TSA: 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 29-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 courses will I take in the Fall Term?
A. Oral Presentation in Multicultural
Studies: This seminar (with about 8-9 students)
is taught by ESL instructors for students at any level,
with opportunities to improve fluency in extended discourse,
use appropriate grammatical structures in communication,
and participate effectively in discussions. Topics in
international relations, gender, race and ethnicity will
be explored. (3 days a week - ESL credit)
B. Rhetoric: Midwest American
Taught by a Coe professor in the Rhetoric department,
this is a reading, writing and discussion. TSA students
will study with US students from the Writing Center.
(2 days a week - Coe credit - 20% local students)
C. Academic Reading/Writing
Workshop in Multicultural Studies: an academic
writing class in which students will gather information,
write in several rhetorical forms, document sources, use
the Coe Writing Center, compile a portfolio and contribute
to a program magazine. Students will read fairly extensively
on topics of race, class, ethnicity, gender and national
identity. Some American students will participate in this
class as writing and discussion partners. Each class will
have 9-10 students (3 days a week - Coe credit)
D. Core Communication &
Cultural Class (TSA Seminar): Students will
analyze their interactive cultural experiences throughout
the year as well as study and participate in American
academic culture; visiting classes, planning an academic
schedule, and getting support.
What will I take in the Spring Term?
In the Spring, you will have several
- Based on your academic performance
in the Fall, you may register for 3 credit classes in
the Spring Term.
- Partial credit courses in sports
and music are available.
- An ESL support course may be available
to help you with 1 of your classes.
- Students needing more writing will
take a Spring section of Reading/Writing Workshop.
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.)