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Waiting for that Admissions Letter?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, March 31st, 2011 at 11:48 am

Are you waiting to receive that admissions letter from your first-choice school? Here’s some advice from our bloggers on how to stay calm, and why a rejection isn’t the end of the world. Jaime Bellemare I remember waiting to hear back from New York University (NYU). I applied early decision and was set on living […]

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Another Myth Dispelled: Americans Don’t Have to Worry About Paying for Education

by Sadia Sikander Awan - Posts (2). Posted Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 at 9:28 am

Before coming to the U.S., I had the myth in my mind that American students are all rich financially and can afford a college education very easily. Or if American students are unable to pay their fee then having an American nationality solves all their problems and government provides them free education. I also thought […]

Got Your Acceptance – Now What?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 at 10:02 am

If you’re applying to study in the U.S., you’ve probably been worrying about whether or not you’ll get that acceptance letter in the mail.  Once you do, you’ll have a whole new set of things to worry about, including decisions like where to live and with whom. Al-Jamiat has been offering some advice on how […]

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How to Speak English Fluently?

by Hau Hoang - Posts (6). Posted Monday, March 28th, 2011 at 10:55 am

The most popular question I get from my friends in Vietnam is how to speak English fluently and correctly. I realize that it is a aching question that not just my friends, but also learners of this global language are trying to answer. In my case, even though I was taught English since the beginning […]

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A New Start: Nawroz in Afghanistan and America

by Farima Afaq - Posts (7). Posted Friday, March 25th, 2011 at 10:26 am

The new year in Afghanistan is called Nawroz (sometimes spelled Nowruz or Nawruz in English). The first day of the Afghan month Hamal, which falls on the 21st of March, was the first day of the new year in Afghanistan and some other countries. This day is considered one of the biggest holidays of the […]

Quotas, SATs and Other Misconceptions

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, March 24th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

China Daily “Big Talk” interviewed two representatives from EducationUSA, who gave some useful advice for prospective students.  In particular, they addressed misconceptions that many Chinese students have about studying in the US.  The video is on their website, but here are some highlights: Misconception: Chinese students can only apply to certain types of universities One […]

Adding to the Glossary: Institute, Underway

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, March 24th, 2011 at 10:29 am

New submissions for our Glossary of Confusing Words!  This week we’re defining “institute” and “underway.” Unfortunately the people who suggested these terms didn’t leave their email addresses, so we can’t thank them personally, but they’ll know who they are, so here’s a public thank you to them.  Anonymous suggestions are still welcome suggestions. 1) Institute […]

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Tips for a Successful Summer Break

by Chris Wong - Posts (9). Posted Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 at 9:27 am

It’s a little crazy that my spring break ended just a couple days ago, but already the end of the semester is only a few weeks away. By the end of April, I’ll have finished all of my regular classes and will only have a couple of final papers left to turn in. I’ll be […]

How Tri-Valley University Happened

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 at 5:44 pm

For anyone who has been following the case of Tri-Valley University, The Chronicle of Higher Education has an in depth report on how a so-called “sham university” managed to get on the list of SEVIS-approved schools…and whether other schools in the U.S. may also be operating on the fringes of the law: Other colleges—most of […]

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A Response to ‘that Video’

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 at 3:54 pm

You may have heard about or seen the YouTube video of a UCLA student mocking Asian students on her campus.  I won’t post it here, but you can find it easily enough.  Inside Higher Ed looks at what the video might indicate about how Asians are treated on campus, and how racism against Asians differs […]

Surreal Road-tripping in Sin-sational Las Vegas

by Nareg Seferian - Posts (16). Posted Monday, March 21st, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Las Vegas. It’s the sort of place which has been portrayed in mythical terms in the movies and on television to such a scale that it seems impossible to think of it as a real place, an actual city where people live and work. I had been meaning to take a trip there for a […]

More Confusing Terms for the Glossary: University, Associate’s Degree

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, March 18th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Last week we started a glossary of confusing terms you might encounter when applying to U.S. colleges. We defined the word “college,” which has a very different meaning in the U.S. than in most other English-speaking countries, as well as the words “community college,” “bachelor’s degree,” and more. » Visit the Glossary We also asked […]

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March Madness Hits University of Kansas

by Sebastian - Posts (17). Posted Friday, March 18th, 2011 at 10:02 am

If you are a college student in the U.S., international or American, there are two things in March that create a hiatus in academic life. The first is spring break, which is usually a well-deserved week-long break after the dreaded midterms. And it’s usually about that time that the second – “March Madness” – starts. […]

Two Fun English Learning Games

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, March 17th, 2011 at 11:12 am

Two fun online games to help you improve your English that we’ve stumbled across this week: 1) Knoword – a vocabulary and spelling game. The computer gives you a definition and the first letter, and you type in the word.  You can also switch between American English and British/Canadian English.  Thanks to the QI elves […]

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‘I really just want them to run away’: Kana’s Story Part 2

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Earlier today we shared an email from Japanese student Kana Igarashi, who attends Santa Monica College in California.  She told us about her mother, who is in Fukushima Prefecture, one of the areas hit hard by the earthquake and tsunami, and the site of the nuclear plants that are in danger.  Kana’s father, grandparents and […]

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