ESL: Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to bring a laptop computer?
It is not necessary, but many students
find it convenient. Other students take advantage of Coe
College's excellent computer labs and free e-mail accounts.
You may need to modify your computer's hardware slightly
to fit into Coe's system.
How will I get money?
There is an ATM (banking machine) on
the Coe College campus and a bank (U.S. Bank) within walking
distance. Some students find using a credit card the most
convenient way to get money. Other students bring their
money in traveler's checks. (Do not bring large amounts
of cash.) Get advice from your local bank before you come.
How should I bring my money?
In traveler's checks. We do not recommend
bringing more than $100 in cash. (see question above).
What are the extra costs for students
attending Coe College?
Excluding international transportation
and vacation travel, our estimated costs for extras are
|$1,800 ($200 per month x nine months)
Do I need to bring a suit, a party dress
or a yukata?
It is not necessary but there are events
such as the President's Ball, the Culture show, and the
International Student Banquet where students may need
more formal clothes. In class, students at Coe wear more
casual clothes than is common in Japan (jeans, sweatshirts,
What kind of clothes do I need for the
Buildings are centrally heated and air-conditioned.
Bring a warm winter parka, a scarf, gloves and a hat.
These items can also be purchased at one of the local
shopping malls, outlet mall or stores in the area.
What kinds of shops and restaurants are
around Coe College?
There are several fast food restaurants
(KFC, McDonald's, Arby's and Wendy's) very close to campus,
a few 24-hour convenience stores, a supermarket and an
Asian Supermarket all within walking distance.
Who will be my roommate?
You will be roommates with an English-speaking
Coe College Student.
Is Cedar Rapids a safe city?
Cedar Rapids is a safe, small Midwestern
city and our students have never had problems with safety
in the 28-year history of our program.
Where will I wash my clothes?
There are washing machines and dryers
on the lower level of each dormitory. Students pay a $28
laundry fee each term. They may then use the machines
for no charge whenever they need to.
Can I get Japanese food in Cedar Rapids?
Can I cook in the residence halls?
Yes. There are stoves for students to
use in the dormitories.
What is Coe's Academic yearly schedule?
Fall Term 2008
|New Student Orientation
||Aug. 17-23 (Mon.-Sun.)
|Registration for entering students
||Aug. 21 (Fri.)
|Classes begin/Returning students change of course
||Aug. 24 (Mon.)
|No classes (holiday) - Labor Day
||Sept. 7 (Mon.)
||Oct. 3 (Sat.)
||Oct. 13-14 (Mon.-Tues.)
||Nov. 24-30 (Tues. after last class - Mon 8 a.m.)
Spring Term 2009
||Jan. 12 (Tues.)
||Mar. 5-Mar. 14 (Fri. after last class-Sun.)
|Residence Halls Close
||Mar. 6 at noon (Sat.) - Mar. 14 at 8 a.m. (Sun.)
||Apr. 28 (Fri.)
||May 1, 4-6 (Fri., Mon.-Wed.)
||May 8 at 3 p.m. (Sat.)
|Commencement/Residence Halls close for graduating
||May 9 (Sun.)
May Term 2009
||May 10 (Mon.)
||June 4 (Fri.)
How can I practice speaking English and
learn about American Culture?
- Visit an American family for a week-end home stay
- Meet with an English-speaking conversation partner every
- Join a club at Coe College
- Be active in International Club with many local student
- Participate in or attend traditional college activities
such as variety shows, Homecoming & other dances,
theatre productions, art exhibits, sports events, musical
- Join Coe Friends, a volunteer group with frequent projects
with a local elementary school
- Present aspects of Japanese culture to local middle
schools and nearby colleges
- Participate in community walk for cancer
- Volunteer at nearby hospital
- Interview faculty and staff at Coe College about a range
- Visit local religious groups
- Becoming involved with the Coe Writing Center
What student services or campus facilities
are available for ESL students?
ESL students may use all student services
and campus facilities available to regular Coe students.
- a beautiful library with computer labs
- an art gallery
- a video theatre and study space
- a 40M, 8-lane swimming pool with diving
- an indoor racquet center with tennis
- racquetball and squash courts
- running tracks
- weight room
- exercise machines
- rock climbing wall
- a theatre
- an International Student Advisor
- a tutoring service
- a very helpful Writing Center
Will I need to bring blankets?
No. You will receive a new set of sheets
and a pillowcase. We will help you find a reasonably priced
comforter (about $30) and pillow (about $5).
How can I make friends?
Students very often make friends with:
their roommates, their classmates, their conversation
partners, their host families, members of clubs they have
joined or started and even teachers. The more activities
that students take part in, the more friends they often
make. Students find the environment at Coe College very