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STUDENT SERVICES

To help assure a successful transition to this new living and academic environment, Pacem In Terris offers a variety of special support services for international students. These services help the program achieve an admirable retention rate of some 95 percent.

ORIENTATION
International students receive immediate support through a series of workshops that help them deal with culture shock, life in the United States, immigration rules and regulations, and the American education system.

ONGOING SUPPORT
Meetings and workshops throughout the year encourage communication among students, faculty and staff members.

LANGUAGE SUPPORT
When they first arrive, international students are evaluated for their language skills by the La Roche Department of Modern Languages staff. Students who need language-instruction support are placed in an intensive study of English as a Second Language before they begin participating in the main stream academic courses.

International students also may participate in the Conversation Partner Program, which pairs them up with Americans as a way to sharpen their verbal skills and exchange cultural information.

ACADEMIC SUPPORT
Pacem In Terris staff and the Department for Academic Advising and Career Planning help international students with class registration.

Tutorial services and supplemental instruction are provided through the Department of Academic Enrichment for students who need additional assistance with their classwork.

Once a student declares a major, he/she receives an academic advisor in his/her field who provides one-on-one support and who monitors the student's academic success.

CULTURAL SUPPORT
Pacem In Terris staff, college faculty members, and families in the community participate in this program which gives international students the opportunity to interact with American families and to observe firsthand their customs and culture.

Also see more general student support service information under the La Roche College Internet site Student Life section.