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Hofstra University

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Quick facts:

  • Live by the Long Island Gold Coast less than an hour away from New York City
  • In the top 140 national schools (US News & World Report, 2019)
  • Hofstra’s Pathway Program provides international students with additional academic and language support

Located by the famous Long Island Gold Coast, Hofstra University has over 175 degrees to offer to applicants, as well as a wide range of admissions options. It is particularly known for its outstanding degrees in Business, Engineering and Communications.

This is Hofstra

Founded in 1935 with approximately 800 students and four programs of study, Hofstra has evolved into a world-class private university where nearly 11,000 students choose from hundreds of program optio...

The university is extremely dedicated in preparing students as much as possible for the world of work following graduation, as the curriculum is constantly updated so that students learn and acquire skills required for their field. As part of their degree students also intern at firms such as CBS, Goldman Sachs and Vogue Magazine to gain work experience, boost employability and get a head start in their careers. At Hofstra, typical undergraduate classes are small and on average consist of 20 students. This creates a more relaxed, engaging atmosphere and contributes to a supportive academic environment. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1, teachers are available and extremely dedicated to providing any necessary and additional help to students.

Studying in New York

The picturesque and vibrant campus is situated in a relaxed neighborhood less than an hour away from New York city and in close proximity to JFK Airport; a convenience for international students. It is also home to a community of 11 000 students from 66 countries. The 240 acre campus offers plenty of entertainment all year round including 500 organized events per year. In addition, there are 17 sports division teams, 6 theaters and 18 eateries on site, so there is plenty opportunity for students to stay entertained and pursue new hobbies throughout their time at Hofstra . The island itself has plenty of landmarks, sites and places to visit including a 300 year old Sunken ship by an untouched forest at Fire Island, wide beaches, local seafood restaurants, the Roosevelt Field mall and plenty of art museums in the home town of famous abstract artist, Jackson Pollock. Hofstra’s location puts students close to the glamorous beaches of the Hamptons as well as the hustle and bustle of New York City with its charming Central Park, the MOMA museum and many more famous and historic landmarks.

The Frank G. Zarb School of Business

The newly opened Frank G. Zarb school of business contains its Behavioral Science and Market Research lab where students are able to conduct research on consumers’ engagement to the latest technology and new products. The building is also home to one of the largest academic trading rooms in the country; the Martin B. Greenberg Trading Room, identical to those used by leading financial institutions. The Centre for Entrepreneurship is another great hub which gives students the chance to collaborate with startups and seek advise and mentoring from its entrepreneurs-in-residence.

The school also hosts a range of business programs, some of which include:

  • HOFSTRA DIGITAL REMEDY VENTURE CHALLENGE where students can pitch their own business plan and winners gain access to a manhattan office space, a digital marketing package to launch their business as well as a cash prize. 
  • MBA CO-OP PROGRAMME giving students the opportunity to do 6 month paid internships at leading corporations in New York and Long Island

The Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science

The School of Engineering and Applied Science grants students the opportunity to collaborate with a host of companies through the Centre of Innovation to help businesses work on innovative solutions, in turn gaining real-world experience. An Entrepreneurship program is also available to computer science students which teaches them to identify innovative and entrepreneurial opportunities in computing, as well as understand how to move from a business idea to a product. Students can also apply for 10-13 month internships at local start-ups, where they will be mentored by entrepreneurs in all aspects of working, managing and organizing a start-up.

  • 100% of computer science graduates accept a job within the first 6 months of graduating

The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication

Students are in good hands of the television faculty, which have helped found major networks like Telemundo, have been presidents of prime time news organizations like Fox news and have contributed to several award-winning shows including Good Morning America, The Olympics and the Super Bowl. For those interested in pursuing a degree in journalism, the faculty is made up of an impressive selection of experts previously holding influential roles in the media such as contributors to major news organizations (Al Jazeera, The HuffPost, CNN etc.), and on-air commentators providing analysis of media, social justice issues and politics. All students in the Department of Journalism are also required to complete 180 hours of internship experience.

Applying to Hofstra & INTO University Pathways

Applicants must meet the entry requirements for their chosen degree programme. Direct entry is granted to those who meet the academic and English requirements in one of the following tests:


IELTS: 6.5

In partnership with INTO, Hofstra has created Pathway Programme’s for those who do not meet direct entry requirements. It provides students with an opportunity to add additional academic and linguistic support throughout their first year of university. There are two options for this:

  1. International Year One: continue onto your chosen degree and begin to earn credits which count towards it.  Additional academic and language support will be given to help complete your 1st year and graduate in the same amount of time as direct entry students.

       IELTS: 5.0 – 6.5

  1. English Language Programme: Improve your academic and language skills so that you may proceed to International Year One once required level is achieved:

       IELTS: less than 5.0

For more information or to apply, please contact a member of the Study Experience team.

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