International Students

Resources for International Students

Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning 
The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning offers a wide range of courses and workshops, as well as individual consultations, for international teaching fellows (TFs) at Harvard. If you are interested in improving your oral communication or teaching skills, visit the Bok Center early in your Harvard career; don’t wait until you begin to teach. If you would like to speak to someone about what would best suit your needs, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Harvard Institute for English Language Programs
You may want to improve your English language skills by taking courses offered by the Harvard Institute for English Language (IEL) Programs at the Harvard University Extension School or the Harvard Summer School. In all IEL courses, students read a novel and contemporary journalism as well as a wide variety of articles across the curriculum, and engage in a variety of speaking and writing tasks in order to expand their vocabulary, monitor and receive feedback on language problems, and gain wider cultural awareness.

PLEASE NOTE: Students are required to schedule a placement test before enrolling. See the placement test schedule. Once you have a placement test score, you may register.

GSAS will pay tuition for one non-intensive IEL course in the Harvard Extension School or Harvard Summer School. To obtain a voucher, print your completed registration form and bring the form to GSAS at Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center 350.

Bureau of Study Counsel
The Bureau of Study Counsel offers an ESL Peer Consultation Program. Undergraduate and graduate peer consultants work with international students who are non-native English speakers to help them improve their oral communication skills in English. It is advisable to request a consultant as early as possible.  Please call 617-495-1814 and make an appointment with Patrick O'Brien to discuss a referral to the Bureau’s ESP Peer Consultation Program. GSAS will provide a GSAS student with $925 of funding for a peer consultant.
In addition, the Bureau of Study Counsel offers a variety of reading courses throughout the year. These courses are designed to help students read more purposefully and selectively, with greater speed and comprehension.

Writing Tutor
Students, including those for whom English is not a first language, may make an appointment at any stage of their writing for one-hour conferences with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , the GSAS Writing Tutor. All consultations are free and confidential.