LAS 100: College Success for International Students

A group of international students on the steps of Foellinger AuditoriumLAS 100: Success in LAS for International Students will help you succeed at Illinois. This course supports international students as they transition to a new culture and education system. 

In LAS 100, you will:

  • Examine your expectations for college life in the U.S.
  • Explore the purposes and values of the higher education experience from U.S. perspectives
  • Investigate critical learning skills regarding your academic program
  • Increase your understanding of your social identity through engaging with topics on social justice
  • Consider your leadership role in addressing global social challenges
  • Plan for your personal, academic, and professional development throughout your undergraduate career

LAS 100 is designed for incoming international students and serves as a complement to LAS 101/102/122 (for all LAS incoming students). Therefore, students new (or relatively new) to the U.S. higher education system should enroll in both LAS 100 and LAS 101/102/122. 

2 credit hours. Meets weekly the first eight weeks of the semester. Restricted to new LAS international students.


"LAS 100 meant more than a class getting international students ready for the college life. I learned how to appreciate different cultures, to seek out the meaning of education, and to step out of my comfort zone. I sincerely appreciate the course director, instructors, facilitators, interns and my peers who made LAS 100 one of my favorite classes."


LAS 100 Course Instructor

Nikia Brown

Nikia BrownNikia Brown is a Philadelphia native with an unyielding passion for people and places. Growing up in a Caribbean household, kindled within her a strong desire to build bridges between people of diverse cultures. After teaching English as a second language in South Korea, she obtained her first master’s degree in sociology at Sungkyunkwan University where she researched the identity negotiation of youth born to multicultural families. Upon her return to the States, she worked in youth development and civic engagement and completed a subsequent master’s degree in intercultural and international communication at The American University School of International Service in Washington, D.C. In Nikia's current role as the Associate Director for Intercultural and Global Learning – International Student Experience, she supports international students in their transition to Illinois and develops intercultural programs for domestic and international students at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. In addition to being a travel enthusiast, she is passionate about creating platforms that enable individuals to become agents of their own change

LAS 100 Teaching Assistant

Jisoo Youn

Jisoo YounJisoo Youn is a Ph.D. student in the Counseling Psychology program here at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She was born and raised in Seoul, Korea and has a younger sister, who is also her best friend. Growing up, Jisoo and her sister shared all the details of their days at night. Through these nights, Jisoo could learn the healing power of sharing emotions, which led her to decide to be a counseling psychologist. Through her research, she developed a goal to learn more about how parents/caregivers can help their adolescents feel more comfortable during their course of career development. Particularly, she wants to explore more about cultural differences in parental effects on youths’ career development. Besides clinical practice and research, she loves to practice badminton rally with her family (with the longest record of 146 shots with her father) and go grocery shopping.

Former LAS 100 Teaching Assistant

HyeJin Tina Yeo

HyeJin Tina YeoHyeJin Tina Yeo is a strong Korean woman, a trustworthy first daughter and sister, an equity-minded educator, a practice-oriented researcher, and a sincere Buddhist. She earned her Ph.D., in Higher Education in the Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests are motivated by the exploration of equity, diversity and inclusion in educational access and success of minoritized and unrepresented students. Currently, she has investigated campus climates, racial experience, and racial identity formation of international students of color. She plans to take an active role in researching, teaching and mentoring to create a local culture of inclusion and diversity, but also to foster a global change of higher education towards a more equitable, inclusive, and just system of learning and societal change. She tries to meditate every day. She loves watching a documentary about history, space, war and cold cases. 

LAS 100 Student Interns

Jasmine LiaoJasmine Liao 

I am a junior and my major is actuarial science. I have been an intern for this course since fall 2019. In my free time, I love to play puzzles and listen to music. Recently, I am into aerial yoga! I hope we could make some beautiful memories together this year! 



Zhengde LiuZhengde Liu

I am a sophomore student who took LAS 100 during the 2019 Fall semester. I am majoring in molecular and cellular biology. I like to watch movies when I have free time. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions!



Jinglun GaoJinglun Gao

I am a junior and I'm majoring in mathematics and statistics. Before I finish my college career, I really hope to have the opportunity to help more students who just enter college. Enjoy your courses and feel free to ask me anything!



Bhavya PardasaniBhavya Pardasani

I am a sophomore majoring in astronomy. I took LAS 100 in Fall 2019 and will be your intern for the Fall 2020 semester. I aim to guide incoming students to learn from and with students from all over the world. Writing poems is my passion and watching Asian dramas is one of my favorite pastimes. Hope to have an awesome time throughout the course!