I am an international student. How do I access academic support?

International students face a considerable challenge: studying in a foreign academic environment.

Here are some programs to help you succeed.

Academic Mentors for International Students

If you need support with academic English, you may receive guidance by meeting with an Academic Mentor. The Academic Mentor support is a free service for international students.  Academic Mentors provide peer coaching and literacy support.

Scope of Support

  1. Reading literacy, as related to directions, vocabulary, comprehension, scholarly research, to name a few
  2. Technology tips for success
  3. Time management, organizing for projects, deadlines, exams, etc.
  4. Guidance in note-taking competency, presentation polish, lecture comprehension, and more

See Schedule for the Semester

Additional support for International students

Contact the kathyj [at] stedwards.edu (International Student Support Coordinator) for a one-on-one meeting to discuss your current educational struggle(s). Please kathyj [at] stedwards.edu (email), call 512-492-3118, or stop by Moody Hall 165!

Or check out other support services that international students may access:

Faculty Resources for Teaching International Students

Academic Mentors are available for international students needing reading literacy support and academic coaching. Please refer your international students to this free service.

See Schedule

Please check out the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) faculty resources to support instructors in working effectively with English language learners. These resources include:

  • Links to resources for teaching international students:  teaching strategies, concerns for academic integrity, writing instruction, creating inclusivity in the classroom, developing intercultural competencies and more
  • Campus resource guide
  • Literacy support model, year one
  • Testing and English language learners
  • Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) Scholarship rules

If you feel a personal referral is needed, please contact the International Student Support Coordinator by kathyj [at] stedwards.edu (email), phone (512-492-3118), or in person (Moody Hall 165). You may also send a Mapworks referral.