The Professional Communication Program for New International Scholars, a collaboration between the GSAS Office of Student Affairs and the Professional Communication Program for International Teachers and Scholars at the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, introduces incoming international graduate students to life at Harvard and to the United States and helps them activate their English language skills in preparation for beginning their graduate programs. This intensive program provides opportunities for non-native English speakers to develop professional communication skills, to explore campus and classroom culture at Harvard, and to foster connections and build community across disciplines. The program is aligned with the GSAS Oral English Language Requirement and is designed to feed directly into the Bok Center’s Professional Communication Program for International Teachers and Scholars.  

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Program Components

This program will integrate online, asynchronous modules; cohort-based core classes, program-wide workshops; and students will self-select into cohorts that will meet every weekday during the program. These core classes provide a student-centered learning environment focused on helping you activate and develop your English language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) and cross-cultural communication skills. You’ll engage with academic materials across disciplines, explore current events, and practice communicating to diverse audiences through discussions and various types of presentations. In the afternoon, you will participate in program-wide activities including site visits, workshops, and panels to learn more about your new environment and to practice the skills you are building in an authentic context. In the evenings, you will have an opportunity to connect with fellow participants in the residence halls. Students are asked to sign a contract demonstrating their commitment to this full-time, intensive program. Take a look at a sample calendar from last year’s program for more detail on how the days are structured!

If you would like to inquire about eligibility or what the program entails, contact the Office of Student Affairs at