International Students and Scholars
Schedule your tutoring appointment in advance.
Academic Year: Schedule an appointment or drop in the Virtual SkillZone Zoom meeting.
Tutors are available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12:30 to 6:00 p.m.
If you need an appointment outside of the 12:30–6:00 p.m. window, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Terms: Email us to make an appointment at email@example.com.
Meet virtually on Thursdays 5:00–6:00 p.m. (fall and spring terms)
SkillZone is a free drop-in center for all IUP international students and scholars (American Language Institute, undergraduate, exchange, and graduate) to access support for their classes and to develop academic skills for success, such as
SkillZone tutors can support students with development in a variety of content areas, including English, science, math, business, and technology. Tutors can also help students who are preparing for standardized exams like GRE, TOEFL, or IELTS. SkillZone isn’t
just for homework, though. Students who want to practice English conversation, discuss cultural questions, or find out about campus and community resources can also get the support they need at SkillZone.
The SkillZone group room is a great place to practice your conversation skills, ask questions about life at IUP, and make new friends. On Thursday evenings from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. the group room hosts Conversation Corner, where US and international students are invited to share their perspectives, ask questions, and engage in open format discussions.
The tutors at SkillZone are undergraduate and graduate students who come from a variety of cultural, language, and disciplinary backgrounds.
SkillZone is located in Eicher Hall 206 and is available virtually. Due to social distancing requirements, you must schedule an appointment in advance to use the SkillZone computer lab in Eicher Hall. You can use the IUP
interactive campus map to find us.
SkillZone and its services are free of charge to IUP international students and scholars.
make an appointment to work with a tutor based on your schedule, academic area, or language background. You can also drop in the virtual meeting without an appointment during SkillZone hours.
SkillZone can partner with your class by providing your international students with additional support for course work and questions about US university culture.
Students have the option to request that a summary of their SkillZone tutoring session be sent to faculty. If you would like a faculty report form, please encourage students to consent to information sharing. Feel free to contact SkillZone staff with any specific instructions if you are referring an individual or group for tutoring.
Please encourage your international students to take advantage of the academic support offered through SkillZone by including this description in your syllabus:
SkillZone is a drop-in tutoring center for all IUP international students and scholars. Tutors are IUP students who provide multilingual, multidisciplinary assistance for international students and scholars. In addition to tutoring
for coursework, SkillZone offers support for cultural questions and academic success strategies, such as
Academic Year Hours: Tutoring Monday–Thursday 12:30–6:00 p.m.; [Friday Open Lab 1:00–4:00 p.m. Open lab is temporarily suspended]Location: 206 Eicher Hall by appointment or Virtual SkillZone Zoom meetingEmail: