areas of specialization. The University's beautifully wooded, 677-acre main campus is home to more than 37,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students, including over 4,700 international students from more than 100 countries, and over 5,600 distinguished scholars and faculty members, including a Nobel laureate, Guggenheim foundation award winners, and published experts from a broad range of academia.

      Explore the Fairfax Campus (Main Campus)
      •The city of Fairfax is ranked #3 on the Top 25 Places to Live Well.
      •Take a free shuttle from campus to the metro, and 45 minutes later you can find yourself in front of the White House or some of the world-famous (and free) Smithsonian museums
      •Shop along the Georgetown Waterfront, hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains, or visit historic US sites like George Washington's home.

      Explore the Arlington Campus (Graduate Program Only)
      •#1 Best City to Live in America (Niche.com 2020).
      •Located just 15 minutes outside of Washington, DC, the Arlington Campus is situated in the neighborhood of Virginia Square.
      •The campus dedicated to graduate studies has a strong focus on professional education courses.
      •Students have access to state-of-the-art educational spaces, technology, libraries for research and great opportunities for professional development.
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • Conditional admission to the university is available. Please refer to the profile for <Undergraduate Pathway Program (International Year One)>course.
  • Study Options
    • Academic English Program

    • Overview
    • The Academic English Program is offered year-round with sessions beginning multiple times each year. After finishing the program, students are able to use English successfully to complete academic course work at the undergraduate and graduate level and will be ready to participate in classroom interactions as they begin degree studies at the university. Students enrolled in the Program receive 20 hours of classroom instruction per week. Students applying for Academic English must have a minimum of a high school diploma, but all students may be accepted regardless of their English language skill level.

      The Academic English Program offers English classes, from elementary to advanced levels. Courses in the program focus on developing the ability to use English to complete university level tasks while building knowledge of academic content and vocabulary. Upon the student's arrival, they are required to take an English proficiency test to help determine the level best-suited to their ability. Students in all levels of instruction develop their reading, writing, speaking, listening, vocabulary, grammar, and cultural skills to prepare themselves for future academic study in a university environment. Through organized classroom instruction and opportunities to engage outside of the classroom with other university and international students at the university, students rapidly build their skills and become more comfortable with English. Additionally, students can choose from a wide variety of elective classes and will have independent study time, outside cultural activities and conversation partner exchanges in order to enhance the overall study experience. Conversation partners meet informally to talk with one another and participate in social activities together. All Academic English Program students have access to university campus facilities. When students complete various levels of the program and meet academic requirements, they will be able to progress to either INTO Pathway programs to undergraduate and graduate study, direct undergraduate or direct graduate admission to the university.

      Small, interactive classes are emphasized to ensure full student participation. Class sizes range from 18 to 20 students. Every effort is made to keep classes at an ideal size for effective English language instruction.
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 18 - 20 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 8 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 16 Weeks (11 weeks in Summer)
      MINIMUM AGE: 17 Years Old
      REQUIREMENT: High School Diploma
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 Issued Upon Request
      HOUSING: Dormitory/On-Campus Apartment
    • Dates
      • Choose 15, 30, 45 Week Course from Starting Dates
      • 2021/08/16
      • 2022/01/11
    • Costs
    • APPLICATION FEE
      US$ 0
      TUITION FEE (2021)
      14-16 WEEKS US$ 9,140
      HOUSING
      PLACEMENT FEE
      N/A
      HOUSING FEE
      LENGTH HOMESTAY DORMITORY / ON-CAMPUS APARTMENT OFF-CAMPUS RESIDENCE
      14-16 WEEKS N/A US$ 9,800*** N/A
      Airport Pickup Service
      N/A
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and Fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Application fee is non-refundable.
      Housing Fees include meals.
      School advises student to apply 3-6 months ahead of requested start date.
    • Undergraduate Pathway Program (International Year One)

    • Overview
    • The Undergraduate Pathway Program is offered year-round with sessions beginning each semester. Pathways are for students who want to study for a degree in the United States but may have lower test scores, or English language proficiency and require additional academic or language support in order to succeed during their first year in university. Students enrolled in the Pathway program will take both language and academic courses, earning them university credit upon matriculation. The program is especially designed for international students who are driven to achieve their degree in the same amount of time as domestic students.

      The Undergraduate Pathway Program combines intensive language study, academic skills development and academic course work in a specific program designed to move students successfully through the first one or two semesters of a degree program. Pathway programs are available for students who want to study in the fields of Business, Engineering, Computing, Science and General categories. There are Undergraduate Pathways for almost any undergraduate major of interest. From the first day of classes, Pathway students study alongside domestic students in the same courses and receive intensive English language instruction and academic skills development courses. English courses make up a large portion of the Pathway program each semester. These courses will develop the student’s ability to process academic texts and lectures in English, participate in university interactions and produce academic papers and presentations based on research. The student’s grades in these courses will count towards progression to the second year of undergraduate studies. Pathway program students have full access to all of the university facilities, classrooms and accommodations. All classes take place in the heart of campus. All Undergraduate Pathway program students are required to live in on-campus university housing for the first part of their studies. However, students more than one year past high school graduation are not required to live on campus.

      Small, interactive classes are emphasized to ensure full student participation. Every effort is made to keep classes at an ideal size for effective English language instruction. Students receive the highest level of support during their transition to U.S. university life.

      Degree name: **If the degree you’re looking for isn’t listed below, please contact school representative (a.bates@discointer.com) to get more information.

      Cybersecurity
      Criminology
      Special Education
      Systems Engineering
      Healthcare Management
      Public Policy Analysis
      Economics
      Computer Science Engineering
      Business

      Requirements for 1-Term International Year One*:
      Minimum GPA Equivalent: 2.3
      TOEFL iBT: 75-80 (17 subscores in reading and writing)or
      IELTS: 6.0-6.5 (6.0 subscores inreading and writing)or
      IELA: 169-176 (169 subscores in reading and writing) or
      Duolingo: 110-120 (IELA required upon arrival) or
      Academic English: Level 5

      Requirements for 2-Term International Year One*:
      High school diploma
      Minimum GPA Equivalent: 2.3
      TOEFL iBT: 60 (13 subscores in reading and writing) or
      IELTS: 5.5 (5.5 subscores in reading and writing) or
      IELA: 162 (162 subscores in reading and writing) or
      Duolingo: 90 (IELA required upon arrival) or
      Academic English: Level 4

      Requirements for 3-Term International Year One*:
      High school diploma
      Minimum GPA Equivalent: 2.3
      TOEFL iBT: 50 (10 in all listening) or
      IELTS: 5.0 (4.5 in all listening) or
      IELA: 154 (147 in all listening) or
      Duolingo: 80 (IELA required upon arrival) or
      Academic English: Level 3

    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: Undergraduate
      CLASS LEVELS: Undergraduate
      COURSE LENGTH: 1 Year (Based on 3 Terms)
      MINIMUM AGE: 18 Years Old
      REQUIREMENT: Please refer to the description
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 Provided Upon Request
      HOUSING: Dormitory/On-Campus Apartment

    • Dates
      • Choose 15, 30, 45 Week Course from Starting Dates
      • 2021/08/23
      • 2022/01/18
    • Costs
    • APPLICATION FEE
      N/A
      TUITION FEE (2021)
      14-16 WEEKS US$ 22,435
      HOUSING
      PLACEMENT FEE
      HOUSING FEE
      LENGTH HOMESTAY DORMITORY / ON-CAMPUS APARTMENT OFF-CAMPUS RESIDENCE
      14-16 WEEKS N/A US$ 9,800*** N/A
      Airport Pickup Service
      N/A
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and Fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Application fee is non-refundable.
      ***Housing Fees include meals.
      School advises student to apply 3-6 months ahead of requested start date.
    • Undergraduate Direct Entry

    • Overview
    • The direct entry to an undergraduate degree is available if you already meet the university’s academic and English language requirements. The degree program you select may have additional requirements.

      Popular majors: **If the major you’re looking for isn’t listed below, please contact school representative (a.bates@discointer.com) to get more information.

      Business
      Computer Science
      Conflict Analysis and Resolution
      Cyber Security
      Criminology
      Economics
      Engineering
      Information Technology
      Psychology
      Public Policy

      Requirements for 4-year Undergraduate Degree:
      • High school diploma
      • 3.0 GPA on 4.0 scale
      • TOEFL iBT 80(18 minimum subscores) or
      • IELTS 6.5 or
      • IELA 176
      • Academic English 6 level


      ** The degree program you select may have additional requirements.
      ** All information is provided as a guide and does not guarantee entry. Admissions decisions are at the discretion of the university.
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: Undergraduate
      CLASS LEVELS: Undergraduate Degree
      COURSE LENGTH: 4 Years
      MINIMUM AGE: 18 Years Old
      REQUIREMENT: Please refer to the description.
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 Issued Upon Request
      HOUSING: Dormitory/On-Campus Apartment
    • Dates
      • Choose 51 - 52 Week Course from Starting Dates
      • 2021/08/17
      • 2022/01/12
    • Costs
    • APPLICATION FEE
      N/A
      TUITION FEE (2021)
      52 WEEKS US$ 31,250+ per year
      HOUSING
      PLACEMENT FEE
      N/A
      HOUSING FEE
      LENGTH HOMESTAY DORMITORY / ON-CAMPUS APARTMENT OFF-CAMPUS RESIDENCE
      52 WEEKS N/A US$ 12,304 N/A
      Airport Pickup Service
      N/A
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and Fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Housing Fees include meals.
      School advises student to apply 3-6 months ahead of requested start date.
      Entry and progression requirements are subject to change and may vary by program.
  • Location
    • United States Fairfax, Virginia
    • Location
      INTO George Mason University
      MSN 4C4

      University Drive Fairfax, Virginia  22030  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport:
      It is the student's responsibility to arrange their own transportation from the airport to campus. Taxis are available at the airport. It will cost approximately US$40 and will arrive on campus in 30 minutes.

      From Washington Dulles International Airport:
      It is the student's responsibility to arrange their own transportation from the airport to campus. Taxis are available at the airport. It will cost approximately US$40 and will arrive on campus in 30 minutes.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 4.1
      School Environment: 4.5
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.1
      Activities and Social Life: 3.9
      Accommodation: 3.9

      4.1

    • There are 15 reviews for this school

    • 익명
      [ Gyeonggi, Korea, Age 28, Female ]
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
      Great School!
      The ELI staff was very kind. Whenever I drop by the ELI office, they were always very pleasant. I don't have any complaints about my stay at the school. I strongly strongly recommend studying at George Mason University if you want to improve your English.
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      Gebbangee
      [ Seoul, South Korea, Age 24, Female ]
      3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
      Awesome Campus!
      I studied for one year in 2006 at George Mason University. I took the ELI program (started from High-intermediate to Advanced level) and lived at the dormitory for 3 months. I had no family and friends when I arrived in the United States, but the kind faculty, teachers and friends helped me a lot so I could adapt quickly. I appreciate all of them, and if I have another chance to study in the United states I will choose GMU again.
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      A Former Student
      [ Tokyo, Japan, Age 36, Male ]
      2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      Excellent instructors and staff to accommodate international students. Academic and social activities within the program and the university to learn English and US culture. Nice and convienient location in the DC area to make the most of culture and art.
      I had a homestay and it was a really good experience to know other international and US people.
      Was this review helpful to you? Yes  No 


      Peter
      [ Yogyakarta, Indonesia ]

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    • ApplyESL claims no responsibility for errors in, or the quality of, machine translations provided by Google Translate.

      學生
      [ Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Age 26, Female ]
      2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      2011 spring semester in GMU
      我所上的Preparation for Graduate Study對於將來在美國就學很有幫助,老師也很nice. 這個地區離華府很近,要去玩也很方便。基本上我很滿意,也會推薦別人這間學校。


      Anne Chou
      [ Taichung, Taiwan, Taiwan, Age 32, Female ]
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
      GMU整體教育安排很好,指導老師都很認真教課,室內上課或室外教學安排得宜。校區環境很好,地方大,空氣好,圖書館為任何持有學生証的人皆可借書。有公車可搭至地鐵站,地鐵站可往DC。
      住宿方面,因主要為供正班學生住宿,比較簡易,對短期進修來說,還要購買所有用品,除了負擔比較大,也帶不回來。且要求需住一整學年。不過住在學校的宿舍一般會與正班大學生同房,對想英文進步快速的人會有幫助。
      若有機會會再想回去GMU進修,GMU是個好學校。


      Buscape
      [ Seoul, S.Korea, Age 26, Male ]
      캠퍼스를 누리고 싶으면 가라!
      먼저 미국 내 많은 학교부설 어학원 중에서
      조지메이슨 대학은 아이비리그를 제외하고 손에 뽑습니다.
      지역이나 학교(굉장히 발전하는 학교)를 볼 때 손색이 없습니다.
      그래서 워싱턴과의 접근성이나 캠퍼스를 사용하고 학교학생들과
      만날 수 있다는 점에서 추천할 수 있습니다.
      그러나 영어수업에 있어서는 호불호가 엇갈립니다. 굉장히 타이트한 수업이긴 하지만 짜임새나 커리큘럼이 높다고 할 수 는 없습니다.
      미국이기에 개인주의가 강해서 자기 스스로 하기 나름입니다.


      익명
      [ 안산, 한국, Age 34, Male ]
      2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      GMU에서 느낀점
      선생님들과의 커뮤니케이션이 잘 되있는것 같다.


      익명
      [ seoul, south korea, Age 25, Female ]
      2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      George Mason University
      학교 시설이나 제공되는 서비스, 숙박 시설 등을 고려해 볼 때 비싼 학비는 어느 정도 감수할 만하다고 생각합니다. 특히, 번잡한 대도시 중심가에서 떨어져 있어 여유로운 느낌을 가질 수 있으면서도 워싱턴 D.C.까지의 근접성 때문에 실상 대도시 안에 위치한 것과 다름 없는 생활 환경을 누릴 수 있어서 매우 좋습니다. 다양한 ELI 야외활동은 물론, GMU에서 제공하는 outgoing에도 자유롭게 참여할 수 있다는 장점이 있습니다.


      서형일
      [ 부천, 한국, Age 37, Male ]
      2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      조지 메이슨
      조지 메이슨의 ESI는 전반적으로 수업의 질이나 교수진의 구성이 아주 좋다고 생각합니다. 게다가 일반 학생들과 동일한 혜택과 함께 어울릴 수 있는 기회가 많아서 좀 더 영어를 배울 수 있는 기회가 많이 있습니다. 커리큘럼이 상당히 치밀하게 짜여져 있으며 정확한 레벨의 수업을 위한 제도들도 잘 만들어져 있습니다. 지역 자체가 아주 좋은 환경을 가지고 있는 도시이고 특별히 한국 사람들이 살기에 좋은 곳이기에 추천할만한 대학이라고 생각합니다.


      學生
      [ 高雄市, 台灣, Age 29, Female ]


      呂家榛
      [ 台南市, 台灣, Age 37, Female ]


      Sunny
      [ SEOUL, KOREA ]


      자스민
      [ 포항, 한국, Age 38, Female ]


      Jihyun Kim
      [ Seoul, South Korea ]
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