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Government and Public Affairs, Pre-Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration

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Overview

The Government and Public Affairs course offered by the Virginia Commonwealth University prepares students in five areas: criminal justice, homeland security and emergency preparedness, public administration, public policy and administration, and urban and regional studies and planning.

Jumpstart your career in criminal justice, public policy and  administration, government, law and homeland security and emergency preparedness  through the VCU Global Student Success Program, a program designed specifically for international student success.

About the GSSP

The Undergraduate Global Student Success Program (GSSP) is equivalent to the first year of a bachelor’s degree program. The GSSP consists of for-credit coursework and provides an academic and cultural bridge from your high school experience to studying at Virginia Commonwealth University.

When you successfully complete the GSSP, you will move directly into the second year of your undergraduate degree program at the Virginia Commonwealth University.

Programme Structure

Program benefits:
  • VCU student from day one
  • No SAT or ACT required for admission
  • Receive academic credits toward your VCU degree
  • Small class sizes and additional student support provided

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    70

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Undergraduate direct entry and Global Student Success Program entry requirements vary depending on the academic and English language qualification results achieved.
  • All applications are reviewed individually against the entry criteria for each program listed. All applications are subject to final University departmental review and approval.
  • VCU admissions reserves the right to request additional documentation if necessary for review. Students are required to submit all official transcripts from postsecondary institutions attended beyond high school whether they are seeking credit transfer or not. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33300 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33300 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    33300 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33300 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Richmond

  • 871 - 1410 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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