U.S. Culture

Adapting to U.S. Culture

When we send you your DS-2019, we will enclose a pamphlet called, Introduction to American Life. This pamphlet is directed toward foreign students who will be studying at American universities but contains information you may find helpful as you prepare for your trip and become oriented with American life and culture. 

Chinese nationals should go to Pre-departure Orientation for Chinese Students, which is designed for Chinese students attending American universities and also may contain helpful information in understanding American culture.

The Asian Center can also be helpful to Asian employees working in West Michigan.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

For examples of English as a Second Language (ESL) training opportunities in Grand Rapids, please see Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Rapids Public Schools for more information. 

ESL classes with a cost may be eligible for reimbursement under the Institute’s Tuition Reimbursement benefit program. Requirements include:

  • Management approval 
  • Full-time status before enrolling in a class and at the completion of the class

Please contact Deirdre Griffin for more information on the tuition reimbursement program.