Indiana University and the College of Arts and Sciences offer a variety of support services and classes for international students. Be sure to reach out to your advisors and faculty mentors for additional academic support.
Support + classes for international students
Writing Tutorial Services
IU offers its students free tutoring to help with writing skills, from writing a thesis statement to proofreading. Tutoring can be general or course-specific, and you can also get help with preparing resumes and cover letters.
English language instruction
You may want some additional practice in English, before and/or during your academic program. Take advantage of IU’s excellent resources in English language instruction.
IU’s Office of International Services
IU’s Office of International Services (OIS) offers a variety of ways international students can be involved in campus life at Bloomington.
Classes for international students
Talk to your academic advisor about joining one or more of these classes.
This course is designed for non-native speakers of English who need to build fluency in both reading and writing for academic purposes. Attention will be given to increasing reading speed, reading comprehension, writing fluency, understanding the writing process and developing skills in descriptive and narrative writing. The course will include fiction and non-fiction readings that will introduce students to American college life and undergraduate literacy expectations. Credit hours, though counting toward full-time student status, do not accrue toward the total number required for a degree. Taught as an 8-week course.
P: SLST-T 101. Develops skills in summarizing and evaluating perspectives from multiple sources; identifying textual features of a variety of genre; and increasing focus, support, and logical development in expository and research writing. Credit hours, though counting toward full-time student status, do not accrue toward the total number required for a degree. Taught as an 8-week course.
P: SLST-T 111. For non-native speakers of English, who already demonstrate fluency and clarity in their reading and writing skills, but need to develop useful editing strategies to increase accuracy in writing. Attention given to identifying textual features of a variety of genre in a range of academic disciplines. Introduces multiple style sheets. Includes disciplinary readings and research writing. Credit hours, though counting toward full-time student status, do not accrue toward the total number required for a degree. Taught as an 8-week course.
For non-native speakers of English who need to develop listening and note-taking skills for academic purposes. Develops strategies to increase students' abilities to comprehend, predict, summarize and review. Students listen to academic lectures and engage in exercises that evaluate comprehension of content as well as utilization of strategies. Credit hours, though counting toward full-time student status, do not accrue toward the total number required for a degree. Taught as an 8-week course.
Helps non-native speakers of English communicate effectively in academic settings. Focuses on creating individualized pronunciation curricula and recognizing and utilizing appropriate stress, rhythm and intonation patterns. Attention to understanding and applying the principles that govern pronunciation and stress patterns. Credit hours, though counting toward full-time student status, do not accrue toward the total number required for a degree. Taught as an 8-week course.
P: SLST-T 103. Familiarizes non-native speakers of English with the basic components of fluency, including speech rate, pause times, and the quality and quantity of connected speech between pauses. Speech patterns of native speakers are analyzed to aid learners, who then engage in communicative exercises. Credit hours, though counting toward full-time student status, do not accrue toward the total number required for a degree. Taught as an 8-week course.
This course will provide a solid foundation to help international students become more successful in meeting the expectations of the U.S. university culture. Topics will include academic honesty and plagiarism, behavior and interpersonal relationships in the university (i.e. general classroom expectations, communicating with professors, interacting with peers in an academic setting), free speech and social justice in the university, and critical thinking (e.g. introducing logical and informal fallacies).
This new course addresses topics in American society that are absolutely required knowledge for future experts on the United States of America. Topics include American values, beliefs, and cultural assumptions; Government and politics; Racial and ethnic diversity; Business and economy; Education; Religion and religious heritage, Leisure time; and Family and close relationships. This course will prepare international students for advanced courses in a wide range of majors and allow them to claim credible areas of expertise on the United States.
Designated sections for Multilingual Speakers
This course teaches the skills of critical reading, thinking, and writing to help students meaningfully engage artifacts, events, and issues in our world. The course builds students’ abilities to read written and cultural texts critically; to analyze those texts in ways that engage both students’ own experiences and the perspectives of others; and to write about those texts for a range of audiences and purposes as a means of participating in broader conversations. Students who successfully complete this course are eligible to enroll in ENG-W350, Advanced Expository Writing, sections designated for multilingual speakers, which fulfills the Intensive Writing requirement for the College of Arts and Sciences.
Designated sections for Multilingual Speakers
Prerequisite: Completion of the English composition requirement. This is an advanced writing course focusing on the interconnected activities of writing and reading, especially the kinds of responding, analyzing, and evaluating that characterize work in many fields in the university. Topics vary from semester to semester. Certain sections are limited to multilingual speakers who have completed a multilingual section of ENG W131. Permission is required.
Designed to improve spoken or written skills for graduate school. Sections on academic writing (research papers, references, reviews, and critical syntheses) and academic speaking (presentations, discussions, and group work) address a range of academic writing and speaking styles. May be taken more than once if topic is different. Credit hours, though counting toward full-time student status, do not accrue toward the total number required for a graduate degree.
Prerequisite: Completion of all SLST T101 courses assigned by the English Language Improvement Program (SLS) and a score of NC4 or C3 on the TEPAIC. The primary objective of this course is to help international students become effective teachers in the U.S. classroom. This course addresses the communication, teaching, and cultural issues that international students are likely to confront as an associate instructor at Indiana University. This course carries credit as a graduate elective.
For international students only.
A survey of issues related to the culture and character of the people of the United States. Topics include the national, social, and linguistic origins of the American people, political and social institutions, and the arts.
For international students only.
Investigation of the basic features of varieties of English as formally structured systems. Attitudes toward speech and the relationship of language differences to the attainment of social and educational goals.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
The IU Health Center offers Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) to help students who are feeling anxious, sad, or overwhelmed and could benefit from talking to someone. All service are confidential.
Let’s Talk Now is a free and confidential informal conversation with an emphasis on self-understanding and finding solutions to students’ problems, particularly those encountered by multicultural students.