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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 […]

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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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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More Student Visa Advice From a Visa Officer

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2012 at 9:07 am

You might remember we have previously shared advice from visa officers for getting your student visa.  They explained how to set yourself up for a successful visa interview by applying early, coming prepared with the correct paperwork properly filled out, and being able to show that you will return home after your studies. In a […]

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State Dept Increases Student Visa Processing Fee

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2012 at 8:08 am

The State Department has announced that, as of April 13, it is raising the visa processing fee for student visas. The fee will now be $160, up from $140. What other costs can you expect? Students from some countries may pay a visa reciprocity fee.  Look up your country here: Reciprocity by Country As a […]

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Events for International Students: April 2-6

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, March 30th, 2012 at 12:51 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 […]

Too Many Acceptance Letters? How to Weigh Your Options and Make a Decision

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, March 29th, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Yesterday we shared some advice for anyone whose university admissions decisions didn’t turn out as they might have hoped (Read: Battling a University Rejection? 5 Stories to Get Inspired).  But what if you’re facing the opposite situation? Getting into too many schools can sound like a great problem to have, but having to choose between […]

Is Small Talk the Key to Good Relations?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, March 29th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

You might remember our recent discussion about why international and American students often don’t mingle, sparked by a video of some very brave MSU students sharing their own opinions on the topic. Blogger Anniken, who is from Norway and studying in the U.S., saw the video and had her own take on it, suggesting that […]

Battling a University Rejection? 5 Stories to Get Inspired

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 at 10:39 am

I was with my dad on the way home from one of my softball games when my brother called and said that he letter had come in the mail. I couldn’t get home fast enough, but I was terrified. If you applied to study in the U.S. for next year, I’m sure you can relate […]

New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Faculty, Alumni

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 at 10:34 am

Today’s additions to the Glossary of Confusing Words are the words “faculty” and “alumni.” Olesya suggested them, saying she had come across them while preparing for the TOEFL, and asking: What’s the difference between these terms? Good question! Here’s the answer: Faculty = The professors and instructors of a university If you want to see […]

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Events for International Students: March 26-31

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, March 26th, 2012 at 9:25 am

We’re searching the web to find webinars and other online events of interest to prospective international students. Check here each Friday (yeah, we’re a couple of days late this week.  Sorry!) 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 […]

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