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Meet Mohammed, an Iraqi Pre-Med Student in Minnesota

by Mohammed Al-Suraih - Posts (5). Posted Friday, September 30th, 2011 at 9:03 am

Name: Mohammed Al-Suraih Home Country: Iraq School: The College of St. Scholastica Year: 2013 Major: Biochemistry/Pre-Med track Why did you decide to study in the US? I have always wanted to make it to the States since I was little kid. It was like a promise that I made to myself that I should come […]

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Who Else is Joining the Fun?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, September 29th, 2011 at 9:47 am

We’re not the only ones on the interwebs talking about what it’s like to be an international student in the U.S. (although obviously we think we’re the best!). If you want to get even more perspectives, check out some of these blogs by current and former foreign students. Berkeley College Life José Navarro from Spain […]

On the Importance of Having Realistic Expectations, or Welcome to America!!!

by Olena - Posts (4). Posted Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 at 9:36 am

“America is a dream country full of great opportunities!” This is what many of you have probably heard from all sorts of people around you. It’s really amazing how eagerly some people make judgments about things and events they have very little understanding of. And how eagerly we, in turn, are inclined to believe whatever […]

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Advice from Admissions Experts on Strengthening Your Application

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 at 9:30 am

US News and World Report recently asked college admissions experts to answer the question: “What are some tips for international students to keep in mind and how are they evaluated compared to U.S. students?”  And they came away with  some useful advice for prospective international students on how to get accepted to U.S. schools. The […]

American Culture: Out of the Movies and into Daily Reality

by Cristiana - Posts (3). Posted Monday, September 26th, 2011 at 9:35 am

While I was watching American shows and movies on Romanian television, the décor  around me became surprisingly similar to that on the screen. The small colored houses, with ducks and chicken raised in the backyards, were replaced by large, beige homes with perfectly cut grass, bird feeders and playful pets. The gray, block, low-rise buildings […]

Meet Tara (Again), Graduate Student from China and Fashionista

by Tara - Posts (11). Posted Friday, September 23rd, 2011 at 9:23 am

Name: Tara Cheng (天天 is my Chinese name) Home Country: China School: University of Southern California Year: Graduate Student, Class of 2012 Major: Communication What’s one thing you like better about the US than your home country so far? People give a better respect on privacy and individuality of others than Chinese do. What’s one […]

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Meet Sebastian (Again), a Junior from Bolivia and a Kansas Jayhawk

by Sebastian - Posts (17). Posted Friday, September 23rd, 2011 at 8:28 am

Name: Sebastian Sanchez Deuer Home Country: Bolivia School: University of Kansas Year: Junior Major: Economics Why did you decide to study in the US? I was motivated by the pursuit of quality higher education and the priceless experience of living abroad in a different environment. What book, movie or TV show do you think most […]

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Meet Anna, a Russian Student at Mount Holyoke College

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 at 9:36 am

Name: Anna Home Country: Russia School: Mount Holyoke College Year: 2014 Major: Economics and International Relations What three words do you think your friends would use to describe you? What three words would you use to describe you? My friends would describe me as independent, ambitious and hard-working. I would describe myself as career-oriented, determined […]

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Meet Ryan, a Television Major from Indonesia

by Ryan - Posts (2). Posted Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 at 9:32 am

Name: Ryan Rinaldy Home Country: Indonesia School: Montgomery College Year: Freshman Major: Television Why did you decide to study in the US? My father was assigned to work in D.C. So I decided to move with my family and search for schools here. I’ve always wanted to study film in the U.S., too bad it’s […]

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Meet Thuy, a Business Student from Vietnam

by Thuy Pham - Posts (6). Posted Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 at 9:24 am

Name: Thuy Pham Home Country: Vietnam School: California State University Fullerton Year: Class of 2013 Major: MBA, International Business Why did you decide to study in the US? I have never been to US and what I perceived of the freedom of an American multinational culture (lifestyle, education, entertainments…) made me curious and challenged to […]

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Meet Simba, a Zimbabwean at Oberlin College

by Simbarashe - Posts (7). Posted Monday, September 19th, 2011 at 11:26 am

Name: Simbarashe Runyowa (Simba) Home Country: Zimbabwe School: Oberlin College Year: Freshman Major: Undecided Why did you decide to study in the US? I decided to study in the US because of the diversity of options in the liberal arts curriculum. Because I was interested in a variety of fields and disciplines, I felt like […]

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It’s Time to Meet Our New Writers!

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, September 19th, 2011 at 11:24 am

As promised, we have lots of new writers joining us this school year to tell you all about their lives as international students in the U.S.  And this week you’ll finally get to meet them! I was able to get them all to answer a few questions about themselves (which are by turns funny, interesting […]

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Becoming the Facebook Generation: What Defines Us?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, September 15th, 2011 at 9:42 am

With the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks came the predictable flurry of “where were you when” stories – seemingly everyone has one, and with good reason. 9/11 was surely one of those defining events that changes the way people look at the world and at their fellow human beings. And the decade anniversary got […]

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International Student Orientations Around the World

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Schools around the world are welcoming international students to their campuses, and posting the photos on Flickr to prove it. Check out some international student orientations around the world, courtesy of this slideshow, showing image results for the search “international student orientation.”

It’s Rankings Season – Top Colleges in the US and the World

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Welcome to the fall. It’s not only the start of college classes, but also typically marks the release of major college rankings. As we’ve discussed before, rankings are controversial, and each methodology has strengths and weaknesses. Rather than make a big deal about each new ranking, we’re just going to link you to two of […]

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