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Finland #1 in College Accessibility, Affordability

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Saturday, October 30th, 2010 at 10:45 am

A new study ranks countries in terms of how accessible and how affordable higher education is.  Finland came out on top in both categories.  The U.S. came in 12th in affordability and 4th in accessibility (via The Chronicle of Higher Education).

Smooth Transitions…

by Senzeni - Posts (12). Posted Friday, October 29th, 2010 at 2:01 pm

“Hi. My name is Senzeni.” I stretched my hand expectantly towards the tall bespectacled Brazilian freshman on my right. Instead of taking it and shaking it profusely as I expected, he gasped and  stared at me incredulously. “You ARE Senzeni?” he asked, his question punctuated with a thousand exclamation marks. “Are you the Senzeni from […]

China’s ‘Substitute Test Taker’ Industry

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, October 28th, 2010 at 11:16 am

China Geeks translates an article from Southern Weekend about the “substitute test takers” industry in China.  Apparently, there is a sizable market for students who want to pay someone to take their TOEFL, IELTS or other standardized exams for them. Is anyone from China aware of this and able to tell us about their experiences?  […]

African Students See Few Incentives to Return Home

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, October 28th, 2010 at 6:26 am

CNN reports on how African students in the U.S. view their return home after graduation.  According to the article, Africans who study abroad have a difficult time returning home after their studies because they see fewer job opportunities on the continent.

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On Colours of Aluminium Armour, or Why I Refuse to AmericaniSe my Spelling

by Nareg Seferian - Posts (16). Posted Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 at 7:53 am

I have been in America for three years now. This time has meant a lot to me. I have learnt many things, I have grown and changed in many ways. But there is one change which I refuse to make. It isn’t quite philosophical, nor technical, conditional, or circumstantial, although it is a little bit […]

Finally Meeting in Person

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 at 6:08 am

The funny thing about this blog is that even though we all work together and talk somewhat frequently, with everyone spread all over the U.S. we actually haven’t gotten a chance to meet each other.  Happily, we changed that in a small way on Tuesday when Chris, Roua and Alex came by VOA for a […]

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Advice: Applying to Exchange and Study Abroad Programs

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 at 9:04 am

When you’re looking into applying to the U.S., should you apply for specific sponsor programs like the Fulbright Program, or is it better to go it alone and find other sources of financial aid?  If you do want to apply to one of these programs, what will it take to get accepted? Our bloggers have […]

A Personal Take on “Americanization”

by Hau Hoang - Posts (6). Posted Monday, October 25th, 2010 at 10:46 am

Setting down my heavy, chock-full plate, I took off my jacket and sat down next to Chen, my friend from China. As usual, she was enjoying a wok dish of fried noodles with chicken and vegetables. I watched as she turned to look at my plate and, in a mocking tone, uttered her latest discovery: […]

Are American Students Ruder?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Saturday, October 23rd, 2010 at 11:26 am

Our bloggers have looked at a lot of things you’ll find different about American culture, but here’s a new one. A study shows that American informality leads to more bad behavior in the classroom, according to Times Higher Education.  Do you agree that Americans are ruder to their teachers than students elsewhere?

The Student Union is…

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Saturday, October 23rd, 2010 at 6:00 am

A place to hear stories about studying in the U.S.  Our bloggers have come from all over the world to U.S. universities, and they’ll be sharing their experiences, advice and more. A place to connect with other current and prospective international students.  For even more discussion and interaction, find us on Facebook and Twitter. A […]

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How to Enjoy the Headmaster’s Holiday

by Farima Afaq - Posts (7). Posted Friday, October 22nd, 2010 at 9:59 am

“Headmaster’s Holiday tomorrow!” Somebody yelled and ran down the hallway. I listened to her while reading the last passages of my biology homework which was almost done. I quickly went to check my email to make sure of what I have just heard. Yes! There is a holiday tomorrow. I cheered up.  Headmaster’s Holiday is […]

Homesickness. Literally.

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, October 21st, 2010 at 4:43 pm

The Kansan (the University of Kansas student newspaper) compares the experiences of three international students who had very different reactions to arriving in Lawrence, Kansas.  One was so overwhelmed with homesickness and stress he made himself ill. Our very own Sebastian also attends the University of Kansas and wrote about how he adjusted to life […]

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Study Abroad Attracts “Average” Students

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, October 21st, 2010 at 12:07 pm

According to China Daily, more “average” Chinese students (as in, not wealthy or very high-achieving) are studying abroad at English-speaking universities, seeking out community colleges and technical schools rather than elite universities.

You Can Sleep When You’re Dead: Keeping the School/Life Balance

by Chris Wong - Posts (9). Posted Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 at 7:09 am

I sometimes think of my graduate program at George Washington University as a rite of passage.  It helps keep me motivated through those 12 hour days in the library, when I worry that I’m wasting the prime years of my life cooped-up in books. I remember what my political science professor said on our first […]

The Benefits of Bilingualism

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

For many people, coming to study in the U.S. means learning to speak English fluently.  That’s arguably an advantage for your future career, but an article in Discovery News says it’s also an advantage for the way you think – bilingual people have better cognitive function, according to the article. Speaking of learning new languages, […]

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