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How Can I Study in the US?VOA International Student Town Hall.
Posted by Voice of America – VOA on Wednesday, May 3, 2017
From Elly, Devon, and I, thanks for joining us on today’s live blog! Thank you to VOA and to George Washington University for hosting the Town Hall. And most importantly, thanks to all of our experts who joined us!!
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Paul White says both domestic and international students should step outside of their comfort zones and have conversations together.
How safe should international students feel?
Karen Pabon says Wellesley has partnered with MasterCard to give full scholarships for African women who have the potential to be transformative leaders.
Transferring for international students is similar whether transferring from another school in the United States or abroad. But, transferring in the U.S. can cause issues.
How flexible are Universities?Typically most are understanding if the situation is out of the control of students.
Sam Brown from BYU says “refugees bring a diverse perspective that is valued.”
What about refugees studying in USA?
Karen Pabon says some universities, like Wellesley, offer financial aid to international students.
Don’t get discouraged based on the website’s info on financial aid. “Dig deeper,” says Sarah Zaman.
Raj says there are creative ways to fund your education. He wrote letters to professors.
Financial aid versus scholarships?
Financial aid is for US citizens, typically not international students. However, international students are still eligible for scholarships.
What are colleges looking for in international students?
Sarah Zaman: “International students are an asset.”
James Dorsett: “MSU created a ‘You are welcome here’ video.”
International students feel welcomed and accepted in the United States.
What are initiatives to combat xenophobia? What about the travel ban?
Karen Pabon from Wellesley says that there are on-campus opportunities to work, and after graduation, you can do “practical training” in your field of study. There is also “curricular practical training” while you’re in school.
Ivy League schools are highly respected schools. They even turn out to be more affordable than international students think!
Sam Brown says “unless you try, you’ll never know,” so apply to high ranked schools!
Sarah Zaman, VOA host, states that it is more than okay for international students to express their needs at their US school!
Some international students are worried about coming to the USA.
International students bring value and enrichment to our institutions – Sam Brown.
This story suggests how to make friends as a shy international student! //blogs.voanews.com/student-union/2012/12/11/lily-suggests-how-to-make-friends-as-a-shy-international-student/
Its important to meet new people and develop relationships when you come to the United States.
Another international student says he feels like an ambassador for his country, so he teaches others about his culture while learning about theirs.
An international student says joining student organizations and attending on-campus events was very helpful. She joined Model UN and became vice-chair!
James Dorsett also says reaching out of comfort zone and talking to others is very important in learning English.
James Dorsett from Michigan State University says having a strong basis of English is very important, but there are courses that are for students with limited English proficiency.
Classroom culture in the United States can be a lot more informal than international students are used to. Even calling professors by their first name can be a challenge and a shock!
What are some of the first things students are exposed to in their orientation program?
Sam Brown from Brigham Young University says it is important to ask for help upfront to improve your grades.
What is classroom culture? How do I get good grades?
Our second group of panelists are Sam Brown, Brigham Young University, Raj Bhargava, Stanford University , Karen Zuffante Pabon, Wellesley College, and James Dorsett, Michigan State University.
Raj K. Bhargava from Stanford University advises that having an open mindset allows for more learning opportunities. He grew up in India and came to the USA alone.
What should an international student do to prepare themselves for American culture? Raj K. Bhargava says food, language, and family will be different.
Sarah Zaman is talking about American culture for international students and culture shock.
International students talk about how USA has better higher education and more opportunity for employment and other options.
Paul White says it is better to talk to the university than to use a third party when applying to schools in the USA.
International and US students still sit at different tables. Let’s bridge the gap! //blogs.voanews.com/student-union/2016/11/23/international-us-students-still-sit-at-different-tables/
An international student from China has faced difficulties with adjusting to life in the United States. Classroom culture can also be strange for international students.
Bianca Schonberg says as long as you have a high school diploma, you can apply for community college in the United States. However, it does depend on the school.
How can international students better integrate themselves in campus life? Doug Shaw says GW is working on programming to bridge international students with U.S. students.
Paul White says that you need to take the TOEFL as a requirement in your application as an international student to test your English skills. //blogs.voanews.com/student-union/2012/10/11/why-the-toefl-is-more-important-than-just-one-test-and-how-that-can-help-you-succeed/
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What do I do about my English skills?
Small school? Big school? What’s best for an international student? Paul White advises to look at all types of schools, but take into consideration the area, other international students, the faculty, and the community that is there.
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Is it normal for universities to work with an embassy to help in the visa process?
Can I come to the United States? What’s my visa situation like depending on where I’m coming from given the immigration issues?
Paul White says that “you have to know that the system will be different at the undergraduate level.”
International students just told us that the visa process was a difficulty. Here’s some advice!
Our first panelists for today’s event are Paul White, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Bianca Schonberg, Houston Community College, and Doug Shaw, George Washington University. Information about our panelists can be found here!
More than 1 million international students came to the USA last year!
Hi everyone, Devon here, thanks for joining the VOA Student Union team as we cover the VOA Town Hall at George Washington University! The event is about international students studying in the United States. If you have any questions of your own during the event, be sure to let us know!