Summer Academic Orientation

Strategies for Success: Intensive Academic Orientation for Exchange Students

Mission Statement
Our Intensive Academic Orientation for exchange students provides a useful bridge from your life as a student in your country to your life as a student in the U.S. The transition to student life in the U.S. is eased by exploration and practice in several components of the program.

  • Interactive Academic English
    Small classes help you strengthen skills necessary for academic success in a U.S. university or college. The instruction, practice, and energetic interaction in discussion, writing, pronunciation, and reading classes give you an academic boost.
  • Cultural Learning Through Personal Experience
    During your one-weekend home stay, you will have a chance to chat informally with your host family in English and learn how an Iowan family lives, works, and relaxes.
  • Orientation to U.S. Campus Lifestyle Issues
    Got questions? You will discuss with classmates and Coe College students both the challenging and ordinary campus life issues such as dating, living in coeducational dormitories, study styles, and more.
  • Collective Reflection and Enduring Friendships
    Midnight reflections on your common experience will cement friendships with other orientation students. Such important conversations will continue to support and sustain you through the year via email and at holiday reunions.