Center for International Education

BCUSP 100 Course

Academic Transition for International Students Course (B CUSP 100 A)

The Center for University Studies & Programs (CUSP) and Center for International Education are excited to offer a course specially designed for international students, called BCUSP 100 A: Academic Transition for International Students

Whether you have studied in the U.S. before or if this is your first time to do so, international students typically find that adjusting to the University setting in the U.S. can have its academic challenges and differences.  

Taught by your International Student Advisor, this is a 2 credit course designed to help you become academically successful at UW Bothell by helping you:

  • Acclimate to living and studying in the U.S.
  • Understand the philosophy and function of the U.S. education system
  • Apply skills for building meaningful relationships with faculty and peers
  • Understand the purpose and value of Academic Integrity in the U.S.
  • Learn about written and oral communication skills valued in the U.S.
  • Identify campus resources
  • Meet other international students at UW Bothell

CIE strongly encourages students to enroll in BCUSP 100 during their first quarter at UW Bothell. BCUSP 100 counts towards your 12-credit minimum for visa requirements, and you will receive a credit/no credit grade at the end of the course.

Students who have taken this course have found it helpful, as well as a great way to meet other students and begin to understand U.S. classroom culture! :

"It was interesting to meet and share cultural differences and similarities with actually made me rethink about the uniqueness of my own culture, too."

"It was a difficult transition for me to be put in a U.S. educational system and to be expected to behave and participate like everyone else. This class was a safe environment to adjust."

"The class let me have a better understanding of American education."

"The class textbook is's like a guidebook for international students to follow, and it can stay with the international student through their whole study period at the University."

"I had a wonderful experience being in this class...I got to interact with other international students, practice speaking in a more relaxed atmosphere, ask questions related to our new setting...and learn about the Western culture."

"This class is really a great asset to me that can help me overcome my own fears and adapt myself to America's academic environment."

"I knew about the seriousness and the severe consequences of plagiarism when I was in China, but I never knew how serious it could be in the U.S.!"

"Academic Transition for International Students class is a necessary class for all international students...I learned more about American style of education."

Interested to Enroll?
More information about how to register for this course can be found in the quarterly time schedules, provided by the Office of the Registrar. BCUSP is offered in Autumn, Winter and Spring quarter.

Did You Know?

In a survey, 88% of students were "very satisfied" or "satisfied" with their experience at UW Bothell.