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. The course material is presented through a large lecture led by graduate instructors. During a peer-mentor led recitation section, peer mentors will facilitate discussions, in-class activities, and learning experiences. 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


By the end of the semester, the International First-Year Experience Seminar aims to:

  1. Connect students to campus resources and peers
  2. Serve as a platform for students to ask questions in a welcoming environment
  3. Help students build a foundation for a successful academic career
  4. Allow students to gain a better understanding of laws and cultural norms in the U.S.


Learning Outcomes


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

  1. Identify one or more ways to overcome culture shock
  2. Identify study strategies and habits that ensure their personal academic success
  3. Recognize ways U.S. laws and customs differ from their  home country
  4. Describe immigration regulations for F-1/J-1 students in regards to enrollment status, academics, and employment
  5. Recognize the significance of American history and how it impacts U.S. culture
  6. Identify campus and community resources that ensure personal safety, academic achievement, and a successful transition to life in the U.S.