BU First Class

During August 2016, Global Programs launched an online noncredit pre arrival course designed to prepare incoming international students for the transition to BU and the American classroom. BU First Class is delivered on the edX platform Edge and is comprised of short videos, polls, and self-checks designed to be completed from anywhere on any device.

Below is a summary of each Unit and a sample video.

Unit 1. The American Classroom

This unit asks students to think critically about the education system or systems they grew up in and compare it with what will be asked of them at BU. After completing this unit, students should have a better idea of what to expect in a variety of classroom settings and should be more comfortable interacting with BU professors and understanding how they will be assessed.

Watch: The American Way of Learning

Unit 2. Academic Integrity and Expectations

This unit is primarily composed of a series of videos and self-checks introducing Boston University’s Academic Conduct Code, discussing academic integrity, what plagiarism is and how to use BU Libraries for research.

Watch: Introduction to Academic Integrity

Unit 3. Health and Wellness

This unit provides and overview of BU Student Health Services and provides instructions for completing key immunization and insurance steps prior to arrival.

The unit also asks students to consider how they think about their health and wellness at home and how they plan on stay well and supported physically and emotionally at BU.

Unit 4. Orientation

This unit provides an overview of what students will do when they first arrive in Boston and begin the orientation process, introductions to the ISSO and their check in process, the writing program and the International Students and Scholars Hub.

Watch: Move-In and Check-In

To Experience the Course:

  1. Email Callie Sopper at csopper@bu.edu to be registered in the course
  2. Go to edge.edx.org
  3. Create an account using the same email address you provided Callie
  4. The course should then show up on your dashboard under “My Courses” as “BU First Class”
  5. Click on the course name
  6. Once you are in the course, click the “Course” tab

If you would like to discuss adding school-specific content to BU Global Programs First Class, please contact Callie Sopper at csopper@bu.edu.