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

The Intercultural Communication Center offers on-going language support in a format designed to allow full-time students to attend a series of short workshops and seminars during the length of their program. The goal of our program is to help students develop the skills needed to successfully complete their degree programs. We do not offer traditional ESL language classes; 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).

The ICC does not generally fit the needs of exchange students who are often on campus for only one or two semesters, and may either need language training that is at a more basic level, or be looking for advanced classes in writing, linguistics, or public speaking. However we are happy to provide exchange students with individual advice about resources that may be useful while in Pittsburgh; feel free to contact our office. The following services are typically useful for exchange students:

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.