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Welcome to the Office of

International Student Academic Support

International students are an important part of the WOU community bringing a diversity of nationalities, cultures, and languages. ISAS was created to support the academic success of these students and the faculty who instruct them. In addition to advising curricular decisions regarding coursework for international students, ISAS engages in the following activities.

  • Staffing and Directing the English Tutoring Center
  • Assisting international students on an individual basis
  • Consulting with faculty who work with international students
  • Coordinating curriculum between Writing 115: College Writing I for International Students, Writing 135: College Writing II, and Linguistics 136: Academic Discourse for International Students (all of which are required courses for international students at WOU)
  • Administration of the Conversation Partners program
  • Providing course-specific support for selected classes with significant international student enrollment
  • Updating the ISAS website with resources for students and faculty and providing current information about international students at WOU
  • Assessing the success and well-being of international students, their academic support, and their social integration

If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment,

please contact Dr. Rob Troyer at the office or email listed below.

Far to Near

A collection of moments in which international students have made an impact on individuals at WOU

Submitted by Gavin Keulks (6/6/13):

Lilly is now completing her second audited class with me this year. Today, our last class day, she gave me a small gift designed to improve eyesight. Surprised, I replied that, actually, the vision in my left eye had been starting to deteriorate slightly (I don't currently wear glasses or contacts), and that this didn't concern me but was a new thing this year. She replied simply and quietly, "I know."

She didn't participate at all in class, verbally, but she was always present and quite content to just be there and listen. As the term went on, I think she brought some of her friends along, too, as my Chinese contingent grew by 1-2 people in some classes. Anyway, I speak far too fast and talk about too many subjective, literary, high-theory things to ever be much use to these Chinese students, I suspect, but I was touched today by her sweet, attentive gift and also her (and another Chinese student's) request to take pictures with me after class. It was a great day, reconfirming some of the special moments of being a teacher that too often get lost during pre-finals crunch."

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To contribute a story, email troyerr@wou.edu with "Far to Near" in the subject line.

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