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The University community is enriched by the presence of international scholars and instructors, and we welcome the opportunity to provide courses and consultations to enhance their experiences while learning or teaching here. The ITA Program offers training and support to nonnative English speakers who teach courses and undertake other instructional responsibilities at the University of Minnesota.

"The instructor was really interested for the progress of each one of us, and really helped us by providing helpful feedback. Also, the material was never boring but always helpful for our future careers." - GRAD 5105 student, Fall 2010

While most students enroll in ITA coursework to fulfill the University’s spoken English proficiency requirement for TA eligibility, the courses are also open to all nonnative English speaking students. Many have found the program to be helpful in their professional development as future academicians and scholars, realizing the need for clear oral communication skills in teaching, presenting at conferences,or  transmitting ideas to colleagues. Moreover, the focus on discipline-specific communication has also been useful for students in the program, as it tailors language and teaching skills to specific needs of individuals.

If you have questions, please contact, Jeff Lindgren at 612-625-3070 or

ITA Courses

The ITA Program offers 2 courses during the academic year:

  • 5102
  • 5105

The College of Science and Engineering Teaching and Language Kick-Off (CSE: TALK) takes place in August.

More about ITA Courses


Support for Nonnative Speakers of English

Whether you are visiting scholar from outside the U.S., a newly arriving professor or TA from abroad, or an experienced international faculty member, you bring a valuable perspective to the University of Minnesota's academic environment. You may also have unique concerns about teaching and learning at this institution.

The Center for Teaching and Learning offers courses, individual consultations, and online resources specifically designed with you in mind.

More about Support for Nonnative Speakers of English

ITA Program Staff



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