William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning

Center for International Graduate Students

The International Graduate Student Communication and Cultural Center (IGSC3)  -- formerly known as IGTAAP -- is designed for international graduate students so that they are better prepared and more confident communicators on campus, in the classroom and in the community.

Watch this short video to see International graduate students share what they’ve gained by participating in IGSC3

Who Can Participate?

All international graduate students are welcome to participate. The experience gained in IGSC3 will enable international graduate students to participate more confidently in many contexts:

  • Interacting with faculty and students
  • Leading a lab discussion or teaching a class
  • Working effectively on teams and research groups
  • Presenting and representing Michigan Tech at conferences
  • Defending a thesis or a dissertation

About IGSC3 Sessions

During sessions with IGSC3 coaches, both one-on-one and in a small group setting, students have opportunities to improve many aspects of communication:

  • vocabulary
  • pronunciation
  • slang and idioms
  • conversation
  • listening
  • cultural understanding
  • and more. . .

Through small-group conversations that matter, students gain experience participating in class discussion, responding to questions, and listening effectively. IGSC3 coaches work with students to help them better understand U.S. university expectations and gain insight into what students and instructors expect from each other in classrooms. IGSC3 students who are already teaching can practice lectures or lab presentations with their coach.

All international graduate students are welcome to attend and participate in the program.

For more information, please contact:

Sylvia Matthews, Program Director for IGSC3
102 Walker Arts and Humanities Center

Meet the IGSC3 Coaches