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Approximate Costs

Academic Year 2016 - 2017

The following costs are estimated based on a student's enrollment in the ESL Program's Intensive English Program (IEP) which offers instruction for 20 hours per week during each semester.


One Semester
(Four Months)

Two Semesters
(Eight Months)

Three Semesters
(Eleven Months)


$ 5,135

$ 9,890

$ 14,835

One-time Testing Fee



$ 5,880

$ 11,760

$ 17,640

Personal Expenses

$ 1,000

$ 2,200

$ 3,300


$ 350

$ 700

$ 1050

Health Insurance

$ 900

$ 1,800

$ 2,700


$ 13,004


$ 39,012

Other Cost Factors

• Tuition charges per semester are estimated based on a fee of $1,027.00 per four-hour course.  Students in additional two-hour courses (Academic Strategies for International Students; TOEFL Preparation) are charged $513.00 per course.

• Eligibility for any academic degree course work taken together with ESL courses depends upon your acceptance into a degree program and your demonstrated levels of language proficiency.

• Housing, personal expenses, and health insurance charges are estimated for one person (with no accompanying dependents) occupying a double room, in on-campus housing, with a full meal plan.

Health insurance is required. An average cost is listed above; actual costs vary according to the type of plan purchased. Prices range from $700 - $1600 per year. You are not required to purchase Duquesne's plan but must show proof of comparable coverage from another source. If you do not provide documentation of health insurance coverage, you will be automatically enrolled in the Duquesne University health insurance plan and charged for the insurance.

• There is a one-time testing fee of $50 (not included in total above.)

• Most courses are 4 hours per week and cost $989.00 per course. Some courses at the advanced level meet for 2 and 3 hours per week. The total hours of class time remains 20 hours per week and the cost is the same ($4,945.00 per semester.

*Costs are subject to change.  Please contact the program for most recent costs.

The Number of English Classes Which A Student Needs

Students take required English language placement tests when they arrive, and then they learn how many ESL classes they will need to take.  Some students enroll in the INTENSIVE program and need five courses during the semester.  Other students may need fewer courses and study in the SEMI-INTENSIVE program for at least four courses during the semester at a lower cost. Each course costs $956.00.

United States Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Regulations for Maintaining Full-Time Student Status.

Non-degree ESL program students who enroll in the ESL Program only for English language study are required to maintain full-time student status.  To do so, they enroll each semester for either the Intensive or the Semi-Intensive programs.

Final course selection will depend upon demonstrated language learning needs as determined by Duquesne University after English language placement testing and upon approval of the ESL Program advisor.

Eligibility to Enroll in NON-ESL University Courses for Credit

Students who have been accepted to the Duquesne University ESL Program only to study English are welcome to apply for permission to study non-ESL university courses for credit in addition to their ESL courses.  Eligibility for such study will depend upon a student’s prior academic record of education and upon demonstrated English language skills.

Some students may want to study a non-ESL course to practice their English; other students may want to apply to an academic degree program while they are studying their English courses.  Since academic courses for credit taken together with ESL courses can increase costs, students interested in combining ESL and non-ESL classes should consult the Office of International Programs for cost information.

You may mail or fax your application to:

Office of International Programs
601 Duquesne Union
Pittsburgh, PA  15282, USA

Fax: 412.396.5178

You can also apply online