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Top Colleges for Foreign Students

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 at 10:44 am

Finally! After complaining that previous rankings don’t take into account the differences for international students (and taking some time to create a ranking of our own), we’ve finally found a ranking specifically for foreign students. Newsweek has come up with a list of its top colleges for international students. Newsweek‘s top 10 schools for international […]

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Glossary of Confusing Words: End of Summer Treat

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, August 29th, 2011 at 5:50 pm

I wanted to do something a little different for the last Glossary post of the summer. We’ve defined a whole lot of words this summer (check the glossary tag to see all of them), and hopefully it has been useful and informative. But there was one word submitted that we couldn’t define – or rather, […]

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#my911: How the Sept. 11 Attacks Changed one Iranian’s Path to a US Education

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Thursday, August 25th, 2011 at 9:38 am

As part of VOA’s What’s Your 9/11? project, Sam from Iran shared this story about how the September 11th attacks influenced his plans to study in the U.S. It’s just one of many stories from young people and students around the world about the news events that have shaped a generation. Add yours and join […]

3 Truths and 3 Lies About Studying in New York City

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 at 1:37 pm

This post comes from friend-of-the-blog Jose Navarro, who studies at Berkeley College in New York and writes the very good Berkeley College Life blog.  He has been home in Spain for the summer, and shares some of the most common questions people back home have asked him about New York. These two months that I […]

Building Skills and Friends Through Language Exchange

by Chris Wong - Posts (9). Posted Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 at 9:34 am

This summer I was fortunate enough to spend a couple of months in Taipei, Taiwan studying Mandarin Chinese at the International Chinese Language Program. It was a great experience and probably one my best summers ever – meeting new people, exploring a new place, and really improving my Chinese through intensive study. Some of my […]

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New in the Glossary: Clearing out the Queue

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, August 22nd, 2011 at 8:43 pm

As our Glossary of Confusing Words winds down for the summer, I want to take care of all the words and phrases that are still waiting in the queue.  So if your word hasn’t been addressed yet, it will be in this hodgepodge, omnibus (two good words!) post. 1) What’s the correct preposition? …graduated secondary […]

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What’s Your 9/11? Join the Global Community Sharing Life-Changing Stories

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, August 19th, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Everyone has had in their life that one moment that will be forever imprinted on their memory, and that breaks their personal story into a before and after. For many Americans, including myself, it happened on September 11, 2001. As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, we want to gather and share stories of those […]

What to Pack for Your First Trip to the United States

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, August 18th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

In anticipation of the start of the new school year, bloggers from across the internet are sharing their tips for coming to the U.S. for the first time, and a lot of them are talking specifically about what to pack in your suitcases: – Make sure you know the weight limit for checked bags on […]

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Write for the Student Union!

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, August 17th, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Don’t forget, if you currently study in the U.S. or are applying to study in the U.S., we’re looking for new bloggers to join our returning writers for the coming school year. If you are fluent in English, creative, insightful and not shy about talking about your life (even the embarrassing parts), we want you […]

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Side by Side Comparison: Top 10 Cheapest Colleges for Foreign v US Students

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 at 10:29 am

The U.S. Department of Education recently launched a great new website, the College Affordability and Transparency Center, designed to help students get information about the cost of an undergraduate college education. One of the neatest features is a little tool that lets you look at lists of institutions with the highest/lowest tuition and highest/lowest net […]

New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: What’s Up

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, August 15th, 2011 at 9:44 am

Just to let you all know, the regular Monday Glossary of Confusing Words posts are a summer feature, for while our bloggers are on vacation.  We’ll keep doing it for a couple more weeks and then go on hiatus for a while, so get your words in now.  If we don’t get to your word, […]

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A Plan to Overcome the Challenges (External and Internal): Homayoon’s Story

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Friday, August 12th, 2011 at 9:46 am

A few months ago, Homayoon wrote on our Facebook page: Despite past disappointments, Homayoon says he will try again to achieve a higher TOEFL score and apply for scholarships. He writes in with this explanation of why he hopes to study in the U.S., the challenges he has faced, and what he plans to do […]

How Did You Prepare to Apply for Scholarships?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, August 11th, 2011 at 10:53 am

This week we’ve been answering questions submitted by Homayoon (see question 1 and question 2). His final question was about scholarships. Homayoon has shared in the past that this has been his greatest struggle when it comes to pursuing a degree in the U.S., saying: I recommend that everyone who wish to study at U.S, […]

The First Stages of Planning for a US Education

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, August 10th, 2011 at 10:28 am

Yesterday we shared Homayoon’s first question, which was about the biggest obstacles to studying in the U.S. His second question was: When you planned to get your Master Degree in U.S, UK, or Australia, How do you planned? What have you done as a first thing? We’ve actually covered this very topic in a previous […]

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Biggest Obstacles to Studying in America

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 at 10:22 am

Our friend Homayoon has told us in the past that he hopes to study in the U.S. but worries “my dream to study in U.S will never, ever become true.” But, far from giving up, Homayoon was in touch recently to ask a few questions, which are worth sharing because they’re probably fairly common. Our […]

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