global gateway program

Postgraduate University Preparation Program

Master's International Year

The Master's International Year is designed to help international students adjust to US university life. It is a 2-term pathway in which you earn 12 graduate credits in your chosen master’s program while increasing your language proficiency. Small class sizes and collaborative learning will ease you into the US teaching style, and you will be encouraged to put your ideas forward in lessons. You will study English language, while also studying a mixture of core and subject-specific modules. 

You can choose between 9 degree options, all taught by prestigious UVM faculty. You’ll take four courses per semester, including two taught with other graduate students. During your Master's International Year, you will earn 24 credits in the 2-term program - 12 of these credits count towards your full graduate degree.

Why choose the Master's International Year?

The Master's International Year will build your confidence to make sure you thrive on your graduate degree. You will have specialist English language preparation, as well as subject-specific tuition. You will also gain extra support with career skills to make sure you are ready to reach your goals when you graduate. Most importantly, your experience of international education will expose you to different outlooks and help you form global connections.

Curriculum and Electives

Term 1

  • Academic Writing for Graduate Students (3 credits)
  • Advanced Academic Communication Skills for Graduate Students (3 credits)
  • Subject Area Course (3-4 credits)
  • Subject Area Course (3-4 credits)

Term 2

  • Presenting Academic Research (3 credits)
  • Technical Writing (3 credits)
  • Subject Area Course (3-4 credits)
  • Subject Area Course (3-4 credits)

Subject area courses will vary depending on the chosen degree program.

Options include:

  • STAT 251 (Probability Theory)
  • MATH 237 (Introduction to Numerical Analysis)
  • CE/EE/ME 218 (Numerical Methods for Engineering)
  • ME 249 (Computational Fluids Engineering)
  • PHYS 301 (Mathematical Physics)
  • PHRM 201 (Introduction to Pharmacology)
  • CHEM 236 (Physical Inorganic Chemistry)
  • ME 252 (Mechanical Behavior of Materials)
  • PHYS 222/331 (Biological Physics)

What Degree can I Study?

After successfully completing the Master's International Year you can progress to one of nine master's degrees. You need to complete the full the Master's International Year, achieving the required level of proficiency while maintaining the minimum Grade Point Average (GPA).

Minimum grade requirements:

  • Oral test proficiency level equivalent to direct admit requirement
  • 3.0 GPA in UVM coursework

Your Degree Options 

Graduate degrees at the University of Vermont give you a competitive edge and provide the right training to help you achieve your career goals. During your degree, you will work with distinguished faculty who are internationally recognized. On some courses, you will also have the opportunity to work with industry partners and potential future employers.

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
MS Biomedical Engineering MS 3.0 2.75
MS Civil and Environmental Engineering MS 3.0 2.75
MS Electrical Engineering MS 3.0 2.75
MS Materials Science MS 3.0 2.75
MS Mathematics MS 3.0 2.75
MS Mechanical Engineering MS 3.0 2.75
MS Pharmacology MS 3.0 2.75
MS Physics MS 3.0 2.75
MS Statistics MS 3.0 2.75

Focus on Your Career

We are dedicated to helping you achieve your career goals at UVM. The Master's International Year starts to prepare you through our integrated CareerAhead service. With the support of an International Career Counselor, you will gain the tools you need to impress employers, and make the right choices to succeed in your future career. The UVM Career Center will support your career development throughout your time studying at UVM.

Progressed Vermont GGP student Hui Hui

"When I first came here I was confused. I felt like I wanted to make friends and I wanted to communicate but then the language barrier prevented me from doing that. After two semesters of the GGP, I felt really good progress. My professors helped me a lot."

Hui from China
Studied Global Gateway Program
Now studying Economics

Key Facts

Term Dates

  • August 12, 2020 (arrival date)
  • August 31, 2020 (start date)

Entry Requirements

Visit our entry requirements page to find out more.


Visit our fees page to find a full list of course and accommodation fees.


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