About the International Year One (iY-1) Program


Unlock unparalleled access to U.S. higher education with the iY-1 Program, a ground-breaking initiative by Syracuse University in collaboration with Interlearn, Inc. Tailored for students in select countries, iY-1 streamlines the college application process while offering a practical, blended learning experience.

A Welcome From the Dean

What Sets iY-1 Apart?

  • Test Exemption: No SAT/ACT or English proficiency tests are required.
  • Begin at a Center of Your Choice: Start your university journey in familiar surroundings before transitioning to Syracuse University for in-person study. Through local delivery partners, the iY-1 Program is currently reviewing and admitting students at university centers in the following cities in China: Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou, and Xiamen and North America: New York, New York* and Ontario, Canada. 
  • Hybrid Learning: Enjoy the best of both worlds with local instructors and online lectures from Syracuse University professors.
  • Syracuse Student Status: Access official resources and support services from Syracuse University throughout the program.
  • Cost and Time Savings: Spend less on tuition and living expenses during your first year.

Who Should Consider iY-1?

iY-1 is perfect for students seeking an alternative path to Syracuse University and U.S. higher education. It’s ideal if:

  • You need to improve your academic English skills.
  • You prefer a gradual transition to college life.
  • Starting your first year at a local center suits your needs and budget.
  • You’re ready to excel in online and in-person classes.
  • You’re committed to meeting academic requirements for progression to your second year.

Embark on your academic journey with iY-1 and pave the way for a successful future at Syracuse University.

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After submitting an application, applicants participate in an interview and English assessment to identify the best entry point into iY-1 for them. Depending on the assessment results, applicants may be directed to either a 6-week or 12-week Pre-Sessional English program conducted entirely online during the Summer of 2024 or a 4-week program at the start of the Fall 2024 semester.

Participating in the Pre-Sessional English program will:

  • enhance your academic English skills, preparing you for the full iY-1 program
  • engage in interactive online sessions with Syracuse University instructors and complete independent study tasks

These live sessions will run approximately 10-12 hours per week. Successfully completing the Pre-Sessional English program guarantees your admission to the iY-1 program.

Pre-Sessional Program Start Dates

  • May 20, 2024: 12-week start date for pre-sessional online English training
  • July 1, 2024: 6-week start date for pre-sessional online English training
  • August 26, 2024: 4-week start date for pre-sessional online English training

Pre-Sessional Program Application Deadlines

  • May 6, 2024: Tuition and forms due for 12-week pre-sessional program
  • June 17, 2024: Tuition and forms due for 6-week pre-sessional program
  • August 12, 2024: Tuition and forms due for 4-week pre-sessional program

iY-1 Program Start Dates

  • August 26, 2024 or September 23, 2024: Begin your first semester of the iY-1 program in your home country at your designated center.
  • January 13, 2025: Begin your second semester of undergraduate courses in your home country at your designated center.
  • May 14, 2025: Latest date to arrive in Syracuse to continue your first year on the Syracuse University campus for your summer semester.
  • May 19, 2025: Begin your summer semester at Syracuse University.
  • August 25, 2025: Begin your second undergraduate year at Syracuse University or a partner institution with 30 credits.

iY-1 Application Deadline

  • August 1, 2024: Tuition and forms due for iY-1 program Class 1
  • September 1, 2024: Tuition and forms due for iY-1 program Class 2

Pre-Sessional I (12-Week Summer 2024 Program): $8,510*

Pre-Sessional II (6-Week Summer 2024 Program): $4,255*

Fall 2024 (16-Week Fall 2024 Program or 12-week Fall 2024 Program with Winter Intersession Course): $16,800*

Spring 2025: $16,800*

Summer 2025: $13,600

*Subject to change. Fall and Spring tuition includes $100 for math textbook.

To be successful in your online sessions with Syracuse University faculty, please have a working:

  • laptop for all components of the program
  • camera for video
  • microphone

*Please ensure that you have all of the above before the first day of the program



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