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Intercultural Communication Center Overview of ICC Language Program
All ICC classes, whether the focus is on speaking, writing or culture, are designed to help nonnative English speakers improve their command of academic fluency and their understanding of US academic culture.
Language Support Check-in

Warner Hall 308
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15213-3890
Office: (412) 268-4979

  Getting Started at ICC

Students attend a 1-hour Language Support Check-in to become aware of common language and cross-cultural challenges experienced by international students at CMU, receive information about language support, and, if interested, be added to our email list for registering for sessions.

Choose from 38+ offerings at ICC: 

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Current schedule of all services

2 ways in which students utilize the ICC program

  International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Support Program

Who What
For students preparing for the ITA test, for success as a TA and (possibly) for a future career in academia. Students focus on the skill areas they most need to develop for success as TAs. Some students use this support to prepare for the ITA test. Others who have taken the ITA test and received restricted scores find that ICC work provides a scaffold to help compensate for language gaps while still handling specific, limited TA assignments. ITAs who want to develop the fluency to move to a higher level typically need 25–35 hours of work for several semesters (refer to ITA test feedback forms for individual student recommendations).


  General Support for Academic Communication

Who What
For any nonnative speaker who wants to improve aspects of advanced English fluency for success academically and professionally. Students attend workshops and seminars as needed to develop various aspects of academic fluency (e.g., pronunciation, fluency, grammar usage, presentation skills, academic writing, cross-cultural understanding).