University of Michigan
Preparing for Graduate Study in the U.S.: A course for international students
University of Michigan

Preparing for Graduate Study in the U.S.: A course for international students

Taught in English

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Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Pamela Bogart

Instructor: Pamela Bogart


(55 reviews)

Beginner level
No prior experience required
16 hours to complete
3 weeks at 5 hours a week
Flexible schedule
Learn at your own pace

What you'll learn

  • Learn to introduce yourself and your area of study to a variety of academic audiences.

  • Identify ways to advocate for your role and communicate effectively in teams.

  • Build awareness of campus discussions around diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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There are 5 modules in this course

Welcome to the first week of our course! Each week, we'll give you a brief overview of what's ahead, which we like to call "This week in a nutshell" - a short summary of the content you can expect, just like the content that fits into the shell of a nut. During this week, we have five lessons lined up for you. First, we'll introduce the course and what it has to offer. Then, we will guide you in crafting a professional self-introduction. Moving on to the third and fourth lesson, you'll gain insights about the differences between undergraduate and graduate study, and select a "target institution" to explore throughout this course. Lastly, a brief graded quiz will help you review what you've learned in this entire week.

What's included

5 videos8 readings1 quiz3 app items3 discussion prompts

Welcome to Week 2 of Preparing for Graduate Study in the U.S. In the following lessons, we’ll be exploring short professional self-introductions, also called “Elevator pitches.” Then, we will be exploring ways to add to your language toolbox to introduce yourself professionally. After that, we’ll introduce some tools you can use to explore campus language use more generally. And finally, you will be putting this week’s pieces together to formulate your own professional elevator pitch.

What's included

4 videos2 readings2 quizzes4 app items1 discussion prompt

Welcome to Week 3 of Preparing for Graduate Study in the U.S. We’ll begin looking at the many ways in which graduate student learning takes place in small groups or teams as well as the various roles we may play in groups. We will ponder on how to advocate for the roles we wish to play when negotiating group responsibilities and reflect on collaboration opportunities in your target graduate program.

What's included

6 videos2 readings1 quiz1 app item4 discussion prompts

Of course the primary reason to pursue graduate studies is to learn about and participate in research and scholarship in your field. This week, we'll be looking at framing our own expertise, collaborating with faculty, and conventions around engaging with published scholarly writing.

What's included

5 videos5 readings1 quiz1 app item4 discussion prompts

In this last week of our course together, we'll turn our attention to the transition to graduate student life on a new campus. We'll identify ways to connect with individuals and groups, and to foster a supportive community around us. We'll cap off the course with a "final draft" version of everyone's elevator pitches.

What's included

3 videos6 readings1 quiz4 app items1 discussion prompt


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4.9 (11 ratings)
Pamela Bogart
University of Michigan
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