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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 and academic skills, and then progress to a prestigious degree program taught by Hofstra University.

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 is also only 40km away from New York City, the No. 1 most influential city in the world according to Kearney Global Cities Report 2020 and the No. 1 most exciting city in the world according to Time Out 2021.

There are over 50 Fortune 500 company headquarters in the state of New York, the most in the US, with many located right in New York City. Students can benefit from many industry connections and opportunities.

The university has a strong emphasis on professional development 71% of students completed an internship, and many did two or more, according to the Alumni Outcomes survey 2019-2020. In addition, 93% of graduating students were employed, attending graduate school or both. It is within the top 8% of American colleges and universities for mid-career salaries for alumni who only have a bachelor's degree by PayScale College Salary Report 2019-2020.

Hofstra's campus has countless amenities for student participation. The university has 21 NCAA Division I sports teams, which the entire community gets together to support.

There is a 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. The university works hard to ensure that students are able to enjoy a unique and rewarding experience well in advance of their arrival, and long after their graduation.

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What's new

What's new

New buildings for engineering, nursing and business

In June 2021, Hofstra broke ground on a new, USD $75 million Science and Innovation Center. The building will be a 75,000 square-foot facility that will house the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Hofstra-Northwell School of Nursing. It will have simulation facilities for nursing students and advanced labs for science and engineering students. The expected completion date is December 2022.

The newly completed Frank G. Zarb School of Business 52,000-square-foot building is home to a Behavioral Science and Market Research Lab, a makerspace/start-up incubator and an improved Center for Entrepreneurship. There are 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 as energy-efficient systems and technologies have been 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.

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. Hofstra helped me with my CPT application. 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

''Through Hofstra, I was able to be part of this year's co-op program as a Data Engineering intern at InterDigital Inc. in New York City. What I like about the co-op program is that it opens up job opportunities that are not necessarily available to everyone. I think the relationship between Hofstra's Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science and companies allows companies to trust that students will perform well at their job. Working as an intern at InterDigital not only allowed me to get hands-on experience in my field of interest, but I also learned new skills while on the job. It has been an invaluable experience.'' Gianna, Peru, MS in Computer Science

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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 prepares them 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.

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. Students will be able to complete a pathway program that is suited to their English Language abilities and up to three semesters in length, to prepare them for entrance onto their chosen undergraduate program.

Undergraduate Transfer Program

This program is designed for students who have already undertaken a college or university course and are looking to transfer to Hofstra University. This program allows students to transfer their completed credits towards their new degree.

Direct Entry Graduate

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.

Graduate Pathway Program

This pathway program is for international students who are looking to develop the academic and English Language skills they require to successfully complete a master's level degree and prepare for GMAT/GRE tests if the program requires it. There are one and two semester options, depending on a student's English language abilities. Some of the credits will apply towards 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 US 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.

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, a minimum TOEFL score of 60 or equivalent.

Direct Entry Graduate

Entry onto this academic program requires the applicant demonstrate a GPA minimum of 3.0, alongside the completion of a bachelor's level degree.

The English language requirements for this course include an IELTS score of 6.5 or more, or a TOEFL score of at least 80, or equivalent score from another test.

Graduate Pathway Program

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:

INTO Hofstra Regional Scholarship

Eligible students studying an International Year One or Undergraduate Transfer program may receive a scholarship up to USD $15,000. Or eligible students studying a Graduate Pathway program may receive up to USD $12,000. The award is dependent on availability for particular regions and may have additional eligibility requirements.

Progression scholarship – International Year One

Eligible students studying an International Year One or Undergraduate Transfer Program and planning to progress onto an academic program at Hofstra University may receive a scholarship of up to USD $13,000 per year, renewable for up to three years. To be eligible for this award, students will need to demonstrate a GPA achievement of 3.5 or more, in addition to the progression requirements set out. Eligible students will be automatically entered for this 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 per year, renewable for up to one year. To be eligible, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and meet the progression requirements. Students are automatically considered for the award.

Undergraduate Hofstra Scholarships and Merit Awards

Eligible students may receive a scholarship of up to USD $30,500 per year, renewable for up to four years. 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 Behavioral Science and Market Research Lab and the Martin B. Greenberg Trading Room which is home to 34 Bloomberg Professional terminals.


At Hofstra, students will be able to enjoy living in fantastic on-site accommodation which offers unbeatable convenience. International students' accommodation is located at Colonial Square, which is a safe and pleasant area that includes several courtyards which are perfect for relaxation and socializing. Helpful staff are available to provide students assistance and as there are around 3,500 residents, international students are bound to make many friends.

Hofstra University is invested in the well-being of its community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The university has health and safety protocols such as vaccines, masks and social distancing to ensure everyone's safety. As of January 4, 2022, 100% of students and employees were fully vaccinated.

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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 improve their English language skills. Afterwards, they can progress on to an academic degree program at Hofstra University.

Hofstra's graduate successes

93% of graduating students are either employed, pursuing or planning on attending graduate school, according to the Alumni Outcomes survey 2019–20. 88% of students accept employment offers within six months of graduating, and 48% accept job offers before graduation (Alumni Outcomes survey 2019-20).

Career preparation

Hofstra gets students ready for the professional world, through industry-tailored programs, events, resources and services. This includes internship programs like the MBA and engineering co-op 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.

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