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.
- Review the Graduate School's information on English Language Proficiency Requirements for detailed information on who should participate in a language assessment
- Review our information on language assessments
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.
- 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.
Additional support is always available; please contact the ITAP team for more information.