Academic & Cultural Orientation Seminar


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At GSC, we know how adjusting to different cultures and norms can be confusing and sometimes difficult to understand. At our Academic and Cultural Orientation Seminar, we will help you understand both the academic and cultural expectations and rules of the United States.

Our seminar will start at 9:00 AM and will last until 3:00 PM, with lunch provided. During the first half of the seminar, you will learn all of the academic rules, expectations, and laws that will be expected of you as an international student studying in the U.S. We will cover how to read a syllabus, how to interact with professors both in person and through email, how to locate campus learning and career centers, and the legal requirements of an international student.

During the second half of the seminar, we will cover cultural practices and expectations. This will include cultural norms, laws, customs, practices, diversity in food and people, manners, and even the holidays you can expect to encounter while here. We know that learning a whole new culture can be full of personal experience and faux pas, but we want to equip you with all of the information you will need to navigate daily activities and interactions with other students, professors, and the average American. We want to make your trip to the United States as easy and fun as possible, so we will also coordinate one social and one volunteer event each month.