International Teaching Assistant Program

The International Teaching Assistant Program (ITAP) supports international graduate students on the path to success in their work as teaching assistants at Cornell.

Getting started

  1. Review the Graduate School's information on English Language Proficiency Requirements for detailed information on who should participate in a language assessment
  2. Review our information on language assessments
  3. Participate in a language assessment if required

    • Students who achieve a score of Advanced Low or above (some departments require Advanced Mid) may move on directly to their TA appointments without enrolling in ALS 5780. Most students achieve this level.

    • Students who achieve a score of Intermediate High may teach as a TA while enrolled in ALS 5780 at the same time.
    • Students who achieve a score of Intermediate Mid (or below) must take ALS 5780 until they score Intermediate High, at which point they will be able to TA while taking ALS 5780 (see above).
    • See Understanding your language assessment results for more information on interpreting your rating.
  4. New international students from countries where English is not the first language who will hold a TA appointment in their first semester must participate in the ITAP summer orientation

Supporting your success

The International Teaching Assistant Program consists three parts: language assessments, courses, and summer orientation. Explore the information below to find out how CTI can support your success as a teaching assistant at Cornell.

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Language assessments

The language assessment process ensures that every international graduate student meets the expectations for oral English proficiency defined by the Office of the Provost so that you experience the greatest possible success in your teaching, studies, and research at Cornell.
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ITAP courses

ALS 5780 and 5790 (the ITAP courses) support international students who have been appointed to be teaching assistants build and refine their oral English proficiency.

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Summer orientation

The summer orientation is a 90-minute, synchronous orientation designed to support all new  international teaching assistants (ITAs) who speak English as an additional language.

Additional support is always available; please contact the ITAP team for more information.