Center for International Education

Academic Transition Course

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

Whether you are a transfer student or this is your first time in the U.S., international students typically find that adjusting to a University can have its academic challenges and differences. The First Year and Pre-Major Program and Center for International Education offer B CUSP 100, a course specially designed to support students through this transition. Taught by your International Student Advisor, this course is designed to help you:

  • Identify and utilize campus resources: We will have interactive sessions with campus resources to help you with specific projects, papers and readings in your other courses' coursework.
  • Understand the expectations in the U.S. classroom: We will explore the cultural differences, and strategize on how to navigate through these important academic expectations.
  • Understand the purpose and value of Academic Integrity in the U.S.: With hands-on practice, we will learn how to cite sources and incorporate other people's work correctly into our projects.
  • Learn time mangement and goal-setting skills: We will help you make a plan of action for the rest of the quarter to help balance your academic and personal life.
  • Apply skills for building meaningful relationships with faculty, peers, and other international students at UW Bothell.

Course Specifics:

  • 2 credits
  • Credit counts towards your degree as elective credit (undergraduates only).
  • Begins during Week 6 of the quarter (Offered in Fall, Winter and Spring).
  • Students can register for the course up through Week 6.
  • After the 3rd week of the quarter, you must complete a Late Add Petition to register for the course. To get the Late Add Petition, please contact the Center for International Education office.
  • International graduate students are also encouraged to enroll.

Comments from Former B CUSP 100 Students:

"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."

"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.!"

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.