Frequently Asked Questions

How does Duquesne University help students before they arrive?

The Center for Global Engagement answers questions about application steps, immigration regulations, health insurance, housing and arrival services.  Incoming students can read the International Student Handbook to prepare for their arrival to campus.  During our international orientation, you will be introduced to one of Duquesne's Cultural Ambassadors who are current students who have already been through the process of settling into a new environment, and who want to help other students become familiar and comfortable with life on campus.

What about services for new students at Duquesne University?

The Center for Global Engagement offers an Orientation Week each semester. During this week, new students receive information and meet both other students and Duquesne University officials. The ESL Program also offers an orientation program for all new ESL students. To get ready for your ESL New Student Orientation, you can look at these important Student Guidelines

Where can I find information about housing options?

On-campus and off-campus housing: 

How will I know my classes and program level?

All new ESL students sit for language placement tests. After these tests, students learn their program level and classes from their ESL advisor. Program levels and courses.

How large are the class sizes?

Our small class sizes average around 10-12 students.

Can I also take university classes offered in degree programs?

Students whose previous education and progress in English are satisfactory also may qualify to take courses in Duquesne University degree programs. However, acceptance to a degree program will depend upon a separate application submitted to the Center for Global Engagement.

How long will it take me to learn enough English to study at a U.S. university?

The answer depends upon many factors---your prior level of English, how many classes you take, your rate of progress in each class, and your own level of hard work! However, students who enter at the Basic A level should plan on at least one to one-and-a-half years of study (four to five semesters). Students who enter at the advanced level usually need one to two semesters to complete ESL requirements.