I am having difficulties with my homework and getting bad grades on tests. Is there tutoring available?
Yes,the Academic Resource Center (ARC) provides Concordia students with access to a corps of friendly and helpful peer tutors who can assist with understanding academic material. Tutoring is available for a variety of subjects, including: biology, chemistry, math, philosophy, psychology, religion and foreign languages. Subject area tutoring can be arranged by appointment. The classes listed below are the current courses supported by tutors. Other courses can be arranged by contacting Prof. Kris Kuhn (email@example.com).Contact Emily Sipe to request an ESL tutor.
How do I use the writing center?
Writing is a major part of being in college. Good writing requires students to be clear and concise in conveying their thoughts and ideas. In addition, employers frequently expect their employees to possess good communication skills. So being a good writer is imperative for success in college and future employment. The Writing Center has a friendly and experienced corps of peer consultants who assist Concordia students with improving their writing skills. The Writing Center is located on the third floor of the George R. White Library & Learning Center (GRW-316).
Appointments are encouraged. Walk-ins are always welcome.
TO MAKE APPOINTMENTS VIA EMAIL:
► WRITING CENTER: firstname.lastname@example.org (located in GRW 216.)
► TUTORING: email@example.com
AFTER MAKING AN APPOINTMENT —
Bring the assignment guidelines from your professor.
Bring a hard copy of your paper.
BEFORE your appointment, proofread your paper as best you can.
Come prepared to actively brainstorm and revise your paper. WRITING is a process! Be ready to engage and learn!
APPOINTMENT PROTOCOL —
Maximum 1 appointment per day and 3 appointments per week.
Maximum of 3 appointments on a single assignment (each appointment must address a new issue or new material).
Limit of approximately 10 pages of text per appointment.
FALL SEMESTER WRITING CENTER HOURS —
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday and Thursday 9:00-10:30 am /Break/ 3:00-8:00pm
Saturday On-Call by phone or email only 9:00am-6:00pm
I am running low on money and would like to work part-time on campus at Concordia. Where can I go to find information about employment on campus?
The first thing to remember is that as an international student on an F-1 visa, you are only allowed to work a maximum of 20 hours per week on campus. The best place to start your job search is by visiting the Concordia University Career Services website. You can click on "On-Campus Job Postings" in the left menu bar to see what positions are currently available.
I have heard I need to get a social security number in order to work in the U.S. Where do I go to do this?
Social Security is a retirement benefit program that began approximately 75 years ago to provide economic protection for US workers when they retire. The program "taxes" a portion of every worker's paycheck. The employer matches the "tax" and sends it to the Social Security program for savings until the worker reaches retirement age. A Social Security card is required only if you work in the United States. To apply for a Social Security card, you must have proof of a job offer and you must go in person to:
Social Security Office
1538 SW Yamhill Street
Portland, OR 97205
For more information on Social Security, visit the Social Security Administration's website.
I would like to meet other students. Where do I go to learn about student activities happening on and off campus?
The Department of International Studies encourages all international students to get involved in student activities. It is a great way to better your English speaking skills and good for alleviating some feelings of homesickness. Check out the Student Activities board next to the student cafeteria in the Hagen Campus Center or check the Student Life Calendar. Activities are posted regularly!
You can also get involved in a student club on campus
Concordia is in the process of starting an International Student Club on campus as well.
I enjoy exercise in my home country. Is there a place on campus I can exercise or play sports?
Concordia University has a wonderful gym on campus for students. You can also participate in intramural sports. Visit the gym to sign-up.
I am struggling with living in another culture and am missing home. Is there someone on campus that can help me process what I am feeling?
Concordia University has a Counseling Center that is free for all full-time Concordia students. A counselor can serve as a great resource on campus and can also provide a listening ear to assist you as you adjust to American culture and living far away from your home.
I have a cold and feel sick. Is there someone on campus that can provide health care?
A good place to start, if it is not an emergency, is with the campus nurse. Check their website for details, location, and how to schedule an appointment.
Should you have any other questions, please know that you can always contact the Department of International Studies:
Linda Rountree, Director of International Studies
Emily Sipe, Assistant to the Director of International Studies