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About ESL

The Program in Writing and Communication understands how challenging it can be for non-native speakers of English to pursue academic writing and research endeavors. We support international students through a variety of programming and course work to help them become more successful throughout their Rice career.

Credit-Based Courses

The PWC offers three semester-long courses for international graduate students on speaking and writing.

Resources

View our online collection of resources.

Individual Consultations

Meet one-on-one with a trained peer consultant to improve your communication skills.

Workshops

The CAPC offers a variety of free workshops on communication topics from procrastination to writer's block.

  • Testimonials

    I took UNIV 600 during my first year as a Ph.D. student and looking back, it was the best decision I could have made. Having English as a second language made me insecure about my writing when I first started my academic career, but this course gave me the tools and confidence to undergo all the challenges in academic writing so far. In addition, UNIV 600 covers much more than grammar and vocabulary. One of the most useful topics for me was learning the structure of research papers. It gave me a better understanding of the building blocks of academic writing, allowing me to use the language in more effective and efficient ways, in terms of both word choice and grammatical constructions.
    Vinicius da Silva Goncalves
    UNIV 600, Academic Reading and Writing for Graduate Students