International Study Center

International study program

International Year

Our programs are created especially for international students. We provide English language tuition, study skills, and personal support to help you meet the challenges of a Baylor education. At the International Study Center, you’ll study a broad range of subjects that prepare you for success in your chosen degree.

Your pathway to excellence

The International Year is equivalent to your first year of undergraduate study at Baylor University. Programs are delivered over two or three semesters, depending on your level of English language.

Intensive English Program (IEP)

Our IEP courses teach you the English language and academic study skills you need to succeed in your degree. You’ll also study critical thinking and learn about university life at Baylor and in America.

During our International Year, you will study a combination of IEP courses and academic content courses. Below is a sample list of the courses you may take in the different pathway programs.

Key facts

Program length

1 or 2 semesters, plus optional additional Intensive English Program semester

Intakes

January, August

See fee information here

Entry requirements

Find out what grades you need to achieve to join the International Study Center.

Sample International Year curriculum

1st semester 2nd semester 3rd semester
Reading 1 Grammar 2 Grammar 3
Writing 1 Reading and Writing 2 Reading and Writing 3
Listening/Speaking 1 Listening/Speaking 2 Listening/Speaking 3
Grammar 1 US Culture  Critical Thinking
Research Skills Students will have an opportunity to choose two academic content courses, one math course and one additional course. Course options may include:
New Student Experience Ideas in Mathematics 3 (3 credits) Precalculus for Business/Precalculus (3 credits)
  Precalculus for Business/Precalculus (3 credits) Business Calculus (3 credits)
  American Constitutional Development (3 credits) American Constitutional Development (3 credits)
  Thinking, Writing, and Research (3 credits) Thinking, Writing, and Research (3 credits)
  Modern Concepts of Bioscience (4 credits) Basic Principles of modern Chemistry (4 credits)
  Intro to Sociology (3 credits) Intro to Sociology (3 credits)
  Modern Languages, Languages, Culture, and Global Communities (3 credits) Modern Languages, Languages, Culture, and Global Communities (3 credits)
1st semester 2nd semester
Grammar 2 Grammar 3
Reading and Writing 2 Reading and Writing 3
Listening/Speaking 2 Listening/Speaking 3
US Culture  Critical Thinking
Students will have an opportunity to choose two academic content courses, one math course and one additional course. Course options may include:
Ideas in Mathematics 3 (3 credits) Precalculus for Business/Precalculus (3 credits) 
Precalculus for Business/Precalculus (3 credits) Business Calculus (3 credits)
American Constitutional Development (3 credits) American Constitutional Development (3 credits)
Thinking, Writing, and Research (3 credits) Thinking, Writing, and Research (3 credits)
Modern Concepts of Bioscience (4 credits) Basic Principles of modern Chemistry (4 credits)
Intro to Sociology (3 credits) Intro to Sociology (3 credits)
Modern Languages, Languages, Culture, and Global Communities (3 credits) Modern Languages, Languages, Culture, and Global Communities (3 credits)
1st Semester 
Grammar 3
Reading and Writing 3
Listening/Speaking 3
Critical Thinking
 Students will have an opportunity to choose two academic content courses, one math course and one additional course. Course options may include:
Precalculus for Business/Precalculus (3 credits)
Business Calculus (3 credits)
American Constitutional Development (3 credits)
Thinking, Writing, and Research (3 credits)
Basic Principles of modern Chemistry (4 credits)
Intro to Sociology (3 credits)
Modern Languages, Languages, Culture, and Global Communities (3 credits)

Direct admission

High achieving international students are invited to apply for undergraduate direct admission. A select number of applicants are admitted each year – you can greatly increase your chances of selection by applying through us, or your local agent.

Your degree program

Once you complete the International Year program you will continue studying for your degree as a Baylor University student. In your third year you will choose a major from the list below*:

  • Accounting
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Apparel Design and Product Development
  • Apparel Merchandising
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Music
  • Arabic and Middle East Studies
  • Art History
  • Asian Studies
  • Astronomy
  • Aviation Administration
  • Aviation Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biology
  • Business Fellows
  • Chemistry
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Choral Music
  • Church Music
  • Classics
  • Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Communication
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Communication Specialist
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science Fellows
  • Earth Science
  • Economics
  • Education - Elementary
  • Education - Middle Grade
    • English, Language Arts and Reading
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social Studies
  • Education - Secondary
    • Business
    • English, Language Arts and Reading
    • Life Sciences
    • Mathematics
    • Physical Sciences
    • Social Studies
  • Education - Spanish all level
  • Education - Special Education
  • Education Certification - Music Education
  • Education Certification - Physical Education
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation
  • Environmental Health Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Film and Digital Media
  • Finance
  • French
  • General Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Geography
  • Geophysics
  • German
  • Great Texts of the Western Tradition
  • Greek
  • Health Science Studies
  • Health, Kinesiology, and Leisure Studies
  • History
  • Human Resources Management
  • Instrumental Music
  • Interior Design
  • International Business
  • International Studies
  • Journalism
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Latin
  • Latin American Studies
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Humanities
  • Music
  • Music Composition
  • Music History and Literature
  • Music Theory
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Piano Pedagogy
  • Political Science
  • Professional Writing and Rhetoric
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Real Estate
  • Recreation and Leisure Services
  • Religion
  • Risk Management and Insurance
  • Russian
  • Science Research Fellows
  • Slavic and East European Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Sports Sponsorship and Sales
  • Sports Strategy and Sales
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Theatre Arts
  • Theatre Design and Technology
  • Theatre Performance
  • Theatre Studies
  • University Scholars

*Major degree options subject to change.