International Graduate Assistant Orientation

International Teaching Assistant Program

International graduate teaching assistants who will be teaching undergraduate students in the classroom are required to participate in the International Teaching Assistant Program (ITAP) on August 16 to 18, 2021. In addition, 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, regardless of ITAP attendance.

ITAP is a three-day intensive preparation program held two weeks prior to the start of the fall semester. 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 Fall 2021 program will be held virtually. International Teaching Assistants will receive an initial email from the program coordinator in mid July and another email with detailed instructions the week prior to the start of the program.

Watch the video below to hear from past program participants:

As a graduate teaching or research assistant, 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.