​​​The Foundations Program​

​​The University of Findlay prides itself on creating an environment resembling a ”home away from home” for all students. For international students, it can be overwhelming when transitioning to a new country with different languages, teaching styles and cultures. The Foundations Program is designed to assist international students when getting acclimated to our campus and studying in the United States.

All first-year undergraduate international students benefit from The Foundations Program when starting their studies at the University of Findlay. As a student in the program, you will be provided with specific coursework and a mentor that will help you:

  • Get acclimated to the University of Findlay campus and Findlay community
  • Provide cultural support
  • Assist you when feeling homesick
  • Learn different classroom structures and teaching styles in the United States
  • Introduce you to student activities and clubs on campus
  • Attend campus and community events 

"Mentors are reliable people for us because they consult our problems and teach us American culture."

- Rino Okazaki, English Major

Courses you may take while in The Foundations Program:

Writing Review for Non-Native Speakers I with Lab(4 credit hours)

Designed to prepared non-native speakers of English for composing academic tasks. During lab time, you will work on papers, practice reading strategies and work with instructors.

English for Specific Purposes (1 to 3 credit hours)

Designed to help you improve your English in a selected content area. In this course, you will participate in team building activities, interact with American students, participate in campus events and journal about your experiences.

College and Professional Reading (1 or 3 credit hours)

Designed to support and enhance your reading skills and help you comprehend the types of tests used in university courses. 

For more information, please contact the director of the IELP program, Dr. Greg Mott at [email protected]​​ or at 419-434-4831.