International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Program

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International Teaching Assistants (ITAs) are a vital part of the teaching mission at the University of Utah. The Graduate School requires all graduate students who are non-native speakers of North American English to be cleared by the ITA Program in order to be eligible for a tuition benefit for teaching assistant work.


Screening for oral English proficiency is done multiple times throughout the year, and pre-semester workshops prepare ITAs for their teaching assignments. On-going training and support are offered throughout the academic year in the form of graduate-level spoken English classes, mid-semester student evaluations, and seminars on topics of interest to ITAs.