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International Student Resources

International students make up a very important part of the diverse fabric of the Bentley University's McCallum 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:

Academic Edge E-Program

International Student Tutorials & Workshops

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

Center for International Students and Scholars
The Center for International Students and Scholars team helps international students obtain the proper paperwork needed to study, conduct research and work in the United States. Their office assists with visa related issues and immigration documents and offers cultural adjustment and intercultural programs.

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. To both graduate and undergraduate students. Students work on oral and written assignments that are tailored specifically to their needs. Students can also improve pronunciation and work on accent reduction through tutorials combined with state of the art language technology in the CLIC lab.

Conversations Beyond Borders

Conversations Beyond Borders connects international students with students, staff and faculty who are from the US. The pairs meet regularly for conversation or to attend University programs and events.

Distance Learning: On-Line Course Policy

Bentley University International Student Distant Learning - Hybrid and Online Course Policy

International students attending Bentley University on the F-1 Visa have special regulations binding on them for online and hybrid classes. The Department of Homeland Security requires F-1 students to maintain a full course of study, and the course of study must lead to the attainment of a specific educational or professional objective. A full course of study is defined as a minimum of: 12 credit hours for undergraduate and 9 credit hours for graduate students. F-1 students can count only one 100% online/distance learning class or three credits of online/distance learning course per semester toward the full course of study requirement [8 C.F.R. 214.2(f)(6)(i)(G)]. If you meet this criteria and would like to have access to the hybrid option, please visit the Office of Graduate Student and Academic Services after the add/drop period has passed. 

For hybrid courses, international students are required to maintain physical presence in these classes at least partially. Partial “physical presence” will be interpreted as a minimum of two in-class attendance per hybrid course per semester (suggestion may be attendance at the first and last class sessions). *Please note that hybrid classes where students have the option to either participate online or in-class will be considered 100% online classes if students chose not to be physically present. Failure to comply with the regulation [8 C.F.R. 214.2(f)(6)(i)(G)] will be a violation of a student’s F-1 status. Below is the actual immigration regulation regarding online / distance learning courses:

3.20.7 Distance education limits

(NAFSA Website)

No more than the equivalent of one on-line/distance education class or 3 credits per session may count towards the "full course of study" requirement, if the course "does not require the student's physical attendance for classes, examination or other purposes integral to completion of the class.” If the student's course of study is in a language study program, no on-line or distance education classes may be counted toward the full course of study requirement.

8 C.F.R. § 214.2(f)(6)(i)(G)

(G) For F-1 students enrolled in classes for credit or classroom hours, no more than the equivalent of one class or three credits per session, term, semester, trimester, or quarter may be counted if taken on-line or through distance education in a course that does not require the student's physical attendance for classes, examination or other purposes integral to completion of the class. An on-line or distance education course is a course that is offered principally through the use of television, audio, or computer transmission including open broadcast, closed circuit, cable, microwave, or satellite, audio conferencing, or computer conferencing. If the F-1 student's course of study is in a language study program, no on-line or distance education classes may be considered to count toward classroom hours or credit.

Academic Edge E-Program

Strategies for Academic Success for International Graduate Students

We encourage international students to take advantage of this program to increase academic skills in advanced English while improving writing, speaking, listening, pronunciation and business vocabulary prior to beginning classes. Confidence levels in using spoken and written English will be greatly strengthened. 

The Academic Edge E-Program runs annually from March 1 to July 31 for all international graduate school admitted students.

Students in the Academic Edge E-Program in advanced level English preparation can read and prepare business cases and then write a business case analysis. Papers are submitted by email for feedback. They can also converse and discuss program topics and assignments with Prof. Wright from the English & Media Studies Dept.

In addition, the best ways to document resources using the popular MLA, APA and Chicago Styles of documentation will be covered. Students in this pre-preparation program may take notes while listening to real lectures and real life radio shows and will take practice tests to assess performance. Skype sessions are available to practice speaking and pronunciation.

If you intend to enroll in the Academic Edge E-Program, please send an email to Professor Mary Wright at stating your intention to participate. You will later receive information on accessing the Bentley University Blackboard site to register and begin your lessons.

Once here in the fall/spring/summer sessions, students can receive ongoing academic support through:

  • 15 hours of one on one tutorial sessions just for international graduate students in AAC 095
  • Academic Excellence Workshops are also offered on a variety of business related topics once a week for graduate international students.

Email Mary Wright at if you wish to make tutorial appointments or to sign up for workshops.

Mary Wright, Faculty
Coordinator of International Graduate Tutorials & Workshops
Coordinator of the Academic Edge Program
McCallum Graduate School of Business & English & Media Studies Department
AAC 095,  781 891-2055 

International Student Tutorials & Workshops


International graduate tutorials are one-on one-tutorials available 15 hours a week during the fall and spring semester and 10 hours a week during the summer terms.

During tutorials, you can:

  • Receive feedback on your papers due for class
  • Practice your business English by speaking and listening to high level business oriented materials
  • Practice a presentation for one of your classes
  • Develop your executive-level business vocabulary
  • Practice mock job interviews, and get feedback on résumé and cover letters
  • Practice your English pronunciation using targeted pronunciation materials designed for your native language speaking errors. Use several intensive pronunciation materials available.
  • If you have a teaching assistantship, you may ask for an observation-feedback session with Professor Mary Wright

Tutorials take place in the Adamian Academic Center, Room 095 on the lower level. To make an appointment, contact Mary Wright at or 781.891.2055. You should also contact her to arrange a session if you wish to come in a small group for small group discussions.

International graduates may also seek tutorials with the ESOL Center, on the Library lower level when graduate tutorials are booked.

Academic Excellence Workshops

Additionally, you are welcome to attend weekly Academic Excellence workshops that primarily focus on intensive speaking skills. International graduate students read short cases and negotiate them on teams. You will receive feedback on your speaking and pronunciation skills. We also cover résumé and cover-letter writing, communication skills as well as other advanced level writing and speaking skills in these workshops.

Email to sign up for the workshops.