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At the Political Crossroads, Proud But Open-Minded

by Qian - Posts (7). Posted Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 at 9:46 am

For international students who are studying abroad in the United States, doubtless one challenge is culture clash. However, for Chinese students, me included, there is another crucial one – political clash. Majoring in international relations, I have taken many courses that are related to Chinese politics. Tibet, Taiwan, human rights, freedom of speech and dictatorship […]

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New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Degrees You Can Earn in the US

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 at 4:34 pm

We recently added academic ranks and titles to the Glossary of Confusing Words, and had a request to add types of degrees as well.  Always happy to oblige! Here are the types of academic degrees you might encounter in U.S. higher education, and what each one means: Certificate – Recognition for completing a non-degree program.  […]

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The November Holiday You Haven’t Heard Of

by Sebastian - Posts (17). Posted Monday, November 28th, 2011 at 4:58 pm

As November is on its last couple of days, I would like to look back on what these past few weeks have left us international students, living in our surrogate home. Many of us Student Union bloggers will probably be talking about Thanksgiving, a truly American holiday, and I will too, but I believe there […]

My First Thanksgiving

by Nicholas Lau - Posts (6). Posted Monday, November 28th, 2011 at 2:39 pm

It has been around three months since I arrived in the United States, and I’m still always excited to experience new things, especially those exclusive to America, adding to my long list of firsts. Last week, my new first was celebrating Thanksgiving in the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina. On the beautiful Thanksgiving morning, […]

5 Weird Things That Happen on American Thanksgiving

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 at 6:46 pm

The fourth Thursday of November is the American holiday of Thanksgiving.  It’s one of America’s most deeply-held national traditions, and one that we love to show off to foreign students.  A day to eat good food in the company of loved ones and give thanks for what we have – what could be nicer? But […]

Are You Optimistic or Pessimistic About Financial Aid?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 at 12:49 pm

The New York Times’ “The Choice” blog has been holding a Q&A about financial aid, and we asked their financial aid expert (Mark Kantrowitz of finaid.org) whether he had any advice for international students. He gave a matter of fact (and not-so-rosy) picture of what foreign students can expect in terms of assistance: Before a […]

Dilemmas and Struggles From My Almost-One-Year in the States

by Thuy Pham - Posts (6). Posted Monday, November 21st, 2011 at 11:07 am

December 22, 2011 I landed in the land of the “American dream.” Since then, I have discovered tons of dilemmas about life in America. Here are some of the things I’ve struggled with during my almost one year in the States. The weather makes my nose run every morning LAX airport in California welcomed me […]

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Your Plan Next Week: Nov. 21-25

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, November 18th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

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 […]

Make the Most of These Campus Resources

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Thursday, November 17th, 2011 at 11:20 am

Have you ever thought what your university is most proud of? What is its most precious resource? You got it right – it is the accomplished professors teaching at your school who are the most valuable resource for students like you. They are here to empower you with knowledge, inspire you to pursue issues you […]

A Warning: Don’t Take Food For Granted

by Mohammed Al-Suraih - Posts (5). Posted Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 at 10:07 am

A few weeks before I was set to leave home and start over in Minnesota, I remember I was very depressed about leaving my family and friends. One thing I never thought about was food; how badly I would miss my mother’s dishes, and how food would be a huge part of my culture shock. […]

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One Opinion on American Food

by Sebastian - Posts (17). Posted Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 at 8:20 am

To be totally honest, I don’t think American food is bad. Back home I would eat pizza once a month – it was a special event and I loved each and every time I did it. Quality of pizza? Either the same or even better here. The same happens with a lot of different kind […]

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Number of Chinese Students in US Grows; More Undergraduates and Intensive English Learners

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 at 1:21 pm

The Institute of International Education has released its annual Open Doors report, which provides data on international students in the U.S.  (you might remember we talked about the report this time last year).  This year’s report covers the 2010/2011 school year and reveals some interesting trends in who’s studying in the U.S. and why. There’s […]

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Grad(e)ations of Culture

by Nareg Seferian - Posts (16). Posted Monday, November 14th, 2011 at 10:24 am

We have a student e-mail list at the graduate school I am attending. It gets all sorts of posts and threads (groups of posts and responses to them), from announcements of free food, to the buying and selling of goods and services, outings, events, academic questions and answers, news and video clips … the works. A […]

A Look Back at One of America’s Biggest Halloween Festivals

by Olena - Posts (4). Posted Monday, November 14th, 2011 at 10:20 am

What’s the most popular American holiday? Christmas? Thanksgiving? No way! Based on what I’ve observed for the past two years, I’d have to say that it’s Halloween for sure! Many people take Halloween very seriously here. They start preparing far in advance and spend lots of money on getting all the stuff they need to […]

Your Plan Next Week: Events Nov. 14-18

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, November 11th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

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 […]

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