Being a Successful Student

The primary objective of every international student at NC State is an academic one – to acquire new knowledge and skills that will effectively contribute to one’s professional success and increase one’s marketability in one’s chosen field (and which, we would quickly add, culminates in a valuable degree from a reputable institution of higher education recognized around the world for its knowledge creation, innovation, cutting edge research, and scholarly productivity). Of course all students – domestic and international – have other more personal goals for entering the university: to experience a new culture, have fun, meet people and make friends, please one’s parents, escape from one’s parents, etc. While studying is not the only activity students engage in, it is critical (and a requirement for maintaining one’s non-immigrant status) for international students to study well and to be successful in their program. 

University Tutorial Center: The Undergraduate Tutorial Center provides several types of free assistance to suit the needs of students in many 100- and 200-level courses. 

Writing and Speaking Support: provides one-on-one tutoring. Visitors can get help at all stages of the writing and speaking process, including brainstorming, topic development, thesis construction, organization, drafting, revision, and more.  

International Student Success Group: learn how to boost your academic performance with effective study skills, time and stress managements strategies. Discuss how to establish healthy relationships, how to deal with cultural shock and language barriers.

Academic Advising Services: provides accurate, sound, and timely advising, helps students learn to navigate and use the processes and resources at NC State effectively, guides students in their exploration of majors and careers, and assists students transitioning to new majors.

Division of Academic and Student Affairs: organizes various programs to prepare students to succeed academically, professionally and personally; to embrace a commitment to lifelong learning; and to become informed, engaged and productive citizens.