IGU executives, administrative staff, and faculty work harmoniously with the students. They show compassion and take pride in their work as IGU is committed to providing a wide range of outstanding student services:
Academic Advising is provided to students by the Academic Department, by faculty, and by administrative staff for a variety of academic needs that include, but not limited to, admissions interviews, evaluation of transfer credit award, if applicable, program courses selection for timely registration and payment of tuition and applicable fees, determination of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), preparation of Capstone Projects, and guidance in scholarly activity.
Several specific academic advising options are available to students. The Academic Advisor is available online, by telephone or via email for academic inquiries or course completion requirements. Also, students are urged to immediately contact them to discuss personal issues that may affect their academic performance. They are also available for consultation on Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), preparation of professional resumes, or career advising and planning. The scope of academic advising may include:
Analyzing personal interests related to academic and career planning.
Determining the appropriate and suitable educational program for successfully achieving a chosen career or goal.
Selecting courses and student activities that maximize scholarly activity and potential academic success.
Developing a suitable academic plan that encompasses both the course workload and the supplemental needs of the students.
Academic progression in the pursuit and completion of required Research Scholarly activity and the Capstone Project.
The Admissions administrative staff provides valuable guidance to prospective students in regard to admission requirements for each program, and academic system. The staff can also assist the students in securing the needed documents to complete the admission process.
Foreign Student Advising
The Admissions staff can provide guidance to prospective foreign students in meeting the admission requirements, in particularly in securing a letter of verification for educational funding, meeting the English language proficiency, if required, and processing the evaluation of foreign transcripts for transfer credits eligibility and payment of the foreign transcripts fee, if applicable.
Note: F-1 students must seek appropriate and timely guidance from the Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) and Designated School Officials (DSOs) to ensure that the F-1 students comply with the SEVIS regulations.
General Advising and Orientation
General Advising is provided to students by the Student Affairs staff for nearby housing information (as IGU does not have dormitories on campus), schedules of public transportation, application for personal banking, etc. The Student Affairs Office will also coordinate an Orientation Day for resident students to attend sample lectures on site at IGU. All new resident students are required to attend the University’s Orientation program so that they can also be familiar with the key members of the IGU community and institutional operation.
IGU is committed to provide reasonable accommodation to students with verified physical and learning disabilities. Accommodation and other support services are managed by the Academic and Student Affairs Offices and are tailored to meet the reasonable needs of each individual student. Individuals wishing assistance should contact IGU at the earliest time and prior to initial enrollment so that an appraisal of meeting the student’s needs can be determined. The individual with disability will be advised in writing of the specific available services (or limitation of services) that IGU can accommodate him/her. Students will be required to complete the “Self-Disclosure Form” available at the admissions office to report and request special accommodation services Form.
Social Adjustment and Coping Skills
At IGU we care not only about academic welfare but also social welfare of our students. We realize that many international students face various challenges when they first join to the US higher education system. Similarly, many US freshmen also encounter various challenges (emotional, alcohol, drug abuse, mental, social, academic and otherwise) when they transition from the primary to the higher education setting.
We invite our students to speak with admission advisors or with lead faculty of their program to share openly and confidentially about their challenges. In order to help students with their academic challenges, we administer “At-risk” student survey via our faculty in the middle of the quarter. This survey helps us to identify at-risk students and implement a timely intervention plan. Those students who experience emotional and social are invited to talk to the VP.
AT IGU we do not have a qualified counselor on site, therefore, students experiencing social issues and requiring counseling are referred to external counselors. Although, IGU makes every attempt to comfort students, when requested by a student about such coping skills as life skills, personal financing skills, etc.,IGU refers these students to external counselor. Admissions advisors maintain a list of counselors close to our campus.
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