Academic Requirements

Four academic terms per year

The Sol International School academic year consists of two assessment periods (one fifteen-week semester followed by a five-week shorter semester) with a five-week break between each Assessment Period. Students are required to include the shorter, five-week term in their study program to result in degree completion within 3.5 years for early graduation and entry into the job market. Students not completing their degree within 3.5 years will not qualify for merit-based scholarships for any additional study periods.

An academic year consists of a Spring Assessment Period [Spring + Summer (15 weeks + 5 weeks)] a five-week break and a Winter Assessment Period [Fall + Winter (15 weeks + 5 weeks)].

Students, who were admitted after 2015 must complete a total of seven regular semesters (Spring & Fall) and six short-term semesters (Summer & Winter) to meet the graduation requirements. The policy of the Office of Academic Affairs states that seasonal semesters are mandatory and not an option.


Minimum Graduation Requirements

The academic programs at Sol International School have been designed to prepare our graduates to excel in their respective departments. In addition to course work, there are numerous activities to develop students’ knowledge through project work, external class activities, internships and volunteer programs.

The program curriculum is divided into five parts: General Education, Department Required, Department Elective, Free Electives and Minor. Students must complete a minimum of 142 credit hours and achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0/4.5 or higher to fulfill the graduation requirements. Students are expected to complete 142 credit hours in 3.5 years (seven semesters and six intersessions) or in 4 years. The components of the curriculum are:

Category Minimum Required Credits
Total 142
General Education (including English) 37
Department Required 27
Department Electives 48
Free Electives 9
Minor 21

The curriculum provides a broad choice of Elective courses to help students develop their own interests and specialized knowledge to meet the challenges of globalized employment. All students must complete four courses in one foreign language of their choice, which cannot be their native language. The Minor program in each department varies and applicable courses are found in the Department Electives section.

It should be noted that not all courses indicated are available each semester. Students should confer with their academic counselor or the department Chairperson.


Study programs available include:

  • Hospitality Management (SIHOM)
  • Culinary Arts (SICA)
  • Paul Bocuse, Culinary Arts (SICA)
  • Media & Communication Arts (SIMA)
  • Healthcare Management (SIMED)
  • Railroad & Transport Management (SIRA)
  • Restaurant & Entrepreneurship (SIRES)

Residential Intensive English Program (RIEP) (a supplemental program)