International students who serve as Teaching Assistants (TA) or Teaching Fellows (TF) might encounter unique challenges in their roles. Despite these potential challenges, we at the Center for Teaching Excellence believe that, with time and support, all international TA/TFs have the potential to contribute in meaningful ways to student learning at Boston College.
In the resources on the following pages, we give a brief overview of Boston College students, U.S. classrooms, and the roles that TA/TFs play. We also highlight some potential challenges you may encounter, with hands-on suggestions for coping strategies. Moreover, we introduce a variety of programs and services available at the Center for Teaching Excellence to address different needs specific to teaching, as well as provide links to regulations and policies implemented by other offices at Boston College.