Students in the 1+2+1 program at George Mason University must meet Mason’s academic standards to be admitted and must come from one of George Mason’s partner universities in China.

It is recommended that all 1+2+1 students take the TOEFL test or IELTS Academic test before leaving China. Students who receive a score of 88 or above on TOEFL (or 6.5 on IELTS) may begin full-time academic study when they arrive at Mason. If admitted students have not taken the TOEFL test or received a score below the minimum, they will be tested during their first week at Mason. The test score will determine their first semester placement in either language classes at Mason’s English Language Institute or in academic classes. Many 1+2+1 students begin their studies at Mason with English language classes before beginning their regular academic classes.

Students will follow a rigorous course of study in this program to ensure that they meet all academic requirements for graduation from both their Chinese university and from Mason. Each department at Mason that admits 1+2+1 students has prepared a suggested course plan for 1+2+1 students in collaboration with the student’s university in China.  1+2+1 students will meet regularly with an advisor in their academic department as they progress through their program at Mason. Students who enroll initially in the English classes receive advising from the university’s Academic Advising Center and the China 1+2+1 Coordinator.

George Mason University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges to award degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels. Chinese partner universities in the 1+2+1 program are generally not accredited by the SACS Commission on Colleges and SACS accreditation does not extend to or include the Chinese universities or its students. Although George Mason University accepts certain course work in transfer toward a credential from its Chinese university partners, or collaborates in other ways for generation of course credits or program credentials, other colleges and universities may or may not accept this work in transfer, even if it appears on a transcript from George Mason University. This decision is made by the institution subsequently considering the possibility of accepting such credits.