FIGs for International Students

Global Bridge iFIGs

Global Bridge International First-Year Interest Groups (iFIGs) provide a great first-year experience for international students that are required to take the year-long sequence of Academic English for International Students (AEIS) courses. Students in Global Bridge iFIGs will take their required AEIS courses in a package with other university courses that satisfy core education requirements. The Global Bridge Program is required for students who test into a full load of AEIS courses. The following link details the process of testing through AEIS: UO American English Institute Placement Testing

Global Bridge iFIGs are an opportunity for international students to connect their English learning coursework with core education classes, as well as build academic skills to thrive in their studies throughout their time at the university. The added advantage of Global Bridge iFIGs is that AEIS instructors tailor instruction in their courses to support the other non-AEIS class. This means that students will see the immediate relevance of the work they are doing in their language classes and connect it to the content they are learning in the general education course. This type of instruction is very powerful for language acquisition. The program ensures that students are enrolled in the AEIS classes they need and are making good progress in meeting university graduation requirements.

Global Bridge iFIGs will also help students make various connections in their first year. Students will:

  • Connect with faculty members
  • Connect with an undergraduate peer-mentor
  • Connect to academic courses
  • Connect with peers
  • Connect with the campus and the Eugene community

Being part of a Global Bridge iFIG enhances the overall college experience and sets international students on a path to success. Students who start out in a FIG earn higher grades throughout their first year and beyond, and are more likely to graduate in four years.

What classes are included in a Global Bridge FIG?

Each iFIG includes 2 AEIS courses, a general-education course, and a 1-credit small seminar called College Connections

What is College Connections?

College Connections is a small seminar in the FIG package designed to help students further the connections they are making in their core education classes while building a campus community that will help students succeed. The College Connections class is led by a faculty instructor and is assisted by an experienced undergraduate peer mentor known as a FIG Assistant (FA). These mentors are extensively trained to help new students with their transition to the UO.

The College Connections class will help students explore the content from all lecture classes included in the FIG as well as provide vital resources to ensure students succeed in their first year and beyond. In these courses, students will have access to Academic Advisors, Library resources, tutoring and assistance from the Teaching and Learning Center on a regular basis. The College Connections class will also provide students with educational and social activities designed to better acquaint students with their peers, their faculty members, the University, and the Eugene community as a whole. These activities may include library orientation, study groups, lunch with a professor, field trips, and more.