US Educational System

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Each country and culture has its own educational norms and rules; to be successful in the US, you will need to learn the educational differences between your culture and the US, not all of which will be easy to understand.

At first it may all seem strange and confusing, but if you are patient with yourself, pay attention, and ask questions, you will soon understand where to go for help. The AEI is an excellent resource for you. Our instructors, advisors, and staff do our best to ensure that you receive the guidance you need to navigate the US educational system.

Student Conduct & Community Standards

As part of the University of Oregon community, you must follow all the rules and values of the community [community standards]. These community standards are necessary to maintain and protect a safe and supportive learning environment.  The values of UO include honesty, responsibility, community, multicultural competence, and accountability. Students are expected to act in a way that protects these values.

We further affirm our commitment to:

  • Respect the dignity and essential worth of all individuals.
  • Promote a culture of respect throughout the university community.
  • Respect the privacy, property, and freedom of others.
  • Reject bigotry, discrimination, violence, or intimidation of any kind.
  • Practice personal and academic integrity and expect it from others.
  • Promote the diversity of opinions, ideas and backgrounds that are the lifeblood of the university.

Culture of Instructor Office Hours

All IEP instructors have drop-in or by appointment office hours set aside to help answer students’ questions about class or homework. Visiting instructors during office hours is expected and a great way to get to know your instructors and receive extra help.

  • How to start the conversation…
  • I am having trouble understanding what is happening in class. Can you help me with ...
  • I do not understand the homework assignment. Can you please explain...
  • I would like to do extra work to move ahead. Can you please give me extra homework on...

 When visiting instructors, it is a good idea to…

  • Ask instructors via email before visiting their offices if you could meet them and set up a time for the meeting.
  • Think about questions to ask beforehand. Do you have grammar questions? Do you want to discuss your progress?
  • Be proactive and DO NOT wait till the end of term.