All graduate teaching and research assistants are required to participate in the Office of International Education's international student orientation prior to the start of the semester.
As a graduate teaching or research assistants, you may also need to attend additional department specific orientations. Contact your academic department or the Graduate School to find out more information. These orientations may affect your arrival plans, so be sure to find out your complete schedule prior to making travel arrangements.
Graduate Teaching Assistants
Graduate teaching assistants who will be teaching undergraduate students in the classroom are required to participate in the International Teaching Assistant Program (ITAP).
ITAP is a one-week intensive preparation program held two weeks prior to the start of the fall semester. It will be held August 12-16, 2013. The program provides workshops designed to introduce and review the skills needed to successfully interact with U.S. undergraduate students. The topics covered include U.S. university culture, teacher/student roles, presentation skills, classroom management, and culture shock. The program also features a luncheon with department representatives, a panel with undergraduate students and experienced international graduate teaching assistants, and a local cultural excursion.