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New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: University Catalog

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, April 30th, 2012 at 1:36 pm

International student advisor Megan wrote to our Glossary of Confusing Words to suggest the following: I’m an international student advisor, and I’ve noticed that new students generally have no idea what a university catalog is. This would be a great addition to your glossary! We asked our current bloggers, and even they were unsure what […]

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Events for International Students: April 30-May 4

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, April 27th, 2012 at 10:45 am

You know what they say, “When it rains it pours.” Well, they also say, “From feast to famine.” After last week’s overwhelming roster of online events, there’s precious little to share this week. But we did what we could! As always, if you attend any of these events, report back and let us know what […]

How Admissions Rates for International Students Compare

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, April 27th, 2012 at 10:10 am

We were lamenting just last week that it’s difficult to find statistics on acceptance rates for international applicants at American universities, and the New York Times must have heard our cries.  This week they published international admissions statistics for 8 U.S. universities.  You can take a look at the numbers on their India Ink blog.

On Being an African in the US: Your Responses

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Simba’s impassioned post yesterday (On Being an African in the US: Navigating an Endless Web of Stereotypes) has generated a lot of discussion around the impact of negative stereotypes, and how to begin to change them. It was clear that Simba wasn’t alone in encountering negative stereotypes while living overseas – and that America isn’t […]

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On Being an African in the US: Navigating an Endless Web of Stereotypes

by Simbarashe - Posts (7). Posted Monday, April 23rd, 2012 at 5:16 am

During my first week in the United States, I went to lunch with a group of American students to whom I had just been introduced. Pleasantries were being exchanged around the room, as was some great food and conversation. Everyone was immersed in those typical introductory conversations that revolve around hometowns, majors, dorm choices and […]

Events for International Students: April 23-27

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, April 20th, 2012 at 10:47 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.  This coming week is a particularly packed one for webinars and college fairs! Your end of the bargain? If you attend, report back and […]

Need-Blind, but Qualification-Sensitive

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, April 19th, 2012 at 5:31 pm

There are currently 6 universities and colleges in America that offer need-blind admissions and full-need financial aid – that means they don’t consider financial need when deciding whether to admit their undergraduates, and will give admitted students enough financial aid to meet their need. [Read about different types of financial aid] Those schools are: Massachusetts […]

How Young African Leaders Are Changing The Narrative (or, Do Africans Live in the Forest?)

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 at 5:08 pm

America is a country where you can find incredible diversity, but also racial and cultural prejudices.  In their time as international students, our bloggers have confronted stereotypes about their own country and had their own preconceptions about other countries challenged. Like we did last year, and earlier this year, a bunch of us hopped on […]

Where to Find Out Who Got Into College This Year

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Well, admissions decisions have been out for a few weeks, and apparently they were more competitive this year than ever before.  But just how competitive, and what does it mean for someone hoping to apply in the next few years? The New York Times has compiled a list of this year’s admissions statistics for some […]

American Friends Don’t Criticize (And Other Thoughts on How Friendship Differs in China and the US)

by Dandan - Posts (11). Posted Monday, April 16th, 2012 at 10:33 am

We’ve talked a lot about why Chinese and American students often don’t form close relationships on campus.  We’ve asked whether one side or the other is to blame, which cultural differences might have an impact, and even whether the admissions process has a role to play in improving relationships. Dandan, who is from China and […]

Events for International Students: April 16-21

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, April 13th, 2012 at 6:23 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 […]

Two Chinese Students Killed at USC

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, April 12th, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Two Chinese graduate students at the University of Southern California were shot and killed Wednesday, in what CBS reports appeared to be an attempted carjacking. Hundreds of students turned out to a candlelight vigil to mourn Ming Qu and Ying Wu, who were both 23 years old and studying electrical engineering. Photos of the vigil:

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Learning How to Take the SATs: Vladimir’s Story

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 at 11:23 am

Vladimir applied to college in the U.S. from Bosnia this year.  While not his favorite part of the process, he says taking the SATs gave him a certain sense of satisfaction.  This is his story of preparing for and taking that often-dreaded exam. I remember exactly how I felt filling in the last bubble on […]

New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Undergraduate-Focused

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Someone recently submitted the phrase “undergraduate-focused institution” to our Glossary of Confusing Words, saying: It might be confusing to spanish students because it’s not commen in spanish So, what does it mean if a college or university says it is “undergraduate-focused”? First of all, an undergraduate is someone who is pursuing an associate’s degree or […]

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Why You Should Consider Quality of International Student Services When Picking a School

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Monday, April 9th, 2012 at 7:43 am

When we, international students, make a list of schools we will be applying to, we may have a lot of criteria. For some of us, academic reputation is the most important factor, and for many availability of financial aid will play a decisive role. Location also tends to come into our calculations. But a commonly […]

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