Academic Resources & Tips

Academic Advising

If you are an undergraduate student, check with your academic advisor or major advisor for help with:

If you are a graduate student, check with your faculty advisor or program coordinator or the Graduate Student Academic Services Office for help with:

Visit your professor and/or teaching assistants during office hours to ask questions about course material, your grades, class expectations and policies.

Academic Policies

As an international student, you are expected to abide by local and federal laws, including rules set by the UA. Become familiar with the Dean of Students Office and the following concepts to stay in good status as a UA student and international student.

The Dean of Students Office enforces the Code of Academic Integrity and the Student Code of Conduct and supports students with the following:


Code of Academic Integrity: The principle for honesty in all class work and ethical conduct in lab and clinical assignments

Student Code of Conduct: What the campus community has defined as acceptable behavior

Plagiarism: The intentional or unintentional act of presenting the words, ideas, images, sounds or the creative expression of others as your own

Academic Probation: Your student status when your cumulative grade-point-average (GPA) drops below a 2.000 (undergraduate students) or 3.000 (graduate students)

College Disqualification: Dismissal from a college for not meeting the standards of normal progress after two consecutive regular semesters

University Disqualification: Dismissal from the UA

Academic Success

The academic resources at the UA can assist you with specific course material and help you develop learning skills to apply in all subjects.

The THINK TANK and Writing Center offer free and fee-based services to help you with:

  • Content tutoring or supplemental instruction (help with specific UA courses)

  • Academic skills (study skills, note-taking and public speaking)

  • Learning techniques (test preparation, time and stress management)

  • Writing (punctuation, generating ideas, structure, formatting)

Don’t know where to go or can’t come in person? The THINK TANK has 5 different locations on campus and offers online academic support for math, writing and academic skills!

The Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques Center (SALT) provides support services to students with learning and attention challenges. It also offers Life and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) coaching as additional fee-based services to students.

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) provides accommodations for students with academic or physical barriers on campus.

English Improvement

Learning in a second language can be a special challenge for international students. Use the resources below to gain confidence in your ability to communicate in English so you can participate fully inside and outside the classroom.

THINK TANK Writing Center: Provides free and fee-based drop-ins and appointments. Also offers online writing center tutoring and plagiarism prevention workshops.

Writing Skills Improvement Program: Offers free professional tutoring in the areas of academic writing, library research, feedback on presentations, cover letters and program applications.

Center for English as a Second Language (CESL): Offers tutoring and fee-based evening classes on English for academic purposes, pronunciation and conversation.

Cosmopolitan Toastmasters: A public speaking club for non-native English speakers in a friendly, supportive environment to improve communication and presentation skills. Improve your self-confidence speaking in front of a group or when called upon, prepare for your dissertation, presentation or interview.