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Academic Success for International Graduate Students

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Support for international graduate students transitioning 
to the American higher education system!

In collaboration with International Student and Scholar Services, The Graduate College presents a Canvas course and panel event geared specifically towards international graduate students. The self-paced, online Canvas course will address academic etiquette within the framework of the U.S. higher education system, explore cultural adjustment, discuss plagiarism, and cover useful resources to utilize throughout your graduate program. The live panel event, consisting of students and faculty, will focus on providing tips and resources that can help you be successful throughout your graduate program. We hope you will take advantage of both opportunities and we are excited to be a part of your graduate career journey!

Academic Success for International Graduate Students: Canvas Course

Self-paced online modules include:

  • Peer-to-Peer Etiquette
    • American Social Norms
    • Cultural Adjustment
    • Making Friends, Socializing, + Getting Involved
  • American Classroom Expectations
  • Communicating with Faculty
  • Ethics + Plagiarism
  • Graduate College Resources
  • International Student and Scholar Services Resources

Enroll in the course today!


Watch a recording of the live panel event from September 2021!

Academic Success for International Graduate Students: Panel Event

We are excited to announce there will be a live, virtual panel event coming March 2022!  Guest speakers from The Graduate College and International Student and Scholar Services will open the event and introduce the panel. The panel, composed of current international graduate students and graduate faculty, will be sharing their tips for a successful transition into the U.S. higher education system and resources useful throughout your graduate studies. There will be time to ask panelists questions, so be sure to come prepared! 

Spring 2022 Event Details

Thursday, March 3
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Zoom (online)

The spring 2022 event was originally scheduled to be held Friday, February 4 but was canceled due to university closures. This event has been rescheduled to the date and time listed above.

Spring 2022 Panelists


Dr. Arzu Ari

Dr. Arzu Ari is a professor and associate dean for research at the College of Health Professions. She published 81 conference proceedings, 80 peer-reviewed articles, 16 book chapters, three clinical practice guidelines, and two books. Dr. Ari is the Guest Editor of Pharmaceutics and the Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Respiratory Care. She also holds various leadership roles in eight professional organizations. Dr. Ari gave more than 300 presentations at conferences worldwide and received 29 prestigious awards for her accomplishments in research and education.


Noushin Azami

Noushin moved from Iran to the US in 2017 to start her master's in Electrical Engineering. After receiving her degree, she changed her major to Computer Science and started PhD. She's given presentations in multiple conferences, worked with companies such as IBM, had research collaborations with the national science foundation and the department on energy. She is currently a 3rd-year PhD student in the department of computer science.


Mar Moretta

Mar Moretta is Ecuadorian and studying to get her Ph.D. in Aquatic resources and integrative biology. Her work uses innovative portable sequencing technologies to investigate emerging infectious diseases in amphibians inhabiting understudied canopy systems in Ecuador. This gives her the flexibility to go back and forth from her home country to the US, do her fieldwork there and analyze data, take classes, and teach genetics to undergraduates in the US. Mar is also the historian of oSTEM, an organization that empowers LGBTQIA+ TXST students in STEM to succeed personally, academically, and professionally.


Quan Nguyen

Quan Nguyen grew up in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Currently, he is pursuing Master of Science in Communication Disorders at Texas State and serving as a Graduate Clinician at St. David’s Medical Center. Quan has earned co-authorship on three research manuscripts and authored three articles written for the Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association. Quan is a proud recipient of the Graduate College of Health Profession Scholarship, all semester Dean’s List, and winner of the Outstanding Graduate Student Award by the Department of Communication Disorders.


Dr. Sandhya Rao

Dr. Sandhya Rao is a professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Honorary Professor of International Studies. She served as the Graduate Advisor for the Master’s in Mass Communication program for 15 years and as the Assistant Dean of the Graduate College for 12 years. A Fulbright Scholar, she taught for a semester at Manipal University in India. At Texas State, she chaired the committee on the internationalization of our campus and launched the International Research Conference for Graduate Students. She earned her Ph.D. degree at Bowling Green State University, Ohio.

Dr. Rao is the moderator of the spring 2022 Academic Success for International Graduate Students: Panel Event.

Questions? Contact

  If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate, please contact 512.245.2281 at least 72 hours in advance of the event.

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