As part of a globally connected world, international students are an important part of the School of Architecture’s student population. And as indicated by the theme of the School’s 2013 centennial, “Southern Roots and Global Reach,” Clemson School of Architecture has a long tradition of looking beyond Clemson’s hills. Our “fluid campus” was designed to provide our students with experiences in cities in other parts of the world and with people from other cultures. International students bring the “fluid campus” to Clemson, and, like all students, take Clemson with them when they graduate, globally expanding Clemson’s professional and social networks.
If you are an international student (or work with international students as students or classmates), you will find some helpful information below.
In order to become part of the Clemson University community, and to join our program, newly accepted international graduate students must work through the checklist found on the Graduate School's Newly Accepted International Students webpage.
Newly accepted international students must also review the information provided by Clemson's International Services office for New International Students.
At the start of every academic year, in the week before the start of classes, there is an orientation session for all new international graduate students. All new international graduate students are required to attend this annual event. In 2012, the International Student Orientation was Friday, August 17, in Tillman Auditorium.
Studying in a country and culture that is different from your own is a challenge. Although often not discussed or immediately obvious, cultural norms can be very different, and understanding these differences can make a critical difference in your experiences and success.
To help international students (and native students and faculty) understand US academic culture, Clemson’s Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation (http://www.clemson.edu/OTEI/) has made the book Communication Strategies for International Graduate Students available to anyone with a Clemson email address.
Written by Nadine Le Gros, a language and culture specialist at the University of Western Ontario, Communication Strategies for International Graduate Students: Surviving and Thriving in American Academia (2011) will help international students survive and thrive by helping them to understand what their instructors and peers do not communicate.
You can access the book via this link: Communication Strategies for International Graduate Students: Surviving and Thriving in American Academia (2011) by Nadine Le Gros.
From The Writing Center
All writers can benefit from the individualized support offered by the Writing Center. Our goal at the Writing Center is to help members of the Clemson community become more confident and effective writers. Although meetings can occur anytime in a writing process, we encourage early and frequent conversations to:
• Develop and explore ideas;
• Organize, structure, and format works;
• Integrate and/or cite sources appropriately; and
• Weigh stylistic choices.
Writing Center conferences can address all sorts of expository writing – including drafts of class papers, resumes, reports, application essays, cover letters, seminar projects, dissertations, etc. Our tutoring services are free of charge to all Clemson University students, staff, and faculty.
Locations and Hours
To make an appointment, visit http://clemson.edu/caah/writingcenter. We are located in three convenient places: Academic Success Center Room 307 or Online (M-Th 9 a.m.– 5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.), and the Cooper Library Learning Commons – 4th Floor (Sunday-Thursday 6:15 p.m. 9-15 p.m.)*.
Walk-in Policy: For our Cooper Library Learning Commons location, appointments are only available on a firstcome, first-served basis. For all other locations, we recommend making an appointment ahead of time.
Our tutors are specially trained Fellows and Graduate Students, selected for their knowledge of Communication Across the Curriculum and teaching acumen. Learn more about us by visiting our homepage.
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