Communication Skills Institute for International Students


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The Communication Skills Institute for International Students (CSIIS) reaches a banner landmark in 2020.  We are celebrating our eleventh year!  This summer we will again be offering International Students a holistic program in acquiring English language skills and orientation to American culture.  Comprised of two courses, COMM1A (Public Speaking for Nonnative Speakers) and COMM1B (Learning American English and Culture from Movies), CSIIS is designed to focus the educational potential of the Department of Communication, UCLA, and the cultural venues of Los Angeles into a comprehensive, effective, and enjoyable educational environment.

In a recent, extensive study of summer courses for International Students, UCLA’s Summer Sessions published some data that you may find of interest.  Prospective students visit our COMM1A and COMM1B websites in greater numbers than any other UCLA courses designed for International Students.  Overall,  students from 84 different countries expressed interest in COMM1A or COMM1B.  Finally, it was found nearly ten percent of all International Students attending UCLA in the summer enroll in one or both of our classes.

Due to the cultural diversity represented by our participating students, an added benefit of our program has evolved.   Not only are CSIIS students exposed to the intricacies of US language and culture through guided coursework and encounters with American students; they also interact with a diverse group of students from a wealth of other countries and cultures in our COMM1A and COMM1B classrooms.

You can enroll in either COMM1A (Public Speaking for Nonnative Speakers-for more more information on COMM1A, click here) or COMM1B (Learning American English and Culture from Movies-for more information on COMM1B, click here).  However, if you enroll in both COMM1A & COMM1B it fulfills the eight (8) units of school credit required for a USA Student Visa.  Also, if you enroll in both COMM1A and COMM1B you will receive a Certificate of Completion from UCLA’s Department of Communication documenting your successful completion of the Communication Skills Institute for International Students.

To enroll in CSIIS (both COMM1A and COMM1B) see below.

Session A:

For COMM1A, click here.

For COMM1B, click here.

Session C:

For COMM1A, click here.

For COMM1B, click here.