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Intercultural Communication Center Language Support for Visiting Scholars
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 CMU students who need to develop the linguistic and cultural skills to more effectively participate in academic work. Our workshops are aimed at nonnative speakers whose fluency is already at an advanced level; CMU students are required to have a minimum of 84 TOEFL or 6.5 IELTS (and many have much higher scores, 100+ TOEFL or 7.5 IELTS). We do not offer traditional English as a Second Language (ESL) language classes.

Visiting scholars can participate in ICC classes as long as they have TOEFL or IELTS scores that are at the level expected for students. Scholars who are interested in attending ICC work should contact the ICC office to find out about attending a Language Support Check-in.

Visiting scholars whose language skills are below the level of ICC classes often find that they benefit from attending ESL classes in the Pittsburgh area. Many of these classes are either free or very inexpensive.

Nonnative English speakers can also take advantage of self-paced language work including:

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.