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Intercultural Communication Center Resources for Visiting Scholars:
Referrals for Language Help
We provide the following services to our international visiting scholars.
Warner Hall 308
5000 Forbes Avenue,
Pittsburgh PA 15213-3890
Office: (412) 268-4979

The Intercultural Communication Center is a support service for students in full time academic work; we do not offer workshops for visiting scholars. Our workshops are aimed at nonnative speakers whose fluency is already well above average (the recommended TOEFL cut-score for students at CMU is 100, indicative of an advanced level of fluency). We do not offer traditional English as a Second Language (ESL) language classes.

Visiting scholars often find that they benefit from attending ESL classes in the Pittsburgh area. Many of these classes are either free or very inexpensive. Information is available on our website: ESL classes in Pittsburgh

Visiting scholars can use the following resources. In addition, we can provide individual advice about resources that may be useful while in Pittsburgh; feel free to call our office.

Self-paced Language Work 

  • ICC Materials (can be borrowed at the ICC office)
    There are a number of DVD, CDs, and books available (especially useful to improve pronunciation and understanding of the US academic culture).

  • Online Materials
    The web provides an infinite number of self-paced materials to help nonnative English speakers develop academic fluency. We recommend that student look for online videos in their academic fields. In addition, the ICC can provide a list of recommended websites that can help students improve their command of academic English and US classroom culture.

Carnegie Mellon Activities, Clubs and Events

Participation in these various activities can help you develop both language skills and an understanding of US culture and customs.