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Intercultural Communication Center Academic Culture and Communication
Intercultural Communication Center Academic Culture and Communication
Developing Linguistic and Cultural Readiness for CMU Graduate Programs
An intensive five-week summer program designed for nonnative English speakers entering Carnegie Mellon University graduate programs each fall.
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Warner Hall 308
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15213-3890
Office: (412) 268-4979

  Admission and Registration:


Step 1: Consider your score on standardized language assessments. As a rough guide, students appropriate for ACC would likely have the following test scores:

TOEFL iBT Score Range
iBT Speaking 17 - 24
iBT Writing 20 - 27
TOEFL PBT 580 minimum total
IELTS Score Range
Speaking Band 5.5 - 7
Writing Band 6 - 6.5

Step 2: If you have already been accepted to a Carnegie Mellon graduate program and if your TOEFL or IELTS scores are close to the above scores, contact ICC for a brief interview to verify that ACC is appropriate.

Setting up an interview is easy. You can either:

  • Call ICC between 9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday to talk with an instructor (412-268-4979), or
  • Send email to set up an interview, and include the best date/time when we can reach you. The preferred method is via Skype (so include your Skype ID), but if you cannot use Skype, include a phone number where we can reach you.

Please have your TOEFL or IELTS scores available for the phone conversation.


Registering for ACC is a very quick process. If your interview indicates ACC is appropriate for you, we will send you an email registration form which you should fill out and return by email.

Registration Deadline:
To insure the quality of the program, ACC is limited to 30 students. The program often fills by May 1, so students should register as soon as possible.

Also, federal legislation has greatly changed the process for entry into the US. It may take several months for some students to complete the process required for getting an I-20 and visa for the US, so plan accordingly.

Students attending ACC must have an I-20 issued by Carnegie Mellon with a start date of July 6, 2015.

NOTE: Students are able to enter the US 30 days prior to that date.

After a student has registered for ACC, we will send his/her name to the Office of International Education requesting that this student's I-20 be issued with a start date of July 6.

Be sure to let your academic department know that you are going to attend ACC.

If you have already received an I-20 from Carnegie Mellon with a start date of August 31, you will need to return that I-20 and have a new one issued in order to attend ACC. If you have already gotten your visa, you will have to reapply for the visa.