Upon arriving in the United States, it is important to “check-in” with the International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS). Please visit the ISSS Check-In page for details.
There are several offices dedicated to serving the needs of International Students. Among them are the International Student & Scholar Services and the Academic Service Center.
The International Student & Scholar Services provides mandatory student check-in, organizes international student orientation, plans events designed to aid students’ social transition, and provides help regarding students’ immigration status.
The Academic Service Center coordinates all academic events for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and provides supplemental advising for international students. During their first semester at UConn, international students must visit the Academic Services Center (ASC) to make changes to their schedule. Students are also encouraged to schedule an overview appointment with an ASC advisor within a month of their arrival. Additionally, students must visit either their academic advisor or an ASC advisor prior to their registration appointment during their first semester at UConn.
A registration-hold preventing students from enrolling in classes will be placed on their accounts and will only be removed after students have met with advisors.
It is important to note that international students must remain registered for at least 12 credits to remain in compliance with their visa requirements.
International students may drop below 12 credits under very limited circumstances. For questions regarding a student’s eligibility to drop below 12 credits, please contact the International Student & Scholar Services. Note: Dropping below 12 credits is not guaranteed and students should continue attending all classes until they receive permission to drop below 12 credits.
English Language Resources:
The ability to communicate with the people around you is of vital importance. If a student is a non-native speaker however, the lack of familiarity with a given language may be a source of discomfort and an inhibitor to building strong relationships and successful transition.
Below are a few English language resources, on and off-campus that can help students strengthen their English language skills and abilities.
Local in-person Resources
- Writing Center – The Writing Center provides free tutoring and writing workshops designed to help students become stronger writers. This is a great resource to help students in ENGL 1003, 1004, 1010/1011 classes and any class that requires writing a paper.
- Vernon Regional Adult Basic Education (VRABE) – VRABE provides FREE English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for students in the surrounding towns of UConn Storrs. Students have the opportunity to practice speaking, listening, reading and writing with their peers while receiving guidance from a teacher. Classes are available during the fall and spring semesters and require picture I.D. for registration purposes.
- Cross-Cultural Connections – Cross-Cultural Connections is a resource for international students to help improve their English speaking skills as well as ease their transition into the American and UCONN culture. It helps students bridge cultural gaps and foster more open-minded individuals. Students are matched in a 1-on-1 format and they meet at mutually convenient times. Partners meetings are flexible and the time commitment is between 1 and 2 hours per week. To sign up, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- BBC Learning English –BBC Learning English is an online tool that offers help with vowel and consonant pronunciations, colloquialisms, and general English language. This FREE resource is a great way for students to improve their English vocabulary and practice their English using guided pronunciation.
- Lang-8 Blog – Lang-8 is a free language-exchange social network. How does it work? Students write a journal in any language they’re learning and that message is sent to a native speaker of that language. The native speaker then corrects the journal and leaves useful comments and feedback. The student then has the opportunity to help someone who is learning their native language through the same process. By checking each other’s journals, native speakers and language learners help to improve their language skills, help others to master their native language and create friendships along the way.
- EduFind – EduFind has a great English Grammar Guide that can help students learn parts of speech as well as how to use parts of speech when writing and speaking.
No matter where you are from the academic requirements in the US will be markedly different than the requirements in your home country. The International Student Organization (IS) has put together great tips on its site to further help students access general information about academic life in the U.S, be successful in US classrooms, study effectively and perform well on exams and other assessments.
General University Resources
The University of Connecticut is committed to helping students attain academic success. To do this, we offer resources to supplement a student’s holistic development. Please see a list of a few key university resources available to you free of charge. Also, be sure to do all things on the First-Year International Student’s Checklist for Success.
In addition, there are several religious communities conveniently located near the Storrs campus. For a list of faith communities by religion type, please visit the Area Associations of Religious Communities (AARC) webpage.
First-Year Experience (FYE)
FYE is a one-credit course designed to aid a student’s successful transition into the UCONN community. Students will be able to discover on-campus resources, develop an understanding of the academic and social expectations of the university and develop academic, personal and career goals.
It is recommended that all students take an FYE class.