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Finding the Net Cost of College

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, October 31st, 2011 at 12:16 pm

All U.S. universities are now required to provide net cost calculators on their website, which estimate what a prospective student can expect to pay using estimates of total cost and potential financial aid. But, here’s your friendly reminder that (like the Department of Education’s net cost lists) this tool is not optimized for international students. […]

Your Plan Next Week: Events Oct. 30-Nov. 5

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, October 28th, 2011 at 10:40 am

We’re searching the web to find webinars and other online events of interest to prospective international students.  Check here each Friday to find out what’s coming up in the next week. Your end of the bargain? If you attend, report back and let us know what you learned! (Use the comments, the Facebook page or just […]

Watch it Again: Live Chat on Studying in the US

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, October 27th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I had the great pleasure today to join VOA Learning English for a live video chat about studying in the U.S. A lot of you submitted questions in advance on Facebook, and we took some Skype calls during the chat as well. It was a great time and we covered a lot of topics, including […]

Looking at the Beauty of America Beyond LA and New York

by Nicholas Lau - Posts (6). Posted Thursday, October 27th, 2011 at 9:09 am

Back and energized from an amazing fall break! With a busy college term and constant assignments all leading up to midterms, it was great to finally get a break. Although the vacation was short, it was a much-needed time to rest and get away from the routine of books and college activities. I was fortunate […]

How Old is Too Old to Start College?

by Ryan - Posts (2). Posted Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 at 9:01 am

When I look back to earlier this year at my decision to go to the U.S., I remember how scary it was.  I was dropping my studies in my own country, Indonesia, to enroll at a college in America, and I had many worries before making this decision.  Questions suddenly rushed into my mind: Am […]

New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Academic Titles and Ranks

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, October 25th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

We received this request to our Glossary of Confusing Words: I need to know about the academic title in a University, from bottom to top Academic titles are truly some of the most confusing things out there.  Trying to define the difference between, say, an associate professor and a full professor can get fairly technical […]

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Why a School-full of Americans Now Know About Nepal (SHARING is CARING!)

by Abhushan Gautam - Posts (2). Posted Sunday, October 23rd, 2011 at 3:05 pm

“Namaste! I am Abhushan and I am from Nepal.” “Really? Have you ever climbed Mt. Everest?” “Do you live in the mountains?” “Do you pet Yetis back in Nepal?” “Yes, I am from Nepal.” “No I haven’t climbed Mt. Everest because it is at a whopping altitude of 8850 meters.” “I live in a big […]

Your Plan Next Week

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, October 21st, 2011 at 12:43 pm

There have been more and more free online webinars and college fairs popping up on the internet recently.  We’ve shared a few on the Facebook page, but I want to try out sharing them here as well. The idea: To post each Friday about the online events we know of coming up the next week.  […]

Turning Winter to Summer in Ithaca

by Summer - Posts (3). Posted Thursday, October 20th, 2011 at 8:52 am

I was told an anecdote about Cornell when I first came here. People say there are four seasons in Ithaca: Orientation week, pre-winter, winter, and post-winter. By now I think I understand what they mean. Ithaca is gorgeous, and Cornell is definitely the most beautiful school that I have ever seen. The days before school […]

Is Occupy Wall Street Reviving Political Engagement?

by Sebastian - Posts (17). Posted Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 at 9:29 am

In a college town where around a third of the population is university students, the weekend of fall break was probably not the best time to start the spark of protest in Lawrence, Kansas. But on Saturday October 8, Occupy Lawrence , a local group of people imitating and supporting the movement in New York […]

Top 5 Ways Academics in the US are Different

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Mohammed’s post yesterday about the amount of coursework assigned in American classes got me thinking about some other differences about studying in the States. Here are 5 of the biggest academic adjustments you might face, based on what I’ve heard students talk about: 1) Assignments are due throughout the semester As Mohammed warned, course grades […]

Are you Competitive Enough to Make it in America?

by Mohammed Al-Suraih - Posts (5). Posted Monday, October 17th, 2011 at 8:47 am

There is an undeniable excitement about coming to study in the States – one reason why some international students do it – but it’s not all excitement. Yes, it is America. Yes, it is the land of freedom. Yes, it’s the place where different cultures clash…and live together in peace. However, you guys might agree […]

New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Doctor, Ph.D.

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, October 14th, 2011 at 1:09 pm

If you’re new to the blog, the Glossary of Confusing Words is where we help de-mystify some of the odd or baffling words you’ll see when researching or applying to American schools. You submit words that you’ve come across and struggled with, and we define them on the blog. Today the Glossary returns with a […]

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What Does it Mean to ‘Be American’ as a Chinese Student?

by Qian - Posts (7). Posted Thursday, October 13th, 2011 at 9:05 am

I’m Chinese, but kinda American. Since August 16, 2008, the day I arrived in the United States, I have been asked thousands of times, “Where are you from?” For most Chinese students studying abroad, the automatic answer would be, “Yea, China of course!” However, for some, it is not as simple as the nationality presented […]

New Websites Walk You Through Application Steps

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 at 4:21 pm

If you’ve been looking on U.S. government websites for information about how to study in America, but finding it confusing, two new websites are trying to help. 1) Study in the States The Department of Homeland Security launched its Study in the States website this summer to streamline information about the visa process, including forms […]

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