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Dear Student Union Community…

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Dear Student Union community, When we launched the Student Union almost exactly three years ago, we didn’t really know what we were doing. Or, more accurately, I had no idea what I was doing. All I knew was that it should be a place for international students to share their stories – stories to help […]

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5 Free Online Events for International Students: August 25-31

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Saturday, August 24th, 2013 at 11:53 am

It’s a week for business school hopefuls, with the majority of webinars focused on advice for prospective MBA students. But there’s also a webinar from Kaplan on financing a graduate education, as well as another event in the State Department’s Study in the USA series. As always, if you attend any of the below events, […]

New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Undergraduate

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, August 19th, 2013 at 1:43 pm

We’ve previously covered the names for every school you attend in the U.S. education system, from kindergarten through higher education, but at which one of those schools are you an undergraduate? Thanks to Nubia for submitting this word to our Glossary of Confusing Words. Undergraduate An undergraduate is someone studying for their associate or bachelor’s […]

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9 Free Online Events for International Students: August 18-24

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Saturday, August 17th, 2013 at 9:18 am

After several light weeks, this week is jam-packed with online events, including the CollegeWeekLive International Students Day virtual college fair. That’s always a good one to check out if you’re thinking about college in the U.S. As always, if you attend any of the below events, report back and let us know what you learned! […]

12 Campus Spots Feeling Just as Conflicted About the End of Summer as You Are

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, August 15th, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Let’s be honest. By the end of the summer you’re just a little bit ready for it to be over – to get back to learning, to all your extracurricular activities, and especially to all your friends. Summer can sometimes get a bit lonely, right? Even if you do know that it’ll only take about […]

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This is How Much Money You Need When You Study in the US

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 at 6:28 pm

“One thing I’m concerned about,” an incoming student told us several weeks ago, is “whether there are any hidden costs that you can’t really find out about unless you’re there.” He was worried that, even if he was able to cover his tuition at an American university, he might still end up in financial trouble thanks to […]

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2 Free Online Events for International Students: August 11-17

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, August 9th, 2013 at 6:18 pm

As always, if you attend any of the below events, report back and let us know what you learned! (Use the comments, the Facebook page or just email me – jstahl@voanews.com). And please share any online events you’ve found that we haven’t. Coming up this week: August 14 MBA Watch: The Road to Your MBA 12pm US […]

5 Free Online Events for International Students: August 4-10

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, August 2nd, 2013 at 5:34 pm

As always, if you attend any of the below events, report back and let us know what you learned! (Use the comments, the Facebook page or just email me – jstahl@voanews.com). And please share any online events you’ve found that we haven’t. Coming up this week: August 6 CollegeWeekLive: Back to School Day Virtual Fair Details:  http://www.collegeweeklive.com/en_CA/Guest/CollegeWeekLive_BACK_TO_SCHOOL […]

5 Free Online Events for International Students: July 14-20

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, July 12th, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Another nice collection of online events, ranging from the SATs to business school to law school. So check them out. As always, if you attend any of the below events, report back and let us know what you learned! (Use the comments, the Facebook page or just email me – jstahl@voanews.com). And please share any online events […]

5 Free Online Events for International Students: July 7-13

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, July 5th, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Can you believe it’s July already? Hope you are enjoying your summer, but also using the extra free time to start researching school options and preparing for standardized tests. This week has a bunch of free webinars to help you plan ahead for your university applications. As always, if you attend any of the below […]

3 Free Online Events for International Students: June 30-July 6

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, July 1st, 2013 at 10:54 am

Another relatively light week for webinars, but a couple of good ones. Plus things are picking up the rest of the month, so stay tuned! As always, if you attend any of the below events, report back and let us know what you learned! (Use the comments, the Facebook page or just email me – jstahl@voanews.com). And […]

FAQs for Students Starting School in the US: What to wear, where to live, how to study, and much more

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, June 24th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

We know it’s not always that easy to find things on our site (sorry :/ ), but over the past three years we’ve covered just about anything an incoming student might need to know, from life in the dorms to getting along with Americans to how to avoid a plagiarism charge. Here are some of […]

2 Free Online Events for International Students: June 23-29

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, June 21st, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Well, it’s now officially summer, and webinars appear to be celebrating by taking a week off. There’s a relatively sparse selection this week, and it looks like more of the same next week, but what is available is worth checking out! As always, if you attend any of the below events, report back and let […]

Blythe Explains Why Making Mistakes is Vital to Improving Your English

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Nick Hoang’s article about how he improved his English by immersing himself in American culture was one of our first, and remains one of our most popular (check it out if you haven’t – it’s well worth it). English teacher Blythe recently chimed in in the comments to give some additional thoughts for English learners. His […]

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Over 300 Colleges Still Accepting Applications for the Fall

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, June 17th, 2013 at 11:38 am

Just because most colleges have their freshman classes picked out in March doesn’t mean it’s too late to find a spot for the fall. Thanks to the Common Application website and NACAC’s Space Availability Survey, here is a pretty extensive collection of schools that are still accepting applications to fill up their incoming freshman class […]

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