Learn English while earning credit toward your undergraduate degree.

Students can apply for an undergraduate degree at Duquesne with or without English language test scores. Here's how it works:

  • The Gateway is designed for students seeking admission to Duquesne while improving their academic English skills
  • You can be admitted as a degree student for the Summer (May), Fall (August) or Spring (January) semesters, and begin your English coursework immediately
  • You will complete English coursework while earning up to a total of 15 credits toward your undergraduate degree
  • Once you complete the Gateway coursework satisfactorily, you may begin your degree program right away

If you have a TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo English Test, or PTE Academic score: Depending on your score you will study for 1, 2, or 3 semesters (4 months, 8 months or 12 months of study)

No test score, no problem! You will be tested and placed in appropriate English courses once you arrive on campus.

The Duquesne Gateway Program Structure

Each semester at Duquesne is a total of 4 months. You can complete the Gateway (English and academic courses) in 4, 8, or 12 months and finish within one year.

Gateway 1 Gateway 2 Gateway 3
Minimum English Score 40-49 iBT / 4.5 IELTS / 65-74 Duolingo English Test / 38 PTE Academic 50-59 iBT / 5.0 IELTS / 75-84 Duolingo English Test / 41 PTE Academic 60-69 iBT / 5.5 IELTS / 85-94 Duolingo / 44 PTE Academic
Number of Semesters 3 2 1

5 Intermediate ESL (2 credits)*


Academic Culture Seminar I (1 credits)**

5 Advanced "A" ESL (2 credits)*


Academic Culture Seminar II (2 credits)**

3 Advanced "B" ESL (2 credits)


1 ESL Literature course (counts as Global Diversity -3 credits)


1 Creative Arts, Social Justice, or Faith and Reason Course (3 credits)

Credits Toward Degree 3 4 8
Costs per semester

$1,227 per ESL course (5 courses)
$1,388 per academic credit (1 credit)

TOTAL: $7,523

$1,227 per ESL course (5 courses)
$1,388 per academic credit (2 credits)

TOTAL: $8,911

$1,227 per ESL course (3 courses)
$1,388 per academic credit (6 credits)

TOTAL: $12,009

* Students receive 2 credits for each level of ESL completed.

** Academic Culture Seminars will count as academic credit.

Academic courses at Duquesne are typically 3 credits each (12 credits = full-time coursework).

Students must pass each class with a C or better to be approved for full admission to the academic degree program

Don't have the minimum test scores? No problem! You may still apply to Duquesne and be placed in Basic ESL courses.

Be sure to explore our Global English Institute in more detail.