Academic Support and Preparation

In addition to the knowledge and skills gained through their graduate study, UChicago students have access to a wide array of programs and services designed to enhance their education and prepare them for success in their future careers. Whether it's improving public speaking or networking skills, refining your writing, or developing your teaching practices, these opportunities to sharpen your skills will serve you well in any career path.

Academic Skills

Writing Program

UChicago's Writing Program offers courses and consulting, as well as employing many graduate students as tutors, interns, and lectors.

Academic Skills Assessment Program (ASAP)

Available to all students, the Student Counseling Center (SCS) offers the Academic Skills Assessment Program (ASAP), which includes information and workshops on topics such as time management, procrastination, adapting to the quarter system, and more. The SCS also holds various group sessions organized around topics such as relationships or stress—many geared specifically towards graduate students at different stages of their programs. They also offer drop-in hours and couples counseling in addition to individual appointments.

English Language Institute

The English Language Institute (ELI) provides a range of programming for international students and postdocs focusing on English for academic and professional purposes. The ELI offers a 3-week intensive Academic English Pre-Matriculation Program (AEPP) in the summer and a variety of courses throughout the academic year to strengthen pronunciation, spontaneous speaking and academic writing.


UChicagoGRAD offers a wide range of programs, services, and events specifically tailored to the needs of graduate students. Home to the primary career services office for graduate students at UChicago, UChicagoGRAD also hosts program series like Frugal Grad, Communication and Networking, Master's Mondays, mock interviews and much more, including the Family Resource Center, designed for student parents. Look for the Grad Gargoyle symbol which marks offerings especially for graduate students. Below are a few of their many programs:

Grad Guide Weekly

Grad Guide Weekly is an indispensible resource for graduate students to find information about offerings across campus. Emailed every Thursday, GGW provides details about campus speakers, career workshops, fellowship deadlines, teacher trainings, social events, and more.


GRADUCon and GRADFair are the University’s annual career conferences for graduate students. The events feature distinguished guest speakers and panelists, workshops, informal networking sessions, and interview and recruitment opportunities.