U ST 110 - International First Year Experience Seminar



U ST 110, the International First Year Experience Seminar, focuses on the transition to college in the U.S., Iowa State University resources, culture, and personal development through a large lecture and a peer mentor-led recitation section. Peer mentors will facilitate discussions, in-class activities, and learning experiences during your weekly recitation. The purpose of this course is to create an intentional space for new (freshmen) international students, where:


1. Students will learn about academic resources, students’ services and social opportunities on campus, which will allow them to take full advantage of the available benefits. This will increase the likelihood of success as undergraduate students at ISU.


2. Students will be able to learn about and cope with transitional issues that they face upon arriving in the USA.


Learning Objectives


Through the completion of the course, students will be able to:

1.  Set higher personal expectations to meaningfully participate in academic life.


2.  Make a successful transition to college life in the USA.


3.  Gain better understanding of visa regulations, cultural norms and expectations in the U.S., specifically, of the U.S. System of Higher Education.


Learning Outcomes


By the end of the course, students will be able to:

1.   Name five academic resources and study strategies most important to their academic success.


2.   Describe five ways they can meaningfully participate in academic life on campus.


3.   List five campus and community resources aimed at providing health, safety, and wellness support to the students.


4.   Describe visa regulations for F-1/J-1 visa holders in regards to enrollment status, academics, and employment.