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Studying in the U.S. is Easier…or Maybe Just Different

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, June 9th, 2011 at 12:29 pm

On Tuesday we shared Ebrahim’s story of coming to the U.S. to complete his civil engineering degree.  In the interview, he talked about how he found it easier to complete his degree in America than back home in his native Kuwait.  The comment has sparked a debate over on, an online community for Malaysia. […]

Is the US Still the Preferred Destination for International Students?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 at 10:38 am

This chart comes from a new Institute of International Education (IIE) survey measuring how prospective students view different study abroad locations.  According to their data, the U.S. is viewed as having the most diverse, highest quality and most welcoming educational system … as well as the highest tuition and most complex visa procedures.

Coming to America to Get the Degree: Ebrahim’s Story

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 at 10:43 am

A few months ago (yes, months – sorry for the delay), Ebrahim Alattar posted on our Facebook wall offering to share his experience coming from Kuwait to study civil engineering in the U.S.  Since we love to learn from others, we took him up on his offer, and asked him your questions…and some of our […]

Will Improvements in Education Encourage Students to Study at Home?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, June 6th, 2011 at 10:13 am

I wanted to share this response to our Don’t Study in the U.S. series from a few weeks ago, in which we discussed some of the pros and cons of coming to America for higher education.  Ting replied in the comments: Studying abroad has been considered as the best option amongst parents thinking their kids […]

New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Effect/Affect, Story/History

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, June 3rd, 2011 at 10:02 am

Another update to our Glossary of Confusing Words. This time we have two pairs of words, and some explanation about how to tell the difference between them. 1) Effect/Affect There are a lot of English words that even confuse native English speakers, and effect/affect is a great example. The most common way they are distinguished […]

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Waste of Resources: Ferran’s Impressions

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 at 10:48 am

This post comes from our sister blog, Comité de Estudiantes, and has been translated from its original Spanish. Blogger Ferran Masip-Valls talks about one of the things he has found most different, and disconcerting, about the U.S. The United States is crazy. New York rent, by law, includes water and heating, which are the responsibilities […]

State Dept. Launches New J-1 Visa Website

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 at 11:28 am

The State Department today launched a new website dedicated to providing information on J-1 visas.  J-1 visas apply to exchange programs and must be sponsored through an established exchange visitor program.  They’re used in many different scenarios, but one common one is for summer work travel programs in the U.S. If you’re confused about all […]

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