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U.S. Life: Customs & Practices
A course specifically designed to boost the personal and academic success of first semester students from abroad.
- Discover how to be successful in the U.S. classroom.
- Practice valuable communication skills.
- Build an understanding of American values.
- Explore campus and the Rochester community through guided trips.
- Have fun and earn 2 credits!
2 credits, graded pass/fail – this course can be taken in addition to 4 regular credit courses
Through this course students will explore campus, community and American culture, enhance their intercultural competence, and build academic skills to improve their success in the American classroom. Students will compare cultures through a variety of readings, in class discussions, blogs and outside class activities. Topics include verbal and non-verbal communication, education systems, ethics, relationships, perception, beliefs, values and norms.
Required Course Components:
- Sections offered on: Wednesday 4:50-6:05pm or Thursday 4:50-6:05pm
- Field Excursions
- Campus and community activities offered throughout the semester
- Off campus excursions coordinated and led by Field Instructors
- Off campus excursions include Rochester attractions, historical and cultural sites
Because these classes are small and limited, all students new to the U.S. and not participating in the ESOL program, may be automatically registered in one of the sections in the Fall or Spring semester. If you prefer not to take this class you can drop this course by submitting this online form.