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What’s it like to study in the U.S.? How do you get accepted to a university and earn a scholarship? How difficult is it to get a visa? Will you succeed academically and personally once you arrive?

On this website, international and American students will tell their stories and give their best advice about everything from college applications to making friends to passing final exams. We’ve added experts, too, who will help you navigate the choppy waters of getting here and making it all work out.

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And we want to hear from you as well!  Get involved by sharing your own stories (here) and asking questions about whatever you want to know (here)!

The Student Union is edited by Kathleen Struck.

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