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Bentley University Programs and Services for International Students

International students make up a very important part of the diverse fabric of the Bentley Graduate School of Business. The transition to graduate study in another country presents unique challenges and opportunities for learning. At Bentley, there is a network of professional staff available to assist in the adjustment to a new academic and personal environment.

These programs/services are available for international graduate students at Bentley University: orientation programs, transitional courses, and language support services:

Orientation Programs
These are designed to help students manage expectations while in an American graduate business school. Students are required to check in at the Center for International Students and Scholars (CISS), afterwards attending workshops related to immigration compliance, acculturation and key services for International Students.  

Center for International Students and Scholars (CISS)
The Center for International Students and Scholars (CISS) team helps international students obtain the proper paperwork needed to study, conduct research and work in the United States. Their office can assist with visa advising, immigration documents and offers cultural adjustment and intercultural programs. Find out more information here.

English Language and American Culture Institute (ELACI)
Our goal is to provide intensive academic and professional acculturation programs for international students and other English language learners. Students in ELACI programs will improve their oral and written communication skills in order to successfully integrate into the Bentley community while helping international students to meet their academic, career and language goals.

Transitional Courses
These are acculturation courses that combine English language support with academic content. These programs offered each summer. (*fee based)

Academic Edge Program*
A series of online flexible assignments targeted specifically to help our international grads practice their English skills during the spring and summer months. Academic Edge is neither a class nor an intensive session, but is a great starting point for English practice. Visit their page here.

Language Support Services
We offer one-on-one services to students throughout the year.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Center/Graduate Tutorials 
We provide English language support in writing, reading and speaking in courses across the curriculum. Available to both graduate and undergraduate students. Students work on oral and written assignments that tailored specifically to their needs. Students can also improve pronunciation and work on accent reduction through tutorials combined with utilizing state of the art language technology in the CLIC lab. Find out more information here.

Conversation Partners 
This program engages students in authentic interactions with native English speakers. Students will develop key language skills, broaden their cultural awareness and build relationships across cultures. Conversation partners meet at minimum twice per month in person. Find out more information here.