WHAT IS THE PURPOSE/GOAL OF THE GRADUATE INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY PROGRAM?
The mission of Graduate IGP is to prepare international students to be successful in their graduate level courses at American University. IGP provides a rigorous curriculum of prerequisite courses that focus on the academic oral and written skills necessary for international students to succeed. The courses
academically acculturate international students to the norms of an American classroom with the emphasis on developing and honing the following: research and writing skills, critical thinking, effective presentations, class participation and collaborative small group work. Students emerge from IGP confident and prepared to succeed in their graduate level course work.
WHAT COURSES ARE OFFERED THROUGH THE GRADUATE INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY PROGRAM?
IGP consists of three courses:
- Principles and Approaches to Oral Academic Communication (3 credit hours)
- Principles and Approaches to Written Academic Communication (3 credit hours)
- The Culture of US Higher Education for Graduate Students (3 credit hours)
Principles and Approaches to Written Academic Communication (3 credits)
This course offers graduate students the opportunity to develop further reading and writing strategies for academic success. The focus is on vocabulary acquisition, advanced grammar structures, and various rhetorical modes. Students engage in reading a variety of academic texts and writing reports, policy
briefs, literature and book reviews as well as conducting independent research and collaborative projects.
At the end of the course, students submit a research paper that illustrates their understanding of academic reading, writing, and research.
Principles and Approaches to Oral Academic Communication (3 credits)
This course offers graduate students the opportunity to advance listening and speaking skills essential for graduate work. The focus is on listening for content, note-taking, paraphrasing, and summarizing. Students develop the understanding of verbal and non-verbal communication, conversation management, and presentation strategies. Students engage in small and large group discussions, and various forms of collaborative work. At the end of the course, students demonstrate advanced proficiency in academic listening and speaking through various forms of language assessment.
The Culture of US Higher Education for Graduate Students - TESL 096 (0 or 3 credits)
This course explores the cultural assumptions underlying academic practices and personal interactions in U.S. university communities. It focuses on decisions students make to define their relationships within the academic cultures in which they find themselves. Special attention is paid to how U.S. cultural norms are viewed by observers from other countries. Course topics include, but are not limited to: understanding
the educational institutional context, including the role of academic integrity; examining student-faculty interactions; U.S. academic writing, and successful cultural adaptation. Through this course students are also introduced to graduate life and are encouraged to take advantage of the multicultural Washington, DC environment through its vast cultural and academic resources.
WHAT IS THE CLASS SIZE?
The three IGP courses will enroll up to 16 students per class. Each student will receive extensive individualized instruction tailored to his or her needs and intended program of study. In addition to detailed feedback on coursework, instructors will work with students to tailor particular assignments to their needs.
DO THE GRADUATE IGP COURSES COUNT TOWARD A DEGREE?
The three IGP courses do not count toward a degree. They are academic preparation courses that serve as required prerequisites. However, during the fall and spring semesters of IGP your specific graduate school may offer the opportunity to take a course for credit in your graduate program in addition to the three
IGP courses. During the summer semester of IGP students can only take the three IGP courses because of
the condensed nature of the eight-week summer session.
HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR ADMISSION TO A GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAM AT AMERICAN UNIVERSITY?
Students who make satisfactory academic progress in IGP (earning a grade of "B" or better in each of the IGP courses) will satisfy the prerequisite course requirements of IGP and be fully enrolled in their AU graduate degree program the following semester.
IF I ACCEPT ENROLLMENT INTO THE GRADUATE INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY PROGRAM AS A CONDITION OF ADMISSION, WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO?
You have to read and sign the enrollment agreement with your particular graduate program and send it back with your deposit in order to confirm your intent to enroll in IGP.
WHAT IS THE NORMAL LENGTH OF STUDY FOR THE GRADUATE INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY PROGRAM?
The Graduate International Gateway program is a summer-long program. It runs as follows:
- Summer – mid-June to mid-August
AS A STUDENT IN THE IGP PROGRAM AM I ELIGIBLE FOR A MERIT SCHOLARSHIP?
Students in IGP are not eligible for merit scholarships.
WHAT VISA DO I NEED TO ENROLL IN THE GRADUATE INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY PROGRAM IF I LIVE OVERSEAS AND NEED A VISA TO ENTER THE UNITED STATES FOR STUDIES?
Students who enroll in the IGP need an F-1 Student Visa in order to enter the United States to study. For more information regarding the visa process please refer to the International Student and Scholar Services website at http://www.american.edu/ocl/isss.
WHEN WILL I BE ISSUED THE I-20 FORM IN ORDER TO APPLY FOR THE F-1 VISA?
Once you sign and return your enrollment agreement and housing application form along with your deposit, American University will issue the I-20 immigration form and mail it to your home address so that you can schedule an appointment for a visa interview at a United States Embassy or Consulate in your home country.
HOW AND WHEN WILL I REGISTER FOR COURSES?
Once your enrollment agreement and deposit are received, the IGP program manager, who will serve as your academic advisor, will contact you to complete your course registration.
IS AU HOUSING OFFERED TO GRADUATE INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY PROGRAM STUDENTS?
Yes, it is. Students can obtain AU housing during their IGP semester. See below:
Fall and Spring: IGP is a program within the School of Professional & Extended Studies (SPExS), which has partnered with Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH) to offer students the option of American University-sponsored off-campus housing on Capitol Hill. IGP students have the choice between an apartment or a room in a townhouse located in D.C. near Union Station and Capitol South Metro Stations.
Summer: IGP students have the option of staying in dormitories on the main campus.
WHAT PROGRAMS AND SERVICES CAN I EXPECT AS A STUDENT IN THE INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY PROGRAM?
Students in Graduate IGP will have access to all the services and programs provided to students, including use of the University Library, Athletic facilities, student clubs and organizations, the Academic Support Center, and the Counseling Center.
In addition, students will be provided an orientation program during the week, prior to the start of classes to ensure that they are familiar with the services and programs at American University.
WHO SHOULD I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING THE PROGRAM?
For further information or assistance, please contact IGP at (202) 895-4919 or firstname.lastname@example.org