Advising Services—Current Students

U.S. Life: Customs & Practices

A course specifically designed to boost the personal and academic success of first semester students from abroad.

  • Discover how to be successful in the U.S. classroom.
  • Practice valuable communication skills.
  • Build an understanding of American values.
  • Explore campus and the Rochester community through guided trips.
  • Have fun and earn 2 credits!

Course Description:

2 credits, graded pass/fail – this course can be taken in addition to 4 regular credit courses

Through this course students will explore campus, community and American culture, enhance their intercultural competence, and build academic skills to improve their success in the American classroom. Students will compare cultures through a variety of readings, in class discussions, blogs and outside class activities. Topics include verbal and non-verbal communication, education systems, ethics, relationships, perception, beliefs, values and norms.

Required Course Components:

  • Classroom
    • Sections offered on: Wednesday 4:50-6:05pm or Thursday 4:50-6:05pm
  • Field Excursions
  • Campus and community activities offered throughout the semester
  • Off campus excursions coordinated and led by Field Instructors
  • Off campus excursions include Rochester attractions, historical and cultural sites

Because these classes are small and limited, all students new to the U.S. in 2013 and not participating in the ESOL program, will be automatically registered in one of the sections in the Fall or Spring semester. If you have not been registered for this course in the Fall you will be notified that it will appear on your Spring registration. If you prefer not to take this class you can drop this course by submitting this online form.